PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 29, 2013

The home dugout at Mohawk Valley's Vet's Park on Friday morning. The area surrounding the stadium was also flooded. Photo courtesy Jon Rathburn/Little Falls Times

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Last Night’s Scores
Watertown 15 Adirondack 3
Albany 6 Newark 2
Glens Falls 6 Amsterdam 3
Cooperstown at Utica (DH) – Cancelled, Rain
Elmira at Mohawk Valley – PPD Rain

Tonight’s Games
Newark at Watertown (DH), 5:00 PM
Amsterdam at Utica, 7:00 PM
Mohawk Valley at Adirondack, 7:00 PM
Albany at Glens Falls, 7:05 PM
Cooperstown at Elmira, 7:05 PM

*Is it ever going to stop raining?

*As of now, 33 games have been either postponed or suspended due to rain, wet field conditions and/or flooding. Last year’s number of games affected by the weather, 16, has been more than doubled and we’re not even a month into the season.

*So far this week, Wednesday was the only day that every game on the schedule was completed. Three games apiece have been completed each of the last two nights.

*Nine Cooperstown dates have been rained out; Albany stands in second with seven rain outs. 

*There are some strange statistical anomalies in the league standings due to the weather and the number of games completed. Amsterdam is tied for second among all league teams with 11 victories. However, the Mohawks sit in fifth place in the PGCBL East with an 11-10 record. Interestingly, Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley were “tied” in the league standings earlier this week, each with .500 records; both teams won though Amsterdam dropped below its’ Mohawk River counterparts based on winning percentage.

*Glens Falls leads all PGCBL teams with 12 victories but the Golden Eagles are second in the PGCBL East on winning percentage with a 12-8 mark through 20 games while Albany paces the division with an 11-5 record in 16 games and a .688 winning percentage. More confusing – both Glens Falls and Cooperstown have a .600 winning percentage but the Golden Eagles are a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes in the league standings. Glens Falls is one game behind Albany while Cooperstown is 1.5 games back of Albany and a half-game behind Glens Falls. All three teams have played a different number of games.

*Just one game in the standings separates first place from fifth place in the PGCBL West. Each team in the division has the same number of losses while there is a one or two-game difference in the win column between all five squads. Newark has played the most games (18) of all five teams and leads the division with eight wins while Watertown, Elmira and Adirondack have each played 17 games – all three sit a half-game behind Newark. Utica is just two wins back of Newark with two games at hand.

*If both Cooperstown and Mohawk Valley win tonight, all five teams in the PGCBL East will have amassed at least 10 victories.

*The only constant over the last two nights besides the rain has been Josh Anderson (Florida International) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Anderson returned to the line-up for the Golden Eagles on Thursday night and went 5-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI in a walk-off win over Utica. Anderson scored the game-winning run on a Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) RBI single. Friday night at Amsterdam, Anderson bashed a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to give Glens Falls a lead that it would not relinquish. Anderson finished the game with two hits. In two games with the Green and Gold, Anderson is batting .778 (7-for-9) with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored. He has a 1.556 slugging percentage and an .800 on-base percentage. Anderson has hit home runs in back-to-back games and has 11 in his PGCBL career – that ties Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT) for the league’s all-time mark.

*Glens Falls is 2-0 this season with Josh Anderson (FIU) in the starting line-up. The Golden Eagles have scored 18 runs on 27 hits in their last two games. The Golden Eagles have not had back-to-back games with more than 10 hits since their first two tilts of the season on June 5 and June 8.

*Glens Falls has scored 17 runs on 23 hits in two games at Shuttleworth Park this season.

*Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) pulled into a tie for the league lead in victories on Friday night at Amsterdam. Hopf won for the fourth time in four starts with six strong innings in a 6-3 victory against the Mohawks at hitter-friendly Shuttleworth Park. The rising senior from Saint Peter’s is tied with Cooperstown’s Eann Cox (Black Hawk) for first in the league in wins. Three of Hopf’s four victories have come on the road and he has wins over against Utica and Amsterdam (x2). In three of his Hopf’s four starts, Glens Falls has provided adequate run support with at least six runs scored. He does hold a 2-1 home victory over Albany.

*A “Shuttleworth Slugfest” nearly broke out in the second inning. Glens Falls scored four times in the first inning and then Amsterdam threatened in the home second with one run on a Brian Ruby (Binghamton) RBI single. The Mohawks loaded the bases with a two-out rally but Hopf put out the fire with an inning-ending strikeout.

