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Muckdogs fall in rubber match to Vermont

Contributed Story Posted 16 July 2019 at 8:17 am

Contributed Photo – Edgar Martinez threw five innings and struck out five for Batavia Monday night.

BURLINGTON, VT. – Edgar Martinez and the Batavia Muckdog bullpen put togethers another solid outing, but the offense could not get the timely hits needed as their fell, 3-1 to the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Martinez struck out five over five innings and gave up two runs, then recent University of Alabama grad Brock Love, who just joined the Muckdogs, threw his second scoreless inning. Love is a 2019 Miami Marlins draft pick. Edison Suriel, who has a 2.25 ERA ad was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Marlins, struck out two in one inning and did not allow a hit or run.

Geremy Galindez threw one inning and struck out two. The only run he gave up came on a 2-2 wild pitch and the next pitch he struck the batter out to end the inning.

Milton Smith II continued his incredible season gong 1-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases and is now hitting .402 which leads the New York-Penn League. Smith was drafted in the 22nd round in 2018 by the Marlins.

Troy Johnston (17th round draft pick this year) had a RBI single and is now hitting .313 and Sean Reynolds had a hit and is batting .421 on the season. Nick Ready had the other Batavia hit.

Vermont lefty Jhenderson Hurtado struck out 10 in relief, throwing five innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Vermont’s three pitchers combined to strike out 19.

Batavia will have a travel day on Tuesday.

The Muckdogswill return home on Wednesday and Thursday to take on the Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals). The team is also home on July 20, 21 and 22 against Mahoning Valley (Cleveland Indians).