For the week, the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League checked in with a winning record of 4-2. To start the week, the team finished off a series win over a talented Lowell club. Next, Batavia took a three game series from Aberdeen before traveling to one of the most picturesque stadiums in the minors, Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees. Batavia split the first two games with the Baby Bombers heading into Friday night's series finale.
Shane Peterson continues his assault on New York-Penn League pitching. The 20 year old is hitting .337/.448/.407. If anything negative could be said about Petersen is that he only has six extra base hits.
Xavier Scruggs had a horrible start to his professional career, struggling to even keep his average above .100. But in his last ten games, Scruggs is hitting .333 with six extra base hits and six RBIs. Colt Sedbrook is hitting .533 in his last four games.
In his only appearance this week, Jameson Maj spun four shutout innings with six strikeouts. Maj now has 25 strikeouts in 26 innings this season. Lance Lynn has allowed only one earned run in 14.2 innings (0.61 ERA) with 15 strikeouts.
Jon Edwards looked to be breaking out during his third season in professional baseball. But it now seems like the 20 year old has hit a wall. In his last 23 at bats, Edwards has only two hits (.087).
After logging four hits in four at bats, Frederick Parejo is 1-for-13 in his last three games.
New York-Penn League
The Muckdogs enter the weekend with a 16-13 record, tied for second in the Pinckney division. First place Jamestown has a four game lead.
With a .269 average, the Muckdogs rank first in the league in hitting. The team also ranks first in on base percentage and second in slugging.
Batavia ranks fourth in team ERA and saves, while near the bottom, 12th in the league, in strikeouts.
Peterson ranks first in the circuit in on base percentage and ninth in batting average.
Edwards is third in slugging, tenth in on base percentage, and ninth in home runs. Sedbrook is tied for first in triples and tied for tenth in stolen bases.
Nieto's 1.13 ERA ranks third in those qualified and sixth in WHIP while teammate Maj ranks fourth in the category (0.96). Miguel Tapia is tenth in the ERA race.
The Muckdogs rank next to last in the league in home attendance.
The Week Ahead
Batavia finished up their series in Staten Island on Friday before an away-and-home series with Auburn starting Saturday. On Tuesday, the Muckdogs entertain Oneonta for three before returning to the road for the Penn part of the schedule.
Richmond County Ballpark frames a view of lower Manhattan.
The Staten Island Ferry (a fast and inexpensive way to get a good view of the Statue of Liberty) docks right next to the stadium.
Despite what you thought you saw in the movies, Miss Liberty did not lose her head in "Cloverfield".
(Note: Muckdogs player photos will be coming a separate article soon.)
Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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