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November 11, 2008 - 1:44pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, muckdogs, sports.

From the Batavia Muckdogs:

Today, Red Wings Management, LLC announced that Travis Sick and Casey Freeman will accept new positions as general managers of the NY-Penn League champion Batavia Muckdogs’ front office.  Mr. Sick and Mr. Freeman were both instrumental in running the operation throughout the 2008 season.

Freeman, 31, joined the Muckdogs in May as the Director of Food and Beverage.  In that capacity, he was responsible for the significant upgrade to the food service operation at Dwyer Stadium.  Freeman’s background is in food and facility management.  He studied Hotel Resort Management at Finger Lakes Community College and earned a B.S. in Sport Studies at St. John Fisher College.  He performed an internship with the Red Wings organization in 2003.  Freeman will become the General Manager of Stadium Operations, effective November 11th.

Sick, 23, spent the 2008 season as Director of Ticket Operations for the Muckdogs, after joining the team in April.  Travis was born in Wayland, New York and attended Wayland-Cohocton Central School. He graduated from St. John Fisher College with a B.S. in both Sport Management and Business Management.  Travis was an intern with the Rochester Red Wings organization in 2007, working in the Group Sales and Promotions departments. He will become the General Manager of Baseball Operations November 11th.

In their new capacities, both gentlemen will sell group tickets and advertising, with Sick’s additional focus being on marketing, public relations and baseball matters , and Freeman’s on concessions, merchandise, website and stadium management.

“I am excited about the opportunity that we’ve been given,” said Travis Sick.  “We’re both very eager to get out there and start doing the job we know we can do for this franchise.  We’ve spent a season getting to know Batavia and its people, and I am confident we will do a job that will make the community proud.   This is a great time to be with an organization - coming off a championship season.  I can’t imagine it being any better.”

Casey Freeman added “We’ve learned a lot this past year, and will continue to learn.  But this is a job that we are both well prepared for and looking forward to.  We understand that there will be challenges in turning this into a high functioning franchise, but we like the enthusiasm we see in this town. I just returned from a New York Penn League meeting, and my goal is to bring this franchise up to the level of some of the other successful franchises in our league.  The other teams are very supportive of our efforts and they promise they will do all they can to share insight into their success. With that and the support of the Red Wings, we certainly have a great start.”

“We are very pleased to be able to retain these two fine young baseball executives within our organization”, stated Naomi Silver, Chairman of the Board of Red Wings Management and the Rochester Red Wings, its parent company.  “They did an outstanding job for us this past season and we are confident that they will be effective in their respective areas of responsibility.  These are two individuals who have a good working knowledge of how a baseball organization should run, and they each have a genuine interest in providing the fans and sponsors of Muckdogs baseball with a quality experience.  They will do what is necessary to grow this franchise.”

Both men will continue to work closely with Red Wings’ General Manager, Dan Mason.  “I see real talent in these two gentlemen.  They both know that it takes a lot of heart and a lot of hard work to make an organization a success.  They have skills and a work ethic that is critical to our line of work, and they love their jobs.  I think they both have very bright futures, and I am very pleased to be able to keep them both on our staff”, said Mason.

The Muckdogs front office will be launching a significant sales initiative this month in anticipation of a very positive public response following the capture of the New York Penn League Championship.  Mr. Mason stated “An organization can wait years for the kind of success we had on the field in our first year running this team.  The fan response has been really great.  It is an exciting time in this franchise’s history, and that of this community.  To have gone from the team almost disappearing to being the best in the League is incredible. Experience tells us that the year following a championship is always a big year and Travis and Casey are ready for that job.”

November 10, 2008 - 9:11am

We were wondering when the Muckdogs would make their appearance in the Holland Land Office Museum's countdown of the Twenty-Five Things that Made Genesee County Famous. Well, they've made it. They broke the top ten. They come in at No. 9.

So we all know why we here in Genesee County love the Muckdogs—and we loved them all the more after the brought home the league title this summer. But how do the 'Dawgs make Genesee County famous?

Here's Pat Weissend, director of the Holland Land Office Museum:

Although Batavia is one of the smallest cities in America to have a Minor League franchise, the team consistently ranks near the top of the merchandise sold list. More than 100 Little League and softball teams across the country use Muckdogs as their team name.

