Muckdogs Struggle Through Dog Days of Summer

Since being in first on July 22nd the Muckdogs have hit a snag in their quest to win the New York-Penn League. The Muckdogs are 5 and 10 since taking over first place from the Jamestown Jammers. The Pinckney Division is the most competitive in the NY-Penn League and since this skid the Muckdogs sit in 5th place, five and a half games out of first.


The Muckdogs had a huge series with the Staten Island Yankees which sawRochester’s own Cito Culver make a smashing homecoming. In his first game back in Rochester Cito hit his first two home runs of the year in a route of the ‘Dawgs 10 to 1. The second game of the series saw the Muckdogs bounce back and win a close one4 to 3. Cito went 1 for 3 with an RBI. In the final game of the series the Muckdogs blew a 6 run led in front of 2,445, the first sell out in years. This was the largest total attended three game series in Muckdogs history.


Since the Yankees series the Muckdogs are 3 and 6 and struggling to score runs. Scoring more then 3 runs only 3 times resulting in 2 wins.


The Muckdogs will be well represented at the All-Star game with 6 players making the team the most of any team in the NY-Penn league. Joey Bergman, David Medina, Juan Castillo, pitchers Jonathan Cornelius, Seth Maness, and Todd McInnis will represent the Muckdogs.


The Muckdogs have a doubleheader today with the Brooklyn Cyclones.


Did you know? Babe Ruth hit more home runs than 10 of the 15 other teams in Major League Baseball in 1921.

Stephen Willhauck

Muckdogs in First!!

Since Superhero Night the Muckdogs have been a real force, winning 5 of 7, and moving into a three way tie for first place.


The Muckdogs finished the home stand vs. Tri-City with a 4 to 3 win in very crazy fashion. The Muckdogs gave up a 3 run lead in the top of the 9th only to score the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th on a botched squeeze play. With Garrett Wittels on third and David Medina at the plate, Wittels took off for home andMedina didn’t swing, leaving Wittels high and dry. During the pickle that ensued Wittels scored on a throwing error by ValleyCats third baseman Matthew Duffy.


Batavia then took 2 of 3 against the Auburn Doubledays. In the first game of the series Sean Watson picked up his first win for the Muckdogs and Danny Miranda picked up his 7th save as the Muckdogs won 4 to 2.  In the second game of the series the Muckdogs bats were hot as they had 15 hits and Nick Martini was the only starter without a hit. Casey Rasmus lead the Muckdogs with 3 hits, 2runs, and 2 RBIs. This lifted Rasmus average to .410 the highest on the team. The Muckdogs just missed the sweep losing 4 to 3. Ricky Martinez took the lost his 4th on the year.


The ‘Dawgs wouldn’t roll over for the first place Jammers as they ran a muck, scoring 10 runs in the opening game of a 4 game series. The Muckdogs sat just 1 game out of first when the series started and with an opening game win, they moved into a tie with Jamestown. Every starter on the Muckdogs scored in the opening game as they dominated in the 10 to 2 victory. In the second game of the series the Muckdogs continued their streak as the won 7 to 3. Jeremy Patton led a late charge with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs. Eric Binder picked up his 3rd win for the Muckdogs. Jamestown got revenge in the 3rd game of the series with a 4 to 2 win. Lead by the strong Pitching performance of Thomas Peale who went 5 innings giving up only 2 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 2.


The Muckdogs look to take 3 of 4 from the Jammers tonight with Postgame Fireworks.


Stephen Willhauck

Muckdogs Protect the Fortress of Solitude by Winning 6 to 3!

Cathy Colby started the night with a rendition of the National Anthem that would have made Captain Americasmile. Errors were the ValleyCats kryptonite, as 3 of the Muckdogs 6 runs were unearned. Tri-City started hot, as they scored 2 in the top of the first, but Hector Hernandez got angry and turned into the Incredible Hulk and got out of the inning. Bruce Wayne couldn’t buy a hit for the ValleyCats, as they had 3 all night, and only 1 after the 2nd inning. Superman himself couldn’t hit Danny Miranda in the bottom of the ninth, as Miranda picked up his 6th save of the season.

Cesar Valera’s web rivaled that of Spiderman’s, as he made several fine plays at short.  Nick Martini, Garrett Wittels, and Mike O’Neill did their best Flash impressions as they all successfully stole bases on the night. David Medina led the Muckdogs with 2 hits and showed Thor like strength with a double off the wall.

Nicholas Tropeano took the loss for the ValleyCats, as the Muckdogs stormed him for 4 runs. John Hinson was the only Mighty Man on a team of Mighty Mice; he had 1 hit, 2 runs scored and a RBI. Miles Hambline looked like a Robin with no Batman, as he struggled at the plate striking out 3 times.

