The Daily Rundown: July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day from the PGCBL!

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There are 27 days left in the PGCBL regular season, which ends on July 30.

League Leaders

Batting Average: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) .443

OPS: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 1.247

Home Runs: Brendan Tracy (Amsterdam) 6

RBIs: Two tied at 22

Stolen Bases: Will LaRue (Elmira) 23 

Wins: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 5

ERA: Mark Messier (Utica) 0.35

Strikeouts: Kyano Cummings (Elmira) 36

Innings Pitched: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 33

Saves: Ryan Bellomo (Elmira) 5

Streak Leaders

Longest Winning Streak (Active): Amsterdam, 3

Best record in last 10 games: Glens Falls, 8-2

Longest Losing Streak (Active): Saugerties, 3 

Last Night’s Games:

Adirondack 4 Victor 3 (Game One): The Adirondack Trail Blazers scored a lone run in the top of the sixth to beat the Victor RailRiders, 4-3, in game one of a doubleheader.

Chris Kwitzer plated Matt Brown with an RBI double to break a 3-3 tie in the sixth. Victor had previously come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game. Evan Fernandez hit an RBI single for the RailRiders and Dale Wickham hit a two-RBI single in the fifth to make it 3-3.

The Trail Blazers scored the first runs on the game with two in the first on a Brendan Looby two-RBI double and a lone run in the third on an Evan Alderman RBI single.

Starter Stephen Himic picked up the win for the visitors after allowing three runs (one earned) in 5.1 innings. Joe King notched the save with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and Mitch Patishall took the loss for Victor.

Victor 6 Adirondack 5 (Game Two): The Victor RailRiders came back from a late 5-4 deficit to beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 6-5, and salvage a split in a doubleheader.

Aaron Endres hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to tie the game at five and an E2 allowed the winning run to score in walk-off fashion for the RailRiders in the seventh.

Just like game one, Adirondack scored early, plating three runs in the top of the first. All three runs came on a Bryan Haberstroh double. Victor came back with a four-run bottom of the second, including runs on a Chris Intocaso RBI single and a sacrifice fly. Haberstroh tied the game at four in the third on an RBI single and Adirondack took the lead on a Garrett Longhurst RBI single in the fifth.

Chris Kemp tossed a scoreless seventh inning to pick up the win and Nick Harper allowed the walk-off run to take the loss for Adirondack. 

Albany 2 Saugerties 1 (Game One): The Albany Dutchmen broke a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 win in game one of a doubleheader against the Saugerties Stallions. 

Albany took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Sean Aspinall solo home run, his first longball of the summer. The Dutchmen made it a 2-0 game in the fifth on a Jack Weiller RBI single. Saugerties scored a lone run in the bottom of the sixth on a Chris Reynolds RBI single, but it wasn’t enough as the Dutchmen prevailed. 

Albany starter Mike Reitcheck struck out nine batters in his complete game victory. Saugerties starter Phil Zdanowski took the loss after giving up the two Albany runs in six innings of work.

Albany 8 Saugerties 2 (Game Two): The Albany Dutchmen scored four runs in the first inning to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Saugerties Stallions and sweep a doubleheader.

Michael Fitzsimmons hit a two-RBI single and an E2 allowed two more runs to score to account for the four runs in the first.  A Sean Aspinall RBI double and a Hunter Boose two-RBI single made it a 7-0 game and a wild pitch in the top of the sixth scored the eighth and final run of the game for Albany,

Saugerties scored its two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Tyler Lamarre RBI single and a Lawson Dunkin RBI single.

Albany starter Jon Reid allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings to pick up the win. The Stallions’ Jared Tobey gave up seven of the Albany runs (four earned) in five innings of work in taking the loss.

Mohawk Valley 3 Utica 1: The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs used a great start from Ben Moxley to defeat the Utica Brewers, 3-1, in Little Falls.

The first run of the game didn’t come until the fifth inning when Mohawk Valley’s Nick Rybarczyk plated Ryan Stekl with an RBI single. The DiamondDawgs extended the lead to 2-0 in the sixth on a Sam Machonis RBI double. Anthony Herrera made it a 3-0 game in the seventh with a sacrifice fly and Utica scored its lone run of the game in the eighth on a Taylor Olmstead home run.

Moxley tossed eight innings of one-run ball, only allowing three hits, to earn the win and Zachary Vennaro notched the save. Utica starter Collin Gee gave up the three Mohawk Valley runs in six innings to take the loss.

Amsterdam 4 Glens Falls 3: Scott Manea hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth as Amsterdam beat Glens Falls, 4-3, at Shuttleworth Park. 

In the bottom of the tenth, Riley Mahan and Drew Freedman both drew one-out walks. A Brendan Tracy two-out walk loaded the bases for Manea, who promptly singled to right field to give the Mohawks the win. 

Glens Falls plated two runs in the top of the first on a Tyler Phillips RBI single and a Brennan Price bases loaded walk to take an early lead. A Handsome Monica sacrifice fly in the fourth made it a 2-1 game for Amsterdam and following a Price RBI single in the sixth, Amsterdam’s Craig Dedelow hit a two-RBI single to tie the game at three.

Amsterdam reliever Kyle Smith struck out two batters in a scoreless tenth to earn the win while Matt Stojkov gave up the walk-off run for Glens Falls in taking the loss. 

Elmira 8 Newark 6: The Elmira Pioneers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to break a 5-5 tie and beat the Newark Pilots, 8-6.

Newark scored the first run of the game in the top of the first on a Mark Martin RBI single and added another in the second on an error. Elmira got one of those runs back in the home half of the second on a Taylor Hillson RBI single and eventually took the lead in the third, scoring two runs on a Tyler Plantier RBI double and another error.

A Hayden Kelly single plated two runs (one unearned) in the fifth to give Elmira a 5-3 lead. Newark clawed back with a lone run in the sixth on an error and ended up tying the game in the seventh on a Kyle Norman RBI single. Elmira re-took the lead in the home half of the inning on a sacrifice and an error and then another sacrifice bunt. A Corey Lerche sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth made it an 8-6 game.

Elmira’s Mike Stephens allowed one run in the seventh inning in getting the win while Michael Scarinci notched the save for the Pioneers. Newark reliever Blake Brailsford gave up two of the three runs in the seventh to take the loss.

Tonight’s Games:

Adirondack at Elmira (DH) 5:05 p.m.: The Elmira Pioneers and Adirondack Trail Blazers will meet for a doubleheader at Dunn Field on Saturday in one of the only two PGCBL matchups of the day.

Glens Falls at Saugerties 6:35 p.m.: The Saugerties Stallions got swept in a doubleheader on Friday and Glens Falls lost in walk-off fashion to Amsterdam ahead of the two teams’ matchup on Saturday.

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