Not to mention the world champs:

Many major leaguers began their professional careers in Batavia including World Series champions and current members of the Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Kyle Kendrick, Ryan Madson and JA Happ. National media outlets visited Batavia in 1998 when Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams played left field for the team. Some of the early Batavia greats were Jack Tighe, Dick Fowler, Manny Sanguillen and Doc Ellis. Clarence (Cito) Gaston led Batavia and the league in homers and runs batted in while playing for the 1966 Trojans. Gaston won two World Series as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1990s.

Congrats, Muckdogs!

OK, now that we're getting near the top of the list, it's time to start making some predictions. Surely, William Morgan will crack the top five. Bill Kauffman has got to be up there, too, as someone who has quite consciously made Genesee County famous with his book: Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette. A controversy over a transgender science teacher at a Batavia city school has to be at least number three.

What do you think? What's your number one?

Be sure to keep your browser tuned to the Holland Land Office Museum in the coming weeks. We could see our number one by the end of the year.

October 29, 2008 - 10:05pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, baseball, muckdogs, sports.

Four former Batavia Muckdogs just earned World Series rings.

The Philadelphia Phillies just beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the World Series 4 games to 1, claiming the first team title in 28 years.

Philadelphia used to be the parent club of the Muckdogs before St. Louis took over two years ago and some players on the team got their professional baseball start in Batavia.

First baseman Ryan Howard hit six homers in Batavia, playing 48 games in 2001. Second baseman Chase Utley batted .307 while playing 40 games in 2000.

Starting pitcher J.A. Happ went 1-2 in 11 starts for Batavia in 2004 and reliever Ryan Madson had a 5-5 record in 15 starts in 1999.

October 16, 2008 - 12:07am
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, baseball, muckdogs, sports.

 The Philadelphia Phillies are moving on to the World Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight, and several of the players on that roster started their professional baseball career in Batavia.

The Phillies were the parent club of the Batavia Muckdogs before the St. Louis Cardinals took control two seasons ago and they developed some quality players that are now going to have a shot to win a Major League Baseball title. 

Philadelphia beat the Dodgers 5-1 in the NLCS and are moving on to the "Fall Classic" for the first time since 1993.

First baseman Ryan Howard hit six home runs in 48 games for the Muckdogs in 2001, including a shot to right field that is often talked about as the longest in Dwyer Stadium history.

Second baseman Chase Utley had a .307 batting average while playing 40 games with Batavia in 2000.

Starting pitcher J.A. Happ started 11 games and went 1-2 for the Muckdogs in 2004 and reliever Ryan Madson went 5-5 in 15 starts for Batavia back in 1999.

 These former Batavia Muckdogs along with the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies will open up the World Series next Wednesday against either the Tampa Bay Rays or the Boston Red Sox.

Tampa Bay currently leads that series 3-1.

September 22, 2008 - 10:10pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in Batavia Muckdogs, muckdogs, city council, sports.

It's official! City Council this evening proclaimed September 22, 2008: Muckdogs Day. The 2008 NY-Penn League champions have since dispersed, many of the young players heading to St. Louis for the Cardinals post-season training camp, so that means no go on a parade for this year. But plans are already in the works to hold a victory parade when the champs return to Batavia in June.

We'll be sure to pass along more info as it becomes available.


In other City Council news...

A public hearing has been set for October 14 to discuss a local law that would abolish the city's Board of Ethics. If the action goes through, the city will in future refer all "ethics issues" to the county's Board of Ethics.

September 9, 2008 - 10:29am
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

In their first playoff game, Batavia (0-1) lost to Lowell (1-0) in extra innings by a score of 4-3.  Hector Cardenas was brilliant in the start for the Muckdogs.  He went six innings with one hit, one run, four walks and ten strikeouts.  Zach Pitts (0-1) got the loss in his one inning of work with one hit, one run, three walks and one strikeout.  Spinner Robert McClain (1-0) picked up the win in his two and a third innings with three strikeouts.

Lowell got up early, scoring one in the first on two walks and two ground outs.  It remained a 1-0 game until Batavia scored three runs in the 6th.  Edwin Gomez double and Colt Sedbrook had a RBI single to start things off.  The bases then became loaded as Charlie Cutler reached on a force attempt and Jermaine Curtis was hit by a pitch.  Shane Peterson then walked to send Sedbrook home.  Chris Swauger then grounded out for the Muckdogs' third and final run.