*Through four starts, Hopf is 4-0 with one seven-inning complete game and a 2.67 earned run average. He has struck out 18 and walked six in 27.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .273 against the Saint Peter’s College product.

*Despite Friday night’s loss, the Mohawks are 9-3 since starting the season 2-7. Amsterdam’s six-game winning streak is tied for the longest in the league this season. Albany opened the season with a six-game win streak – while the June 5 game was not concluded until June 20, the statistics for the game retroactively went back to the first day of the season.

*Amsterdam has now finished the first half of a 24-game home schedule. The Mohawks played their 12th home game of the summer last night. Keith Griffin’s team leads the league in total games played as well. The Mohawks are 7-5 at home.

*Lost in Watertown’s 15-run outburst at home in Friday night – a solid effort from the pitching staff of the Rams. Thomas Casey (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) spun a two-hitter for five innings and did not allow an earned run. In his first league start of the summer, Casey walked two and struck out four. Relievers Josh Amann (Jefferson C.C.) and Henry McAree (Shoreline C.C.) did not give up a hit in one scoreless inning of relief each. Peter Irvin (Skagit Valley) twirled the final two for Watertown and conceded one hit. The three hits allowed by Watertown pitchers marked the fewest hits allowed by the team this season; the previous low was five on June 8 in a 4-0 loss to Mohawk Valley.

*Watertown’s offense recorded at least four runs in a game for the 13th time this season in 17 games. Since being shut out by Amsterdam on June 25, the Rams have bopped out 21 runs in their last two tilts on 19 hits. Earlier this season, the Silver and Black scored at least four runs in a game in 10-straight contests between June 12 and June 23.

*All nine Watertown starters had at least one hit, scored one run or drove in one run on Friday night. Five different Rams had multi-hit games – Austin Lueck (South Florida) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored to top all Watertown swingers. J.J. Wagner (Pacific) tied Lueck for the team high in RBI; he also scored twice and walked twice. Lueck, Wagner and Nik Alfonso (South Florida) each scored two runs while lead-off hitter Joe Moroney (Kansas) went 2-for-4 with a team high three runs scored.

*Nationally-ranked Albany ended a two-game losing streak on Friday night with a win at Newark. The Dutchmen did it with pitching – in back-to-back losses to Mohawk Valley and Adirondack at home, Albany conceded 14 runs. Friday, Sean Spicer (Baylor) combined with Dylan Collett (Keene State) and Jose Hernandez (Dean) to hold Newark to two runs on eight hits. Albany is 8-1 when allowing three runs or fewer.

*The Dutchmen and Pilots combined to turn five double plays on Friday. Albany starting pitcher Sean Spicer (Baylord) induced a pair of double-play ground outs and one line-out twin killing. Newark reliever Tyler Wilson (Buffalo) forced Albany to hit into two double play ground outs.

*Albany’s Sean Spicer (Baylor) pitched a four-hit shutout for five innings though the shutout bid was nearly lost in the fifth with Albany ahead, 4-0. Newark opened the home fifth with a base hit and a walk; Spicer then quelled the early rally with a line-out double play turned by shortstop Tyler Orris (Millersville). Newark still managed to load the bases with two outs and the Pilots brought the potential tying run to the plate. Spicer,  a rising redshirt junior at Baylor, ended the inning and the rally with a strikeout.

*Eight Albany starters had at least one hit. Lead-off batter Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored to pace the offense. Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina), Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) and Tyler Orris (Millersville) each had two hits; Remillard and Orris both scored two runs and Purritano drove in two runs. Brian Ruhm (UC Davis) also smashed his first home run of the season.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Cooperstown’s Eann Cox (Black Hawk) was a two-way powerhouse in the spring at NJCAA Division I Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. Cox, a two-time All-Arrowhead Conference selection, led the Braves in innings pitched (64.0), strikeouts (80), complete games (seven) and he tied for the team lead in at-bats (158). Cox’s .361 batting average was the second-highest on the team. On the mound, the Erie, Ill., native went 6-4 with a 1.83 earned run average over 12 appearances.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*A stretch of at least one doubleheader per day for six days in the PGCBL begins this evening in Watertown where the Rams host the Newark Pilots for a double dip beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Rams and Pilots have split their two previous meetings this season – Watertown scored four times in the 10th inning on June 18 to outlast Newark, 7-3, in extras and then Newark flipped the script and edged out Watertown, 7-4, on June 22. This will be Newark’s first trip north to Watertown this season. The Pilots went 4-0 at the Duffy Dome last season and are 8-0 all-time in the North Country. That mark includes a twin bill sweep on July 9, 2011 – the first doubleheader between the two squads. Following a league record 22 runs on Thursday night, Newark’s offense accounted for just two scores at home on Friday versus Albany. Newark is 2-5 in its last seven. Watertown is 5-2 overall at home this season and has won two in a row at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds against Glens Falls and Adirondack. The Rams and Pilots are separated by a half-game in the PGCBL West standings.

