The Muckdogs (37-23) excelled on both sides of the plate to take down Mahoning Valley (26-35) by a score of 10-1. Thomas Eager (4-3) started and earned the win in five innings with two htis, one run, four walks and five strikeouts (including four straight). George Brown (3) picked up the save in the 9th, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout. On the losing end, Mark Rodrigues (0-2) went two-thirds innings with three hits and four runs.
Batavia had one of their biggest innings of the season, scoring eight runs in the 3rd inning to put the game out of reach. It all started when Chris Swauger and Edwin Gomez plated back-to-back singles. Jose Garcia then had a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners one base. When Frederick Parejo was up next, he reached and the two runners scored on a fielder's choice; Parejo then moved to second on a throwing error. Colt Sedbrook singled in the next at-bat to score Parejo.
Shane Peterson then reached on another fielder's choice, Osvaldo Morales was hit by a pitch and Charlie Cutler singled to load the bases. Alex Castellanos then came up with a two RBI single. After Swauger walked to load the bases again, Gomez had his second hit of the inning, a three-run double. The Muckdogs scored the eight runs on six hits and an error and had thirteen come up to the plate during the inning.
Mahoning Valley's only run came in the 5th inning as singles by Brock Simpson and Jeremie Tice put two on. Simpson scored the only run when he came home on a double play ball. On the night, Swauger was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored. Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. They finish out the weekend with a three-game series against Williamsport at home.
*At the completion of all tonight's NYPL games, I'll have an update on our standings!*