The Spinners started their comeback in the 8th as they scored one on two doubles by Peter Hissey and Mitch Dening.  They tied things up and sent the game into extras in the bottom of the 9th on a solo homerun by Will Middlebrooks.  And finally, in the bottom of the 12th, Lowell plated one more to get the win.  Bases became loaded before Ryan Dent was served up a walk that plated the deciding run.

Batavia's Edwin Gomez went 3-for-5 in the game with a double and run scored.  The two teams play their second contest tonight at 7:05 in Batavia.  If Batavia wins, the rubber-match will again be at Dwyer Stadium on Wednesday.  Remember, home field advantage only counts when we have a stadium full of fans, so get out to the ballpark this week!

September 7, 2008 - 1:52pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

The Batavia Muckdogs (46-28) clinched a first place finish in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League and ended their regular season last night as they took down State College (18-56) 4-1.

Miguel Tapia started on the mound and Scott Gorgen (5-2) got the win in his five innings of great pitching.  Gorgen let up only three hits and one walk while striking out five.  Adam Reifer (22) got the save in the 9th with no hits, runs or walks and one strikeout.  Gabriel Alvarado (0-1) finished his season suffering the loss, throwing one and one third innings with three hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout.

The Muckdogs put two on the board in the 2nd, starting the inning with a single by Xavier Scruggs.  Jose Garcia then reached on a throwing error, putting two on for Edwin Gomez to drive home on a double.  The Spikes answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning when Adenson Chourio and Ciro Rosero both singled.  Chourio moved to third on a force out before coming home on a wild pitch.

But that would be all the State College offense of the night, while Batavia scored one more run in each the 4th and the 8th.  In the 4th, Garcia singled, stole a base and came home on a wild pitch.  And in the 8th, the bottom of the inning started off with a Christian Rosa singled and Jermaine Curtis walked.  On a pickoff attempt, the Spikes had a throwing error that allowed Rosa to come around to score.

Rosa and Scruggs had the only multi-hit nights for the Muckdogs. Rosa went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Scruggs went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.

*I'll have another post with final regular season stats and playoff info. later!

September 6, 2008 - 4:59pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

Batavia (45-28) won big over State College (18-55) by a score of 10-2, but Jamestown swept Williamsport in a doubleheader to take a share of the division lead.  However, Brooklyn lost, securing at least a wild card spot for the Muckdogs.

Adam Veres (1-1) got the start and win in six innings with five hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts.  Ramon Aguero (1-10) suffered the loss, pitching two and a third innings with eight hits, six runs (five earned) and two strikeouts.

The Muckdogs scored all their runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, beginning with three runs in the 2nd.  Christian Rosa singled and Chris Swauger followed with a two-run homerun.  Later in the inning, Jose Garcia singled and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Edwin Gomez then singled to bring Garcia home.

In the top of the 3rd, the Spikes scored on a walk, single and force out.  But Batavia answered right back with three more runs in the bottom of the inning.  The runs came on a Shane Peterson single, Rosa triple, Swauger single and Frederick Parejo single.

Their biggest inning came in the four-run 4th.  It all started when bases were loaded after Charlie Cutler was hit by a pitch, Peterson reached on an error and Rosa walked.  Swauger then came up with another RBI on a sacrifice fly.  Parejo followed with a RBI single.  The last two tallies came when Garcia reached on a throwing error that allowed two to come home.

Swauger ended the night 2-for-3 with a homerun, two runs scored and four RBI.  Rosa also went 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and one RBI.  The two teams face each other again tonight in Batavia at 7:05.

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Tonight, Batavia can clinch a first place finish with a win over State College.  As stated earlier, the Muckdogs are a guaranteed playoff team after Brooklyn fell out of the wild-card race with a loss last night.  Here's where our Muckdog players stand in the NYPL:

  • Adam Reifer: 2nd in saves (21); 1st in games (31).
  • Colt Sedbrook: 7th in batting (.306 BA); 4th in hits (83).
  • Jose Garcia: 2nd in stolen bases (25); 5th in runs scored (46).
  • Shane Peterson: 2nd in on-base percentage (.402); T2nd in doubles (20).
  • Collectively: 3rd in batting (.268 BA); 3rd in pitching (3.30 ERA).
September 5, 2008 - 9:26am
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

It looked like it was going to be a close game -- until Jamestown (44-29) scored twelve runs in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th innings to put it well out of reach for the Muckdogs (44-28), as the Jammers won 13-4 and moved to just a half game out of first place.

