Batavia Muckdogs Notebook: 2010 Week 5

Audry Perez, Jose Rada and Chase Reid are among standout players on the Cardinals' New York-Penn League club.

Current Record:  18–16  (Pythagorean 19-15)

Current Standing:  Third, two and one-half games behind Williamsport (Philadelphia); two games behind Jamestown (Florida)


Roster Moves:

Wednesday, 07/21/10 –

Outfielder Rainel Rosario promoted to class A Quad Cities.  Rosario took outfielder Ryde Rodriguez's roster spot when the latter was promoted who A-Advanced Palm Beach.  Rosario went .321/.386/.449/.835, 25-for-78, with a .434 BABIP and nine walks against 23 strike outs.


Thursday, 07/22/10 –

Left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist re-assigned to Rookie League Johnson City to take pitcher Trevor Rosenthal's rotation slot.  Rosenthal is sidelined with a sore elbow.  Siegrist's line while at Batavia:  7 G, 21 IP, 24 H, 17 R/ER, 7.29 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 1.90 WHIP, 16 BB, 14 SO, .282 BAA, .256 BABIP, 0.88 K/BB


Of Interest:

Batavia played the two teams in front of them, Jamestown and Williamsport, this entire seven-day reporting period and went four and three against them.  Friday's 6-3 loss was particularly tough to swallow since the Muckdogs loaded the bases with no one out and trailing 6-3 in the top of the seventh, only to have the game called due to weather.  Overall, the Muckdogs began the period three games out and gained one-half game in the standings.  State College (Pittsburgh) is four games back while Auburn (Toronto) and Mahoning Valley (Cleveland) are tied at seven games off the pace.


Sixth-rounder John Gast pitched three innings on the 19th, relieving Kevin Siegrist (more on Siegrist below).  Prior to his professional debut on July 14th, Gast last pitched on June 24th when he started for Florida State University in their elimination loss to TCU.  Gast went three innings, allowing two runs, none earned and did not figure in the decision.  He pitched 71.1 total innings in 21 game appearances, 13 game starts, for the Seminoles this season.  His next appearance for Batavia should have been in today's already postponed game.   


Kevin Siegrist's last appearance prior to his re-assignment was his best.  He started the June 19th game against Jamestown and held the Jammers scoreless on three hits and two walks through four innings.  He struck out four which is a season high for him, on a strikeout-per-inning basis.


On the Anthony Ferrara watch - his name appears in the July 21st box score but he did not face a batter. 


On July 22nd against Jamestown, the combination of reliever Chase Reid and Jose Rada struck out ten of the twelve batters they faced.  Reid – GO, K swinging, K swinging / K swinging, K swinging, K looking / K swinging, bunt single to third base, K swinging, K swinging;  Rada – K swinging, K swinging, pop out to third.  Jamestown averages a strike out once every 5.4 plate appearances.  That is good for a fourth place tie with Staten Island.  Chase Reid is averaging 12.3 K/9 IP and Jose Rada averages 12.1/9 IP.  Reid and Rada's strike out averages will be more impressive if they can sustain them at higher levels of competition.


Jon Edwards appeared in only two games this week, five at bats in all.



Who's Hot:  Catcher Audry Perez and relievers Jose Rada and Chase Reid

Audry Perez went .385/.448/.538/.987, 10-for-26, 7G, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4R, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, .429 BABIP, 1:7.2 K/PA


Honorable Mention goes to outfielders Pat Biserta and Mike O'Neill.  Biserta's stats:  .385/.429/.462/.890, 5-for-13, 5 G, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HBP, 2 SO, .455 BABIP, 1:7 K/PA.  O'Neill's line:  .368/.478/.421/.899, 7-for-19, 6 G, 1 2B, 3 R, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SO, .412 BABIP, 1:12 K/PA.  Overall, O'Neill has 12 walks against eight strikeouts for the season.


