The Batavia Muckdogs Bulletin: 08/02/08

The St. Louis Cardinals' New York-Penn League entrant is in the midst of a season-high seven-game winning streak. Jermaine Curtis and Christian Rosa are among the hot hitters.

Recap

 

Behind strong pitching and timely hitting, the Batavia Muckdogs are riding a season-high seven-game winning streak.  Batavia now stands one game behind first-place leader Jamestown in the New York-Penn League's Pinckney division.

 

The current streak started when the team rallied to take the final two games of their series with State College.  Next, the team swept Williamsport, highlighted by a strong combined pitching performance from Thomas Eager and George Brown.  The two hurlers combined for eight innings of five-hit baseball. 

 

Batavia then welcomed State College to its park.  The team has scored 20 runs in the first two games of the series. 

 

Who's Hot

 

During his current seven-game hitting streak, newcomer Christian Rosa is hitting .423.  Third baseman Jermaine Curtis has hit in eight straight games.  Over the past week, outfielder Frederick Parejo had four multi-hit games.

 

During the past week, first baseman Xavier Scruggs hit three home runs including two at State College this past Saturday.  Outfielder Jon Edwards has two home runs and six RBIs during his current six-game hit streak.

 

In his last two appearances, Thomas Eager has allowed only two earned runs in eight innings of work.  Scott Gorgen gave up only three hits in five innings to pick up his second win on Tuesday. 

 

Closer Adam Reifer has nine saves in his last 10 appearances. 

 

Who's Not

 

Outfielder Shane Petersen hit only .174 during the past week.  Catcher Chris Swauger is hitting .161 in his last 10 games.

 

Josh Hester was tagged for three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings on Thursday. 

 

Who's On the Move

 

Lance Lynn, a supplemental first round pick in the 2008 MLB First Year Player draft, was promoted to the Midwest League's Quad Cities River Bandits.  Lynn posted a 0.96 ERA in 18.2 innings while with Batavia. 

 

New York-Penn League

 

With a record of 26-16, the Muckdogs stand in second place in the Pinckney Division.  The division leader, Jamestown, holds a one game lead. 

 

Batavia's team ERA of 3.31 ranks fifth in the league.  The team total of 311 strikeouts ranks 12th, 117 K's short of league leader Brooklyn.   With 18 team saves, the Muckdogs lead the league in that department.

 

As a team, Batavia's .266 batting average is good for the second-best mark as is the team's .393 slugging percentage.  The team's 81 doubles is the top mark in the league.

 

Jermaine Curtis ranks fourth in on base percentage and seventh in the league in batting. 

 

Jon Edwards is second in the league in on base percentage and third in slugging. 

 

Shane Petersen is fourth in doubles and seventh in on base percentage.  

 

Jose Garcia is fifth in stolen bases.

 

Colt Sedbrook is second in the league with five triples. 

 

Arquimedes Nieto and Miguel Tapia are tied for fourth in the league in wins.  Nieto's ERA is the second best mark in the league. 

 

Thomas Eager has the sixth best ERA in the league.

 

Jameson Maj has the seventh best WHIP. 

 

Adam Riefer leads the league with 12 saves. 

 

Up Next

 

The Muckdogs will finish the series with State College before hosting Williamsport for a two-game set.  Then a doubleheader starts a home and away series with the Auburn Doubledays, a team that swept Batavia in the first series of the season. 

 

 

Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at dustin@whiteyball.com.

 

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