Zach Pitts (1-5) started the game and got the loss as he threw four and a third innings with two hits, three runs (one earned), two walks and three strikeouts.  Arquimedes Nieto had a rough outing when he came in to pitch in the 6th.  His once league-leading low ERA rose more than a point, as he allowed seven hits, eight runs and two walks.  Tom Koehler (5-5) was tough for Batavia in his start.  He got the win through his five innings with four hits, one run, one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Muckdogs took a 1-0 lead in the 1st when Colt Sedbrook singled, stole second and came home when Shane Peterson doubled.  Jamestown tied it up in the 3rd on a solo homerun off the bat of Justin Bass.  They added two more in the 5th in an inning that included a throwing error, a walk and two hit batsmen.  Three more Jammer runs in the next inning made the game 6-1.

Batavia scored their second run in the 6th.  Sedbook led off the inning with a walk.  Peterson then doubled moving Sedbrook to third before Charlie Cutler came up with a RBI single. But, Jamestown scored six runs in the very next inning to put the game well out of reach.  Batavia's last two runs came in the 7th when Jose Garcia walked, Jermaine Curtis singled and Sedbrook doubled to score both.

Sedbrook went 3-for-4 in the game with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.  Peterson went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and one RBI. The other multi-hit night came from Edwin Gomez, who went 2-for-4 with a double.

The Muckdogs are home today and tomorrow for the last two regular season games of the year against State College.  Get out to Dwyer and support the team as they try to clinch a first place finish!

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With two games left, here's where our top players sit in the NYPL:

  • In his rough outing, Arquimedes dropped to 10th in pitching with a 2.95 ERA and 6-1 record.
  • Adam Reifer is 2nd in saves with 21 and tied for 1st in games with 30.
  • Colt Sedbrook's .311 BA is 7th in the league.  He is also 3rd in hits (83) and 3rd in on-base percentage (.399).
  • Jose Garcia is 2nd in stolen bases with 25 and tied for 4th with 45 runs scored.
  • Shane Peterson has a .406 on-base percentage which puts him in 2nd.
  • The team is 2nd in batting (.268) and 3rd in pitching (3.34)
September 4, 2008 - 7:52am
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

In the 7-2 loss last night, the Muckdogs (44-27) now sit just a game and a half above the Jammers (43-29) in first place in the Pinckney Division.  Errors proved costly for Batavia in the contest, as they had five, and the pitching staff was less sharp than they have been of late.

Josh Hester (2-2) picked up the loss in his start.  He threw two and a third innings with nine hits, seven runs (four earned) and three strikeouts.  Jammer Elih Villanueva (2-1)got the win as he pitched the first six innings with six hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts.

Jamestown wasted no time jumping to an early lead as they scored five runs in the 1st inning.  Two singles followed by a three-run homerun off the bat of Miguel Fermin started the assault.  Two RBI singles later in the inning made it a 5-0 game.

The Muckdogs first got on the board in the 3rd.  They scored one run when Edwin Gomez doubled and came home when Shane Peterson singled.  The Jammers answered right back with two more runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.  Ernie Banks reached on a fielding error before Joel Staples singled and Brandon Turner followed with a double.

Batavia tried to rally in the 8th, scoring once more on singles by Peterson and Frederick Parejo.  Parejo went 3-for-4 in the game with a RBI.  Jermaine Curtis went 2-for-5 with a double.  Peterson also was 2-for-5, with a RBI and a run scored.

The Muckdogs come HOME to Dwyer Stadium tonight at 7:05 to take on Jamestown again; a win can clinch a first place finish.

September 3, 2008 - 8:03am
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

Batavia (44-26) had eight doubles in their 10-2 win over State College (16-54).  With the win and another Jamestown loss, the Muckdogs now have a two and a half game lead as they sit in first place.

Thomas Eager (6-3) got the win in the start, going five innings with three hits, one run, three walks and one strikeout.  Tyler Cox (0-1) picked up his first decision in the loss, going two innings with five hits, three runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

The game was scoreless until the 3rd when Batavia scored one when Jose Garcia hit a double and Jermaine Curtis reached on a throwing error, enabling Garcia to come home.  The Spikes came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning, scoring after the bases were loaded after a walk, single and hit batsman.  Jeremy Farrell then hit a sacrifice fly for the one run.

