Renegades Hold On; Top Birds, 3-2

IronBirds Drop Third Straight Game by One Run

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – For the third straight day, the IronBirds dropped a one-run game as the Renegades topped the Birds, 3-2, on Friday night. Trailing by a pair of runs in the ninth inning, 1B Cameron Edman belted his first home run of the season down the right field line. Aberdeen fell just short however, as Anthony Vega struck out swinging to end the game with men on first and second in the top of the ninth.

Hudson Valley struck first on Friday night. Facing RHP Mark Blackmar, SS Ryan Dunn singled to lead off the inning. Dunn scored later on in the frame on a RBI groundout by C Jake DePew.

The IronBirds tied up the game at one in the top of the third. With one out, C Sam Kimmel singled to center. With Anthony Vega at the plate, Kimmel swiped second base. Vega then singled to center. Kimmel came around score after CF Joey Rickard bobbled the ball in center.

The Renegades quickly regained their one-run lead. Despite not getting a hit in the third, Hudson Valley plated an unearned run in the bottom of the third. 2B Tommy Coyle reached on a two-out walk. Coyle advanced to second following a Blackmar throwing error on a pickoff attempt. The Renegades inning stayed alive as SS Ryan Dunn reached on Torsten Boss fielding error. Now with men on the corners, Blackmar was called for a balk and Coyle trotted home to give the Renegades the lead.

Blackmar exited his sixth start of the year after six innings on the hill. He allowed two runs, one earned, on just one hit.

Hudson Valley added a critical insurance run off RHP Ken Wise in the bottom of the eighth because for a second straight night things got interesting in the top of the ninth inning.

Facing LHP Shay Crawford, Cameron Edman launched his first home run down the right field line with one out in the inning. After SS Anthony Caronia grounded out, Joel Hutter stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter. Hutter lined a Crawford pitch into right-center and hustled into second for a double. Creede Simpson followed up Hutter with a walk. Next to the plate was Anthony Vega. Vega led off Friday night’s game with a triple but Shay Crawford won the battle in the ninth as Vega went down on strikes.

Reinaldo Lopez (2-1) picked up the win for the Renegades while Mark Blackmar (2-3) got the tough luck loss. Shay Crawford notched his first save of the year in the win.

The IronBirds and Renegades will head south on Saturday and begin a two-game series at Ripken Stadium. RHP Juan Guzman (1-0, 1.38) will get the ball for the Birds while RHP Jeff Ames (2-0, 0.96) will start for Hudson Valley.

First pitch in Aberdeen is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night with coverage on the IronBirds Radio Network beginning at 6:50 p.m.

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