Closer Rada held the opposition to a .077 batting average, one hit for 14 batters faced, with a 0.50 WHIP, 1.45 FIP and five strikeouts to only one walk in four innings pitched.  His bullpen mate, Chase Reid, gave up three hits in 19 batters faced, .158 BAA, with a 0.60 WHIP and 12 strikeouts.  He did not allow a home run, did not walk a batter and ended up with a negative FIP for the week.


Honorable Mention goes to starter Zack Russell and reliever Houston Summers.  Russell gave up two hits in 22 batters faced and walked two in six innings.  He had a 1.67 ERA, 2.53 FIP, 0.67 WHIP, .100 BAA, .118 BABIP and 2.5:1 K/BB ratio.  Summers pitched four and a third innings, allowing two hits in 16 batters faced for a .125 BAA, and did not walk a batter while striking out four.  He had a 2.08 ERA, 1.35 FIP, 0.46 WHIP and .167 BABIP.



Who's Not:  First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and relievers David Kington and Travis Lawler

Rodriguez went .143/.200/.190/.390, 3-for-21. 7 G, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 7 SO, .214 BABIP, 1:3.6 K/PA


Both Kington and Lawler had one outing in which they got hammered this week and that is all it takes.  Kington pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three hits, three walks, six runs/earned, for a 8.96 WHIP, .750 BAA, 18.13 FIP and an 0.33:1 K/BB ratio.  Lawler pitched one and two-thirds innings in two game appearances, allowing six hits and two walks, five runs/earned, for a 4.79 WHIP, .600 BAA, 13.38 FIP and an 0.50:1 K/BB ratio.



How They Stack Up:

To clarify the charts below, the ‘week change' line compares the team's standing to other teams in that category.  The change does not reference whether the team's stats in a particular category went up, down or were unchanged.


Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Batavia 1142 0.265 0.346 0.377 0.723 177 303
Lg Standing - 8th T-3rd 3rd 5th 4th 5th 4th
week change - - U D D D D D
League Lead 1209 0.299 0.359 0.475 0.834 206 354
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Batavia 59 12 15 156 129 235 30
Lg Standing - 6th 6th 7th 5th 5th T-3rd 9th
week change - U D D D D D D
League Lead 77 18 32 184 153 232 50


Batavia slipped slightly almost every statistical category, both when compared against the rest of the league and with their own performance totals of a week ago.  Batavia does lead the league in fewest strikeouts per plate appearance.  They strike out an average of once every 5.7 plate appearances, just ahead of Brooklyn (New York Mets) who average 1:5.6 plate appearances. 


A point of interest regarding the gap between the team ERA and the FIP is that there are only two teams with an ERA better than their FIP:  Jamestown (3.52 ERA, 3.82 FIP) and Williamsport (2.86 ERA, 3.12 FIP).


Batavia 4.02 3.43 -0.59 304.2 1.32
Lg Standing - 7th 6th   T-7th 5th
week change - U U   U U
League Lead 2.86 2.98   314.2 1.18
Team - Philly NYM   Philly Philly
  H/9 IP HR/H BB/9 SO/9 K/BB
Batavia 8.12 17.2 3.78 8.15 2.16
Lg Standing - T-3rd 5th 11th T-5th 9th
week change - U U U U U
League Lead 7.12 10.9 2.78 8.40 2.83
Team - Philly Hou NYM Tor NYM

In contrast to the offense, the Muckdogs' pitching improved in every category, both when compared against the other teams and their own prior performance.  Batavia stood in the bottom 30% in six of nine categories last week.  This week the Muckdogs are in the bottom 30% in only two of nine categories:  BB/9 IP and K/BB ratio.  These categories are related:  reduce your walks and your K/BB ratio should improve.  Batavia is in the top 30% in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched.




