Muckdogs rally late to down West Virginia
BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs season and first-place was down to three outs Wednesday at West Virginia as Batavia trailed 6-4 in the ninth.
But as slugging first-baseman Sean Reynolds coined, “Dogs Don’t Die in August.”
Sure enough, it was Reynolds who got things gong with a single to center then Albert Guaimaro tripled him in and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Batavia won in the 10th, 8-7, to go 1.5 games up in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Batavia is now 39-32 and West Virginia is now 37-32.
The two teams play again today. and Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Evan Brabrand, who normally throws one inning, came in with one out in the ninth. With two runners on, he got a ground out, a strikeout and a groundout to keep the Muckdogs alive.
In the top of the 10th, Dalvy Rosario, who was the last out in the ninth, started on second base. Troy Johnston had an infield single then Rosario scored on a wild pitch. Nic Ready singled and stole second. Johnston scored on a throwing error for an 8-6 lead.
Brabrand, who got the win, pitched two innings striking out two, tying his longest outing of the season. Bra brand, a 9th round Miami Marlins draft pick out of Liberty, is now 4-1 with 13 saves in 19 games with a 1.35 ERA.
Brock Love, a recent University of Alabama grad, came on and earned his first professional save. Love, who made the NYPL All-Star game, got the final two outs with the potential tying and winning runs on base.
In the last three games, Guaimaro has gone 7-for-13 with two home runs, a triple, 5 RBIs and six runs. He was 3-for-5 on Wednesday.
Michael Hernandez (double), Jack Strunc, Kobie Taylor (2-RBI single that game the Muckdogs a 4-3 lead), Rosario and J.D. Orr all had hits while Nic Ready (stolen base) hit his 28th double and had two hits and a run while Troy Johnston had two hits and scored twice.