*Weather permitting, the Utica Brewers will play their first home game since June 19 this evening at Donovan Stadium. The Brewers host the defending league champion Amsterdam Mohawks for the first-time ever. Amsterdam and Utica started a game at Shuttleworth Park in the Rug City on June 6 however that was suspended in the second inning due to rain with Utica leading, 2-0. The Mohawks had their six-game win streak snapped on Friday night by Glens Falls though Amsterdam is still 7-3 in its last 10 games and 4-1 in its last five road games with a lone loss coming at Albany on June 20. Mohawks’ pitchers have allowed 12 combined runs in their last two games. The Brewers have played just two games over the course of the last week due to rain. Utica won at Elmira, 6-4, on Wednesday and then dropped a Thursday decision at Glens Falls. Overall, the Sons of Saranac have played just six games at Donovan Stadium. This contest features two of the top offenses in the league; Amsterdam leads the loop with a .291 batting average while Utica sits second at .286.

*Regional rivals Mohawk Valley and Adirondack collide tonight at the Robert S. Smith Sports Complex. Mohawk Valley has played just one game since Sunday, a 6-4 triumph at Albany on Wednesday night. The Dawgs have had games rained out against Albany, Newark and Elmira – two of those three were home games. The Dawgs haven’t played an actual home game since a 3-2 defeat to Amsterdam in 11 innings on June 22. Roberto Vaz’s DiamondDawgs are 2-0 against the Trail Blazers this season with both wins coming in Boonville by a combined score of 12-5; in both games, Mohawk Valley pushed across six runs. Weather permitting; Adirondack will be playing its fourth game in four days. The Blazers are 1-2 this week but 3-2 in their last five. At home, the Boonville side is averaging over 7.5 runs per game. Overall, games at the Smith Sports Complex average 18 runs per game between both teams. Adirondack has scored at least four runs in 12 of 17 games this season.

*The top two teams in the PGCBL East go head-to-head tonight when the Albany and Glens Falls meet at East Field in Hometown U.S.A. Glens Falls trials Albany by one game in the PGCBL East standings though because of the rain, the Dutchmen have four games at hand on the Golden Eagles. Glens Falls took two out of three from Albany last weekend though the Dutchmen had the last laugh of the weekend on a Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) walk-off single in a Sunday night cap victory. Overall, the season series is tied at two wins apiece and all four games have been decided by one run. Glens Falls leads the league with 12 overall victories but Albany’s .688 winning percentage tops all 10 PGCBL squads. Albany is 5-1 away from “The Bob” with the lone defeat coming to Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles are 2-0 since the return of 2011 first team All-PGCBL selection Josh Anderson (FIU) and have outscored opponents 18-13 in their last two games. At 8-3, the Golden Eagles are one of the better road teams in the league but have compiled just a 4-5 mark at East Field.

*Cooperstown and Elmira round out the schedule at Dunn Field. The Pioneers are currently one of three teams tied for second place in the PGCBL West with Watertown and Adirondack while Cooperstown sits alone in third place in the PGCBL East. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 against their counterparts from the Southern Tier with victories of 7-6 and 14-6 on June 15 and June 22 respectively. This will be the third Saturday meeting of the season between the Pios and Hawkeyes. The last time former Elmira manager Dan Shwam brought the Hawkeyes to Elmira, Cooperstown scored six unanswered runs to knock off Elmira, 7-6, in 10 innings. This week, the Otsegans have been hampered by the weather; Cooperstown has played just two games. The Hawkeyes picked up their second win this season over Glens Falls with a 5-3 decision on Tuesday and then fell to Amsterdam, 11-3, at home on Wednesday evening. The Pioneers are averaging over 3,000 fans per game at home this season through 10 games. Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) enters the evening second in the league with 18 RBI and 22 hits through 17 games. 

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