The Games:

Three-game home stand against the Jamestown Jammers (Florida)

Saturday, July 17th through Monday, July 19th – won two of three

·         The Muckdogs dropped the first game of the series, 5-2.  Nick McCully (L, 0-1) allowed three runs, earned, on six hits and two walks in five innings.  He struck out four.  Matt North pitched two scoreless frames.  Both of Batavia's runs came with two outs in the fourth on back-to-back-to-back singles by Joey Bergman, Rainel Rosario and Yunier Castillo.  Rosario's single plated Audry Perez, who singled to open the frame, while Castillo drove in Bergman.  The winning pitcher has former Cardinals' farmhand Adam Veres.  Box score


·         Batavia won the final two games by scores of 6-1 and 1-0 as Batavia pitching held the Marlins' farm club to one run in eighteen innings.  Starter Zack Russell (W, 1-0) allowed only two hits and one free pass while striking out five in six innings in the 6-1 victory.  Audry Perez' three-run home run was the big blow in the five-run second inning.  Perez' shot also scored Mike O'Neill (walk) and Colin Walsh (single).  Yunier Castillo's sacrifice fly scored Rainel Rosario (lead-off single) for Batavia's first run of the game and another sac fly by Jonathan Rodriguez scored Pat Biserta (single).  Box score  


·         In the final game of the series Batavia scored one run in the bottom of the first and held the Jammers scoreless to win 1-0.  John Gast (W, 1-0) picked up the win in relief of Kevin Siegrist.  Gast gave up three hits and struck out two while not walking a batter in three innings.  Keith Butler and Jose Rada each pitched a hitless frame with Rada picking up his sixth save.  The only run of the game scored when Mike O'Neill led off the game with a walk and eventually came around to score on a single by Audry Perez.  Box score


Two-game road trip against Williamsport (Philadelphia)

Tuesday, July 20th through Saturday, July 24th - split

·         Batavia lost the first game 8-3 as reliever David Kington (L, 1-2) gave up six runs, earned, on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.  Houston Summers relieved Kington and promptly gave up a single that score two runners that were charged to Kington.  Batavia scored two runs in the first and their final run in the ninth.  Nick Longmire's one-out triple scored Matt Valaika (lead-off single) and Audry Perez singled in Longmire.  Longmire led off the ninth with a single and eventually scored on Jonathan Rodriguez' sac fly to right.  Box score


·         Batavia won the second game 4-3 in 11 innings.  Matt North (W, 1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth and tenth, allowing only a single, and did not walk a batter.  Jose Rada (S, 7) pitched around a one-out double to record his seventh save.  Yunier Castillo's single up the middle scored Jonathan Rodriguez (lead-off walk) for the game's first run (second inning) while Colin Walsh's sac fly to left plated Matt Valaika (single) later that same inning.  Castillo doubled to lead off the fifth and came around to score Batavia's third run on a single by Mike O'Neill.  The winning run scored when Audry Perez hit a lead-off double in the 11th and scored on Adam Melker's one-out single.  Box score


Three-game road trip against Jamestown (Florida)

Thursday, July 22nd through Saturday, July 24th – split with the final game postponed due to weather

·         Batavia won the first game 4-2 with Chase Reid (W, 2-0) tossing three scoreless frames in relief of Nick McCully.  Jose Rada (S, 8) picked up his eighth save with two strike outs and a pop up for a perfect ninth.  First baseman Victor Sanchez drove in runs in the fourth and seventh innings with a single and a double.  He scored a run as well.  Audry Perez scored two runs.  Box score


·         Batavia lost the rain-shortened second game 6-3 in six innings.  Zack Russell (L, 1-1) was the scheduled starter and the box score shows him walking a batter before departing.  The game recap contradicts the box score as it lists Travis Lawler replacing Russell at the game's start.  In any event, Jamestown scored five runs in the first inning and were never headed.  Batavia had the bases loaded with no one out in the top of the seventh when the umpires called for the tarp.  The game was never resumed.  Tonight's game has already been postponed due to weather.  Box score



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