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Muckdogs Lose on Persinger’s Heroics, Shrimp and Grasshoppers Prepare for Playoffs

Fish Farm Report for September 5th.

Puckett struck out three in two innings in Batavia’s loss on Tuesday.




New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 3, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4

Only one game was slated for Miami’s minor league affiliates on Tuesday, as the Florida State League and the Pacific Coast League have wrapped for the season.

The Muckdogs (30-43) hosted the Scrappers (43-29) with 574 on hand at Dwyer Stadium. Sean Guenther (1-4, 3.83) continued his pattern of pitching well on the road and less well at home. He surrendered three earned runs on five hits, striking out three. He didn’t walk anybody, which dropped his walk frequency to just one per 10 innings. He has issued five free passes in 51 combined innings between GCL and Batavia, while whiffing 44 batters.

Kenny Koplove pitched 1 13 scoreless innings, Brady Puckett struck out three in two innings, allowing one earned run, and Bryce Howe struck out one in a perfect ninth.

Dillon Persinger (1) hit a two-run homer in the second inning off of Guenther to get things started for playoff-bound Mahoning Valley, then Simeon Lucas added an RBI-single in the third.

Batavia got on the board in the sixth frame on #13 prospect Thomas Jones’ RBI-double and a Lazaro Alonso RBI-single to get the Dogs within a run. Persinger added a leadoff homer off Puckett in the seventh to set the score at 4-2, bad guys. The Muckdogs added a run in the eighth when Jared Barnes hit an RBI-double.

Guenther finished with a GameScore of 46, getting 48-of-71 pitches over the plate. Opposing starter Elijah Morgan surrendered just a hit and a walk over his four inning start, striking out four and dropping his ERA to 1.03 with a 64 GameScore. Zach Draper (2-0, 2.13) earned the win for the Scrappers.

The only Muckdog to finish with more than one hit was Jones, who added a single to his double, and also stole a base. #8 prospect Brayan Hernandez went 0-for-3, and #21 Sean Reynolds went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Persinger leads Mahoning Valley over Batavia 4-3


7:00PM - Max Duval (4-0, 2.09) will start Greensboro’s game one matchup against the Kannapolis Intimidators. The best-of-three series will shift to Kannapolis on Friday, with Ethan Clark (3-2, 2.05) scheduled to get a turn in game two.

7:05PM - Sam Perez (4-1, 1.88) will take the hill to host the Auburn Doubledays (28-44) in the final home game of the season for the Muckdogs, at Dwyer Stadium.

7:35PM - The Jumbo Shrimp will play game one of their best-three-of-five series on the road against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Manager Randy Ready hasn’t yet announced the Jacksonville starting pitcher. Game two is set for Thursday.


RHP Steven Farnworth, Miami’s 23rd round pick of the 2014 draft, turns 24 on Wednesday. He spent a large portion of this season on the DL, but did pitch in 10 games for the Hammerheads. He went 0-1 over 19.2 innings, allowing 27 hits and striking out 11.

On This Date

In 2006:

The Pacific Coast League announced the 2006 season attendance for the circuit surpassed 7.4 million to set a Minor League record. - courtesy of MILB.COM

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