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Scrappers blanked by Muckdogs, 11-0

Scrappers blanked by Muckdogs, 11-0
August 31, 2013
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BATAVIA, NY- The Scrappers pitchers were not themselves on Saturday night, as the Scrappers fell to the Batavia Muckdogs, 11-0.

Matt Whitehouse, a New York Penn League All-Star, came into the game with a 4-1 record and a 0.36 ERA. In his previous ten starts he had only allowed seven runs on 15 hits in 25 innings giving him some of the best numbers in the entire league.

That’s what made Whitehouse’s appearance on Saturday so rare.

In the very first inning, Whitehouse allowed a run on three hits and doubled his ERA. He did return to form and pitched two perfect innings to close out his start, but overall the aforementioned numbers were far from the norm for Whitehouse this season.

Meanwhile, Batavia starter Cody Crabaugh, blanked the already-soft Mahoning Valley bats.

Crabaugh was the 32nd pick of the Miami Marlins in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Oklahoma City College and was called-up to start on Saturday for the first time outside of the developmental Gulf Coast Summer League.

While he came into his start a NYPL neophyte, he pitched like a seasoned pro.  In six innings, the 6’6, 210 pound monster allowed just two hits and three walks en route to his first low-A win.

With the score 1-0 after six, the Muckdogs added an insurance run in the seventh off of Scrappers reliever Michael Goodnight, but weren’t done quite yet.

In fact, they weren’t even close.

The bottom of the seventh yielded eight runs for the Muckdogs in a seemingly endless inning.

Coming into Saturday’s affair, Ben Heller had an ERA below two. When he left Saturday’s game, it was much, much higher.  In only a third of an inning, Heller allowed seven earned runs on six hits and a walk, leaving him with an ERA of 3.22 on the season.

He was quickly replaced by Rafael Homblert who allowed an unearned run in the inning, but finished it without permitting too much more damage.

The Muckdogs would add yet another run off of Homblert in the eighth and secured their 38th victory of the season in the ninth by a final score of 11-0.

The short, two-game series with Batavia ends tomorrow afternoon, as Mahoning Valley starter Luis Gomez (0-2, 5.19) is set to face an unnamed Muckdogs starter.

First pitch from Batavia is set for 1:05 pm.

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