But the game didn't stay tied long, as the Muckdogs plated another run on a Charlie Cutler walk and Xavier Scruggs double in the 4th, and they never looked back.  Two more tallies were added in the 5th.  Back-to-back doubles by Garcia and Curtis scored the first.  The other run came as Cutler singled to score Curtis.

Another two was added in the 6th.  To start things, Chris Swauger doubled and Edwin Gomez singled.  Garcia then hit into a force out which brought Swauger home.  A double by Curtis later in the inning scored Garcia.

Batavia's big inning came in the 8th as they scored four runs in the inning.  Gomez singled, Garcia doubled, Curtis doubled, Colt Sedbrook singled and Shane Peterson singled to plate the four runs on five hits.

State College showed some life in the bottom of the 9th as they plated one on a fielding error and a single, but the Muckdog damage was too great.

Garcia ended the night 3-for-6 with three doubles, four runs, two RBI and a stolen base.  Curtis also had three doubles as he went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI.  Let's hope Batavia can carry this offensive surge into Jamestown tonight as they strive for that first place finish.

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Here's where our Muckdogs stand in the NYPL:

  • Thomas Eager: 2nd in pitching (6-3, 1.76 ERA)
  • Arquimedes Nieto: 3rd in pitching (6-1, 1.76 ERA)
  • Adam Reifer: T1st in saves (21); 1st in games (30)
  • Colt Sedbrook: 7th in batting (.309); 3rd in hits (80); 3rd in on-base percentage (.396)
  • Jose Garcia: 2nd in stolen bases (25); T4th in runs scored (44)
  • Shane Peterson: 2nd in on-base percentage (.403)
  • As a team: 2nd in batting (.268); 3rd in pitching (3.23)
September 2, 2008 - 10:30pm
posted by Russ Salway in baseball, muckdogs, dwyer stadium, Red wings, fans, playoffs.

We have come a long ways from city council meetings and searching for ways to save our team! The community needs to come together now for a strong finish with attendance and what better way to come together with a very possible playoff run? I challenge everyone on this site to bring family, friends or co-workers to the remaining games at Dwyer stadium. We have three home games left on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Then the playoffs! Yes the playoffs! Lets fill the stands, make some noise and have some fun at 299 Dwyer!  Let's send a message to Rochester thanking them for saving "OUR TEAM" and let them know we will be here for years to come supporting our team!  Business owners, buy two tickets to the rest of the games and give them away to your employees. Season ticket holders, bring a friend to the remaining games.  Every little bit helps, we have proven that since last December. I will see you there! Thanks Dave, Naomi, Travis, Mollie, Rock, Barb and all of the other great people associated with the Muckdogs!  You have done a great job all season with all the obstacles you have hurdled! From the season opener with the rain delay to the end of the season, you have been great! GO DOGS!

September 2, 2008 - 10:09pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

The Muckdogs won tonight 10-2 as Jamestown fell 2-1 to Williamsport...increasing Batavia's first place lead to 2.5 games!!  We had an astounding 8 doubles on the night in our second straight big win.

Full game re-cap and new league standings & leaders to come in the morning!

September 2, 2008 - 9:24am
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

With a Batavia win and a Jamestown loss yesterday, the Muckdogs now sit in first place, 1 1/2 games above the Jammers.  The Muckdogs are also doing well individually.  Here's a look:

  • In the NYPL, Arquimedes Nieto is in 2nd place for pitching, with a 1.76 ERA and 6-1 record.
  • Adam Reifer remains tied for 1st in saves with 21 and leads in games with 30.
  • Colt Sedbrook is 6th in batting (.311), 3rd in hits (79) and 3rd in on-base percentage (.399)
  • Shane Peterson's 19 doubles put him in a three-way tie for 2nd place.  His .403 on-base percentage is 2nd in the league.
  • Jose Garcia is 2nd in stolen bases with 24.
  • Collectively, the team is 3rd in both hitting and pitching with a combined BA of .265 and ERA of 3.27.
September 1, 2008 - 9:40pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

The Muckdogs' (43-26) 13-0 win against the Spikes (16-53) was as lopsided in the stats as in the score.  State College had only three hits and five errors compared to Batavia's twelve hits and no errors, in a great game offensively and on the mound for the first place Muckdogs.

