Batavia Loses 21 Inning Marathon To Staten Island

The Batavia Muck Dogs and Staten Island Yankees didn't have any plans for after Wednesday night's game, so they decided to keep playing. And playing, and playing, and playing for a full 21 innings before Staten Island got three runs in the top of the inning and held the ‘Dogs off the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning and they called it a night.

The Phillies and Yankees rarely meet in the majors, but in the New York – Penn League, the meet all the time. The Yankees affiliate is in Staten Island and the Phillies field the Batavia Muck Dogs as part of the league. Wednesday night, whether the teams knew each other or not before hand, they got to see a lot of each other on the field. For nearly six hours, the two teams battled with the Yankees picking up a 5-2 win in 21 innings.

Caleb McConnell (0-1), the sixth pitcher to work for Batavia, allowed three runs in the top of the inning. It was McConnell's third inning of work and he allowed a total of six hits and struck out three.

Julio De la Cruz started and pitched six strong innings for Batavia, allowing just one earned run on three hits. An error by Bryan Hansen led to another Staten Island run. Zach Minor threw five shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit. Minor had been with Lakewood until recently being dropped down a level. Brad Overton and Chris Rupert each pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Matt Padilla chipped in with three shutout innings.

Overall, Batavia pitchers allowed 12 hits, six walks and struck out 19 over their 21 innings of work.

Offensively, Javon Moran finished the night 4-for-8 and is now hitting .333 out of the leadoff spot. Moran was the Phillies fifth round pick in this June's draft. Jake Blalock went 2-for-8 with his third homerun of the season. On the downside, Hansen finished the night 0-for-7 and Henry Brito went 0-for-8, lowering his average to .086 on the season.

Check out the boxscore from USA Today.

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