Muckdogs Power NL to NY-Penn All-Star Win

Charles Cutler

Frederick Parejo homered, Charles Cutler scored the winning run and Adam Reifer got the win in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game Tuesday evening.

With six players selected and five participating in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game Tuesday night in Troy, New York, the Batavia Muckdogs were key contributors to the National League's 4-3 comeback win.

 

In this recap, we will start at the end and work our way back.

Cutler scores winning run

With one run already in, but his NL team still down by one and a runner ahead of him on the bases, catcher Charles Cutler drew a walk with one out in the ninth inning. With two down, game MVP and Tri-City third baseman David Flores doubled, enabling Cutler to score the winning run in walk-off fashion.

Cutler was an injury addition to the team and officially was 0-for-2 on the evening after coming in the game as a reserve in the fifth inning, but I doubt he minded.

Reifer wins

After having pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, Muckdogs closer Adam Reifer was awarded the win when his NL team came back to score three times in the bottom of the frame.

Reifer, the league leader in saves with 18, tossed a scoreless inning on one hit and two strikeouts. His manager Darin Everson said Reifer's performance helped inspire the victory.

"It was very dramatic," Everson told MiLB.com. "I was telling the other guys that having the energy of Reifer throwing in the ninth inning, our dugout was kind of bubbling with energy after watching him throw."

Youngster Parejo goes deep

Batavia's Frederick Parejo was probably the youngest player in the game, having just turned 18 last month. The Venezuelan started the game in centerfield, batting seventh.

After grounding out in the second, he put the first run of the night on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Parejo slammed a first-pitch offering over the right-field fence to give the National League a 1-0 lead they would hold until the seventh.

Parejo's home run would be the only long-ball of the game for either squad. In fact, home runs were a rarity even in the Home Run Derby. The participants managed just five homers in 85 swings. No Batavia players were involved.

Nieto tosses scoreless inning

In contention for the start, right-hander Arquimedes Nieto instead pitched the second inning for the NL. He allowed one hit and struck out one in his scoreless frame.

Sedbrook led off

Colt Sedbrook started at second base and led off for the NL. He went 0-for-2, being retired on a ground out and a pop out before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter in the fifth.

Curtis injured, Peterson DNP

Jermaine Curtis was named to the team, but injured and out of action since August 7, he did not play. Outfielder Shane Peterson was also selected as an All-Star, but did not appear in the game.

 

 

On Thursday, the Muckdogs return to New York-Penn League action. Riding a three-game winning streak, Mark DeJohn's club lead the Pinckney Division by a half game with 17 games to go.

 

 

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net

 

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