The Muckdogs finish the series with the ValleyCats tomorrow at 7:05 with post-game fireworks presented by Batavia Downs Casino.

Muckdogs make it 6 straight then lose 2 to Spikes

Batavia finished the home sweep of State College on Friday in front of 1,336 broom wielding Muckdog fans. Fans got some early fireworks as the Muckdogs won on a walk-off double, the second walk off win during the win streak. The Muckdogs jumped all over converted cricketer fromIndia, Rinku Singh, who just couldn’t hit the wickets as he took the loss. David Medina was the hero as he hit a towering shot to deep center that was nearly caught by the State College center fielder. As it fell just out of his reach; Jeremy Patton scored the game winning run.  The Muckdogs used 4 different pitchers and Adam Bileckyj got the win as he pitched the last 3 innings giving up 1 hit and striking out 6.


It looked as if the Muckdogs were going to sweep State College in Pennsylvania as they crushed the Spikes 9 to 3 on Saturday. Cesar Valera led the Muckdogs with 2 hits, 1 run and 3 RBIs. A 7 run 6th inning for the Muckdogs proved too much for the Spikes. 5 pitchers for the Muckdogs were used as Andrew Benes took the win pitching 3 innings giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and striking out 4.


Sunday saw the sharp Spikes get revenge as they snapped Batavia’s 6 game win streak, 4 of which were against State College. In a seesaw game the Muckdogs came from behind to take the lead in the 7th, 7 to 6, only to surrender it for good in the bottom of the 8th8 to 7.  The Muckdogs used 5 pitchers and Danny Miranda blew his first save of the season to take the loss.


The Muckdogs appear to be allergic to cats as they lost to State College during “Purr in the Park”. The dander really kicked in during the 8th inning as the Muckdogs gave up the lead and 3 runs. The Spikes had a walk off of their own when Justin Bencsko took Ricky Martinez deep.


Come see us take on the Tri-City ValleyCats in a 3 game series starting July 13th. Wednesday is family night inBatavia. M & T Bank is sponsoring family four packs which include 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas and a program for 30 dollars. Thursday the first 100 kids eat free courtesy of Williams Law Firm. Friday is fireworks night sponsored by Batavia Downs.


Stephen Willhauck


Muckdogs win 4 in a row!

Muckdogs hammer down the dull Spikes 16 to 3. This makes it 4 in a row for Batavia. Denean Hill won’t be allowed to leave Batavia, as the Muckdogs are unbeaten on her visit. Her son Virgil had been the savior for the Muckdogs on Tuesday and Wednesday night.  Tuesday in the bottom of the 8th Virgil hit a 2 run homer to give the Muckdogs the lead 2 to 1. On Wednesday, Virgil lead off the bottom of the ninth with a triple and Cesar Valera  singled him in for a 2 to 1 walk-off win.

The kids enjoyed their free hotdogs as they watched the Muckdogs score a season high 16 runs on  18 hits. Romulo Ruiz has given the Muckdogs faithful some free Muckpuppies from the Batavia Dennys with 4 hits, 6 RBIs and a home run.   Mike O’Neill and Nick Martini both had 3 RBIs. O’Neill had 3 hits and Martini tripled in a run and hit a sac fly. 6 different Muckdogs scored at least 2 runs.

Todd McInnis got his 2nd win, pitching 5 innings and giving up just 3 hits and 2 runs, while striking out 3. Sean Watson pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief, giving up 1 hit and striking out 2. New comer Kevin Jacob pitched the 8th giving up 1 walk and striking out 2. The ‘Dawgs capped off a great night by having 0 errors in the field.

Muckdogs Start Season In Mucky Water

The Muckdogs have started the season slow with a 4-8 start. The bats have been quiet early in the game and silent after the 6th inning. The Muckdogs have only scored more then 4 runs in 4 games resulting in 3 of the 4 wins. Casey Rasmus (.353) is leading the team in batting average and Roberto Reyes has shown significant power while leading the team with 7 RBIs.

The bullpen pitching has also struggled giving up the lead in 4 games. The pitching staff does have some studs, Jose Almarante has started 2 games, has 1 win, and a 2.13 ERA with 9 strike outs.  Patrick Daugherty has started 3 games, has 1 win, a 1.64 ERA and 14 strikes out. Danny Miranda has been a fine closer out of the bullpen with 2 saves and only 1 hit given up over 3 and 2/3 innings.

The Muckdogs will finish June on the road in Jamestownand return to Bataviajust in time to launch some fireworks on the 4th of July.


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