Audry Perez, Jose Rada and Chase Reid are among standout players on the Cardinals' New York-Penn League club.
Current Record: 18–16 (Pythagorean
Current Standing: Third, two and one-half games behind
Williamsport (Philadelphia); two games behind Jamestown (Florida)
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
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
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
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
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
On July 22nd against
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.
.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
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
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
Who's Not: First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and
relievers David Kington and Travis Lawler
.143/.200/.190/.390, 3-for-21. 7 G, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 7 SO, .214 BABIP,
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
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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
(2.86 ERA, 3.12 FIP).
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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.
Three-game home stand against the
Jamestown Jammers (Florida)
Saturday, July 17th
through Monday, July 19th – won two of three
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.
single plated Audry Perez, who singled to open the frame, while Castillo drove
in Bergman. The winning pitcher has
former Cardinals' farmhand Adam Veres.
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
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.
Two-game road trip against
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.
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
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.
Three-game road trip against
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
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,
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.
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