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Today is the second day of the 2015 PGCBL Postseason.
Last Night’s Games:
Mohawk Valley 6 Albany 3: The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs came back from a 3-1 deficit and scored five runs in the middle innings to beat the Albany Dutchmen, 6-3, and advance to the East Division Championship Series.
Mohawk Valley took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Sam Machonis RBI single. Albany took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth on two sacrifice flies and a Grayson Lewis RBI single. The DiamondDawgs responded in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly and an Andrew Turner RBI single. Thomas Walraven gave the home team the lead in the fifth with an RBI single.
The DiamondDawgs extended their lead in the sixth on a Colin Hawk RBI single and in the seventh on a Ryan Stekl RBI double.
Mohawk Valley starter Payton Coddou struck out six batters in six innings of three-run ball to get the win. Albany starter Gavin Wallace allowed six runs in six and two-thirds innings of work to take the loss.
Victor 13 Utica 5: The Victor RailRiders scored in the first inning and used a six-run fifth inning to beat the Utica Brewers, 13-5, to advance to the West Division Championship Series.
An error in the bottom of the first got the RailRiders on the board and gave them a lead they never relinquished. A Matt Fallon RBI single and a bases loaded walk in the third extended the lead to 3-0. Kyle Schade got Utica its first run in the top of the fourth with an RBI single before Victor plated two runs in the bottom of the inning on a Dale Wickham RBI triple and a wild pitch.
Then in the bottom of the fifth, Matt Brooks hit an RBI single, an E7 plated three runs, Evan Fernandez scored on a double steal and Chris Intocaso hit an RBI single. Utica got two runs back in the top of the sixth on a Ryan Cox two-RBI single. Alex Core hit a solo home run for the visitors in the seventh, but Victor answered in the home half as Fallon hit another RBI single. Cox hit an RBI single in the eighth to score Utica’s final run and a Dale Wickham sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth plated the final run of the game.
Luke Tomczyk allowed four runs in seven innings of work while striking out seven Utica batters to get the win for Victor in the decisive winner-take-all game. Michael Messier struck out six batters while giving up five Victor runs (four earned) in taking the loss.
Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.: It’s a rematch in the East Division Championship Series. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will take on the Amsterdam Mohawks, winners of a record-breaking 40 games this season, for the second consecutive season to see who moves on to the PGCBL Championship Series. Amsterdam swept the series last year. The Mohawks will host games one and three (if necessary) in the series. Amsterdam won the season series, 4-2, and in five postseason matchups in the PGCBL, the Mohawks lead the series, 4-1.
Victor at Elmira 7:05 p.m.: The Victor RailRiders and Elmira Pioneers will square off in game one of the West Division Championship Series at Dunn Field on Saturday. Elmira will host games one and three (if necessary) in the series. Elmira won the season series, 8-4, but the RailRiders won the most recent matchup on Wednesday, 10-3.
PGCBL Alumnus Tosses No-Hitter:
John Means, who pitched for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in 2012, threw a no-hitter for Class A Delmarva Friday afternoon. Means became the second PGCBL alumnus to throw a no-hitter this season, joining James Dykstra (Amsterdam 2011), who threw one on April 15.
Means faced off against the Charleston Riverdogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees. In his seven-inning no-hitter, the left-hander struck out six batters and allowed just one walk. His Game Score, a statistic devised by Bill James to measure how good a start actually was, was 82.
With the no-hitter, Means is now 8-7 on the season with a 3.48 ERA.
Means’ No-Hitter Box Score
During the 2012 summer with Mohawk Valley, Means went 3-2 with a 1.26 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts). Opponents hit just .186 off the southpaw as he struck out 49 batters in 43 innings.
The last no-hitter thrown by a player in the PGCBL was by Amsterdam’s Taylor Blatch on July 27, 2014. That game was also a seven-inning affair. The right-hander struck out five batters and allowed six to reach base, one on an error in the fifth inning.
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