Saturday, June 16, 2018 | BataviasBest.org
The Batavia Muckdogs kicked off their 2018 New York Penn League season with a disappointing 5-1 road loss to the Auburn Doubledays on Friday in Auburn. Batavia’s failure to come through with runners in scoring position throughout the game was disconcerting to say the least, as the ‘Dogs left 15 runners on base last night, and managed just six total hits vs their Pinckney Division foe.
Auburn starter Malvin Pena was strong through five innings, allowing just the one run while striking out five in his first start of the season.
“That’s the way he’s been pitching (throughout extended spring training),” commented Doubledays manager Jerad Head following the game. “We talked about it (a couple of weeks ago) and he was the guy that was going to get the ball (in the first game). He did what (was) expected of him tonight.”
Offensively for Auburn (affiliated with Washington Nationals), Nick Choruby, Jamari Blash, Adalberto Carrillo, and Ricardo Mendez all chipped in multi-hit games. Mendez added 2 RBI to lead the team.
Batavia second baseman Denis Karas scored the lone run for the Miami Marlins’ Class A short season affiliate, while DH Michael Donadio picked up a couple of hits for the Muckdogs.
Both squads will get back at it tonight at 6:30 pm at Falcon Park in Auburn.