Game Story: ‘Cats Lose in Extras

Below is the game story from last night. Tough way to lose one for the ‘Cats on the walk-off wild pitch. Good news is the ValleyCats go for the series win tonight before returning home to play the worst team in the New York-Penn League (Aberdeen). Juri Perez is the starter tonight, who has a chance to re-take the NYPL lead in strikeouts. He’s currently T-5th in that category with 23, six behind Brooklyn’s Eduardo Aldama.

I’ll be back on the broadcast tonight with Matt Appel, the on-field emcee at ValleyCat home games. We’ll come on at 6:45 with the pregame show. Hope you can join us!

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – Tri-City played an extra inning game for the first time this season and it didn’t quite go as planned. The ‘Cats dropped game two of the three game set to Hudson Valley 2-1 in ten innings.

Neiko Johnson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the 10th but got picked off at second base for the second out to end a possible threat.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Renegades also got the leadoff batter on when Chris Winser knocked a single to left. After stealing second and advancing to third on a fielder’s choice, Winser represented the game-winning run at third.

Pitcher Ryan Cole got ahead of cleanup hitter Matt Rice 0-2 and it looked like the ValleyCats would extend the game to the 11th inning.

But, Cole’s two-strike slider crashed in the dirt, catcher Ryan McCurdy couldn’t find it, and Winser came sliding home for the walk-off wild pitch win over Tri-City.

The ‘Cats lost despite a good pitching performance from starter Nick Tropeano and the bullpen. Tropeano threw five innings of one-run ball, allowing just two hits. Three Tri-City pitchers combined for 4.2 innings, yielding just one run on two hits and two walks.

Tri-City’s offense managed just one run on three hits.

The ValleyCats go for the series win tomorrow night at Dutchess Stadium before returning home for a three-game weekend series versus Aberdeen. First pitch is set for 7:05.

Erik Elken

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