In the start, Scott Gorgen (4-2) earned himself the win in five innings with two hits, one walk and one strikeout.  Miguel Tapia followed him with one hit and four strikeouts through three innings, and LaCurtis Mayes pitched the 9th with two strikeouts to close-out the shutout.  The Spikes' Brian Leach (1-3) lasted three and a third innings with five hits, six runs (four earned) and three walks in the loss.

The Muckdogs wasted no time getting on-board, as they scored two in the 1st on a Colt Sedbrook single and Shane Peterson two-run homerun.  The biggest inning of the night came in the 4th as they scored four runs.  Bases were loaded early as Charlie Cutler walked, Xavier Scruggs doubled and Frederick Parejo also walked.  Cutler came in to score when Chris Swauger hit into a force out.  After Edwin Gomez walked, both Scruggs and Swauger came home on a fielding error.  Gomez scored the last run of the inning as he came home when Sedbrook hit into a force out.

Batavia scored once more in the 6th on singles by Gomez and Jermaine Curtis.  They scored three runs in the next inning, starting with two walks to Cutler and Scruggs.  Another error enabled Cutler to move to third to be in position to come home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Parejo.  Swauger then hit one deep to right for the Muckdogs' second two-run shot of the night.

As if 10-0 wasn't enough, Batavia tacked on three more runs in the 9th.  Parejo reached on an error and Gomez walked before Alex Castellanos came up with pinch-hit triple to get himself two RBI.  He then came home when Curtis hit a sacrifice fly.

Curtis ended the night 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.  Sedbrook got things swinging again, going 3-for-6 with a RBI and run scored.  The Spikes host the Muckdogs again tomorrow night before Batavia travels to Jamestown.   I'll bring the new NYPL standings first thing to you in the morning.

September 1, 2008 - 7:11pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

As of right now, Jamestown lost a 1-0 game to Williamsport and our Muckdogs are up 7-0 against the Spikes in State College...I'll have a full game re-cap later, as well as updated standings and statistics when all the NYPL games are completed!

Since this is the last week of the regular season, I'll have full game re-caps and standings/stats EVERY DAY! So, be sure to check back in and get out to Dwyer this Thursday, Friday and Saturday as we continue our quest for the NYPL title!

August 31, 2008 - 4:13pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

In the battle for first, the Muckdogs (42-26) overtook the lead as they beat rival Jamestown (42-27) by a score of 5-3.  Ramon Delgado (6-1) looked sharp once again in the start, getting the win in his five innings with three hits, one run and seven strikeouts.  Brad Hand (0-2) came out on the losing end for the Jammers, going four and two-thirds innings with six hits, three runs, three walks and five strikeouts.

Batavia started off the offense by scoring three runs in the 2nd inning.  Shane Peterson walked, Christian Rosa singled and Frederick Parejo was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Chris Swauger then came up with a two RBI single.  In the next at-bat, Edwin Gomez singled to score Parejo.  The Jammers got on the board in the top of the 3rd as Brandon Turner singled and Justin Bass had a RBI triple.

The score remained 3-1 until the Muckdogs added two insurance runs in the 8th.  Charlie Cutler, Parejo and Swauger started off the inning with consecutive base hits to score one.  Jermaine Curtis had a sacrifice fly to score Batavia's fifth and last run of the game.  Jamestown looked to make things interesting in the 9th as they scored two runs on a single and triple, but to no avail.

Curtis ended 2-for-2 with an RBI.  Parejo and Swauger both went 2-for-3; Parejo had two runs scored and Swauger had three RBI.  The Muckdogs now sit half a game up of the Jammers.  Batavia now heads to State College for two games, before traveling to Jamestown again on Wednesday.

August 31, 2008 - 12:34pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

Going into today's game vs. Jamestown, Batavia is a 1/2 game out of first in the Pinckney Division with a record of 41-26.  A win today would swap places with the Jammers again to put us back in first.  Here's where some of our top players are in the league:

  • With his first loss of the season last night, Arquimedes Nieto dropped to 3rd in pitching with a 6-1 record and 1.76 ERA.
  • Adam Reifer is tied for the lead in saves with 21 and is first in games with 29.
  • Colt Sedbrook is 6th in batting with a .313 BA, tied for 3rd in hits with 76 and 2nd in on-base percentage at .404.
  • Jose Garcia's 24 stolen bases on the season put him in 2nd place in the league.
  • Shane Peterson has a .403 on-base percentage, the 3rd best.
  • The Muckdogs as a team are 5th in pitching with a 3.35 ERA and 4th in hitting with a .263 combined BA.
August 31, 2008 - 12:55am
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

