Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | BataviasBest.org
Following a tough 4-3 loss in the series finale vs West Virginia on Wednesday night, the Batavia Muckdogs once again showed their mettle with a big rebound win – over Williamsport yesterday evening by a final score of 6-5 at the Stadium.
The ‘Dogs plated all six of their runs against the Crosscutters’ bullpen during the final two innings of play, and received a walk-off base hit from first baseman Sean Reynolds. The game-winning single plated pinch runner Harrison White, who was on for catcher J.D. Osborne after he tied the game with a two-run single just moments earlier. The ‘Dogs backstop finished the game with two hits, a walk, and the two RBIs.
Outside of Osborne’s heroics, once again leading the way for Batavia offensively in the win was right fielder Jerar Encarnacion – who has been red-hot to begin the year. On Thursday night Encarnacion finished the game 4/5, with two runs scored, and an RBI, which puts his average at .484 after the first seven games of the young season.
Despite a few big wins to begin the year, the Batavia pitching staff has given the team cause for concern – primarily when it comes to the to-date performance from their bullpen. After the first seven games, Batavia’s pitching staff ranks near the bottom of the New York Penn League in ERA, WHIP, and Ks.
That being said, things could be worse for Batavia, who currently sit at 3-4 after their series opening win over Williamsport (4-3). These two teams are back at it this evening, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm at the Stadium.