The Batavia Muckdogs improved their record to 37--23 with a 10-1 win over Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Dwyer Stadium tonight.
The Muckdogs retained their half-game first-place lead over Jamestown, who beat State College tonight 2-1.
Thomas Eager improved his record to 4-3 by going five innings and giving up only two hits and one run, though he did walk four.
Eager carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when a line shot from the first batter he faced bounced off his glove toward the third base line. The next batter singled to left and then Eager issued a walk. A run scored on a double play, and then Eager walked the next two batters -- missing badly on several pitches -- to load the bases again. He retired the next batter he faced, however.
(Sorry, while I was there -- I wasn't keeping score, so I don't have the names of the Scapper batters involved in that one-run inning.)
In only his third game as a Muckdog, second baseman Alejandro Castellanos went 3-4 with a triple and two RBI.
Chris Swauger also had three hits, while Edwin Gomez and Cold Sedbrook each had two (Box Score).
Eight of the Muckdog's runs came in an explosive third inning, which proved to be a preview of the fireworks that would follow the game.
The post-game show was worth the $5 GA by itself. It was a major league exhibition lasting for at least 20 minutes.
The announced paid attendance was 1,490.
There should have been at least another 1,000 people there to see the first-place Muckdogs continue its quest for a division crown (not to mention the great fireworks show).
Dave Wellenzohn was energetic as always with between inning games and promotions. He certainly throws himself into supporting the team.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to see my favorite Muckdog, sweet-swining Beau Riportella, who rode the bench for the night.
Saturday at 7:05 p.m. the Muckdogs take on Williamsport while Jamestown visits Auburn. Game time for Sunday is 1:05 p.m.