On their 5 game road trip, the Muckdogs won two, lost two and were rained out once as they continue the fight for first place in the Pinckney Division with Jamestown, with whom they dropped a game to tonight.  Here's a quick look at these past 4 games:

  • Tuesday, August 26:  Mahoning Valley 8, Batavia 7-  The Muckdogs had a 4-run rally in the 9th to battle back after 4 errors to tie the game 7-7, but they couldn't hold on for the victory.  Jason Buursma (1-3) suffered the loss in his 2/3 of an inning, letting in 1 run with 3 walks.  Edwin Gomez was the biggest power at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homerun, 3 runs scored and a RBI.
  • Wednesday, August 27:  RAINOUT- Inclement weather cancelled the second game of the road trip.  There is no make-up for this game.
  • Thursday, August 28:  Batavia 11, Williamsport 7-  The day off must have helped the Muckdogs, as they got back on the winning track.  Thomas Eager (5-3) got the win, throwing 4 innings with 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.  Adam Reifer picked up his 20th save in his 1/3 inning of work.  Charlie Cutler went 4-for-5 with a homerun, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.  Shane Peterson went 3-for-6 with a double.
  • Friday, August 29: Batavia 4, Williamsport 2-  This time, the opposition suffered from errors, as Williamsport had 3 in the game to help Batavia get another win.  Hector Cardenas (5-0) kept his perfect record through 5 innings with 2 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.  Reifer (21) pitched 1 1/3 with a strikeout to get the save.  Batavia's 5 hits were scattered throughout the lineup;  Peterson had the sole extra-base hit, a double, on the night.
  • Saturday, August 30: Jamestown 10, Batavia 2-  5 errors in the first game of the pivitol series of the year proved costly for the Muckdogs.  Arquimedes Nieto (6-1) lost his perfect record, as he got the loss in his 4 innings with 8 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.  Jose Garcia and Cutler had the only multi-hit nights; Garcia went 2-for-4 with 2 stolen bases and Cutler finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Muckdogs had  a 1/2 game lead going into Jamestown, but now swapped places with the Jammers after the loss.  The official standings and stats have not been posted yet, but I will bring them to you in the morning (or shall I say later this morning since it's already 1:00)...

The series continues Sunday at Dwyer at 1:05.

August 29, 2008 - 12:44pm
posted by Mollie Radzinski in baseball, muckdogs.

Many people like Minor League Baseball because they can see players as they get their start in professional baseball and then continue to follow their progress as they try to make it up to the big leagues.  We have had several players moved up to be River Bandits in Quad Cities, Iowa.  Here is a look at how they have done so far:

  • Lance Lynn, Pitcher:  Lynn had 2 starts as a River Bandit before being placed on the DL for his elbow.  In his two starts, he has a 2.25 ERA and a 0-1 record.  He threw a total of 8 innings with 8 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
  • Blake Murphy, Catcher:  One of Batavia's biggest power hitters, Murphy isn't doing as well at the next level.  He is batting just .196, with 11 hits in 56 at-bats.  He has 1 double, 1 homerun, 9 walks and 20 strikeouts through 19 games.
  • Domnit Boliver, Third Base:  Bolivar was the primary shortstop while in Batavia, but has spent most of his time at third for the River Bandits.  He has an average of .254 with 16 doubles, 5 triples, 7 homeruns and 36 RBI.  He also has stolen 4 bases. (*note that these numbers are from his entire time in Quad Cities.  He started there in April, moved down to Batavia in early July, and moved back up in early August.  These stats include his time before and after playing in Batavia (87 games)).
  • Jameson Maj, Pitcher:  In 4 games, Maj has a 0-2 record, 5.40 ERA and 1 save.  In 16 2/3 innings he has allowed 17 hits, 10 runs and 2 walks while striking out 15.  He has served equal time as a starter and a reliever, throwing 2 games as each.
  • Jon Edwards, Outfield:  Edwards has a .250 average in 64 at-bats through 18 games, serving most of his time in right field.  He has 16 hits, including 3 doubles, 2 homeruns and 10 RBI.  He has performed best against lefties, batting a big .462 against them.

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