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Three Muckdogs’ Pitchers Combine For Perfect Game

Three  Marlins' prospects combined for a perfect game on Wednesday night,

Three Marlins’ prospects combined for a perfect game In Wednesday night. (Gabe Rodriguez)

The Batavia Muckdogs may have just begun their season last weekend and have had a rocky start with a five game losing streak, but they were finally able to bounce back, and it was just perfect!

On Wednesday night, the Class A Short Season Affiliate for the Miami Marlins hosted the Mahoning Valley Scrappers  at Dwyer Stadium and would end up victorious at the end of the night with the 1-0 win but, that wasn’t all.

Starting pitcher Gabriel Castellanos had a rough start last week in the team’s season debut when he was charged with the loss for allowing five runs on five hits in just three and two-thirds of an inning. But, on Wednesday he pitched five perfect innings striking out twelve batters, a career high for the lefty.

Recently drafted, LHP Brett Lilek then took over for Castellanos pitching a perfect eighth inning while striking out the side using just fourteen pitches. The 21 year old, who made his season debut on Wednesday, was drafted at the beginning of the month in the second round while playing at Arizona State.

RHP Steven Farnworth, then pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out one batter to successfully combine for a nine inning perfect game retiring twenty-seven straight batters.

Farnworth began the season in 2015 with the Class-A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads but struggled at points before returning to Batavia where he spent the 2014 season.

The perfect game was just the third time a team in the New York-Penn League did so, the last being in July, 2007.


Bethany Cohen
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