The Daily Rundown: July 17, 2015

Kyle Norman of the Newark Pilots (PC: Paul Dewa/Newark Pilots)

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There are 14 days left in the PGCBL regular season, which ends on July 30.

League Leaders

Batting Average: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) .407

OPS: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 1.181

Home Runs: Three tied at six

RBIs: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 31

Stolen Bases: Will LaRue (Elmira) 26

Wins: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 7

ERA: Michael Messier (Utica) 0.68

Strikeouts: Kyano Cummings (Elmira) 64

Innings Pitched: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 45

Saves: Four tied at five

Streak Leaders

Longest Winning Streak (Active): Elmira/Adirondack, 2

Best record in last 10 games: Amsterdam, 8-2

Longest Losing Streak (Active): Saugerties, 7

Last Night’s Games:

Newark 6 Albany 3 (Game One): The Newark Pilots scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good in beating the Albany Dutchmen, 6-3, in game one of a doubleheader.

Albany took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a Sean Aspinall RBI single and a Slayton Vaughan RBI single. But Newark answered with a three-spot on a Kyle Norman RBI single and two RBI groundouts. The Pilots made it a 5-2 game in the bottom of the fourth on a Kyle Norman two-RBI single. 

An Aspinall RBI double in the next half inning pulled the Dutchmen within two runs, but Norman’s fourth and final RBI came in the sixth to give Newark an insurance run.

Charlie Sobieraski allowed the three Albany runs (one earned) in six innings of work while striking out six batters to get the win. Mike Reitcheck gave up the six Newark runs (five earned) to take the loss.

Albany 4 Newark 2 (Game Two): The Albany Dutchmen scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Newark Pilots, 4-2, and salvage a split of a doubleheader.

Adam Gauthier plated Dominic DiCaprio and Hunter Boose with an RBI triple in the sixth to break the tie and give the Dutchmen the win.

Both teams scored runs in the first inning with Albany’s coming on a play in which Patrick Hisle got purposefully caught in a rundown to let Sean Aspinall score and Newark’s coming on a Cody Wiktorski RBI single. An Aspinall RBI double in the third gave the Dutchmen a 2-1 lead before a Mark Martin RBI single in the fifth tied the game for Newark.

Jon Reid tossed a complete game to get the win for Albany as he struck out four batters in the seven innings. Jacob Wloczeski gave up the four Albany runs in 5.1 innings to take the loss. 

Victor 2 Glens Falls 1: The Victor RailRiders walked off in the bottom of the eleventh inning to beat the Glens Falls Dragons, 2-1. 

PGCBL All-Star Mark Cardinalli hit a walk-off single to score Chris Lehane in the eleventh to give the RailRiders the win. Victor’s only other run came in the bottom of the first and also came via a Cardinalli RBI single. Glens Falls scored its lone run in the top of the third on a Jake Vieth sacrifice fly that scored Danny Oliveri.

Chris Kemp struck out four batters in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to get the win for Victor, while Drue Brooks allowed the walk-off hit in taking the loss for Glens Falls.

Mohawk Valley 8 Amsterdam 2: The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs held off the Amsterdam Mohawks’ quest to get to 30 wins as they picked up a game in the East standings with an 8-2 win in Little Falls.

The Mohawks scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the third inning on an error and a Brendan Tracy RBI groundout. It was all Mohawk Valley from there as the DiamondDawgs answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Sam Machonis RBI single, a Chris Rave two-RBI double and an error. 

The DiamondDawgs added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a Machonis two-RBI double and a Troy Scocca RBI single to extend the lead to 7-2. Scocca drove in the final run of the game in the eighth inning with an RBI double.

Payton Coddou struck out seven batters in seven innings of work, giving up two runs (one earned) to get the win. Fernando Guerrero gave up the first seven Mohawk Valley runs to take the loss for Amsterdam.

Adirondack 15 Utica 8: The Adirondack Trail Blazers and Utica Brewers combined for 28 hits as the Trail Blazers won the high-scoring affair, 15-8, for their second win in a row.

Utica scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning on a Nick McIntee RBI single. Adirondack took the lead for good in the third, scoring four runs on a Bryan Haberstroh two-RBI double, an Evan Alderman RBI double and a Nick Fanneron RBI single. A Ryan Rosas RBI double got a run back for Utica in the fourth, but Adirondack answered with another four-run inning with the runs coming on an Alderman RBI single and a Chris Kwitzer three-run home run.

The Brewers scored four runs in the seventh on a bases loaded walk, an Ismael Herrera RBI single, a wild pitch and an RBI groundout. A Ryan Paige RBI double, a Ryan Dorow two-RBI double, a Kwitzer three-RBI triple and an RBI groundout gave the Trail Blazers a seven-run inning to seal the win. An Adam Pexton two-RBI single in the eighth got two runs back for Utica, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Adirondack prevailed.

Will Jahn allowed two runs (both earned) in six innings of work to get the win for Adirondack, while Peter Beattie gave up five Adirondack runs to take the loss.

Elmira 16 Saugerties 10: In another high-scoring game, the Elmira Pioneers beat the Saugerties Stallions, 16-10, at Dunn Field. The 16 runs tie the Pioneers’ season high.

The Pioneers got out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Christian Santisteban two-RBI double and an RBI groundout. A John Giakas RBI single in the third got a run back for Saugerties. Then in the fourth, Tommy Mirabelli hit an RBI single, an error plated a run as did a Sam Clark RBI single, a wild pitch scored another and finally an RBI groundout scored the fifth run of the inning.

The next big Elmira inning came in the seventh as Clark hit a two-RBI single and two bases loaded walks plated two runs. Saugerties came back in the next half inning with a six spot, with Nick Russo hitting an RBI single, Taylor Luckenbill driving in two runs with a single, All-Star Joe Venturino hitting an RBI single and All-Star Dylan Sprague hitting a two-RBI single. The Pioneers responded with another four-run inning as a Taylor Hillson RBI single, an error scored two runs and a Rob Perteet RBI single accounted for the four runs. Saugerties scored three in the top of the ninth on a Keith Andrews RBI single and a Sprague two-RBI single, but it wasn’t enough.

Kyano Cummings struck out nine batters in six innings of one-run ball to get the win. Cummings now has 64 strikeouts on the season, tying him for the second-most in a PGCBL regular season. The record is held by Amsterdam’s Mark Leiter, who struck out 74 batters in 2011. Phil Zdanowski allowed seven Elmira runs (five earned) to take the loss.

Tonight’s Games:

Adirondack at Mohawk Valley (DH) 5 p.m.: Three nights after having a game postponed in Boonville, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and the Adirondack Trail Blazers will meet for a doubleheader in Little Falls.

Amsterdam at Saugerties (DH) 5 p.m.: The Amsterdam Mohawks will have two chances to get their 30th win after coming up short on Thursday in Little Falls as they take on the Saugerties Stallions in a doubleheader.

Elmira at Utica 6:35 p.m.: The Utica Brewers will host the Elmira Pioneers for the final time this season as they look to gain some ground in the West Division standings. The two teams meet two more times in Elmira.

Glens Falls at Newark 7:05 p.m.: The Glens Falls Dragons will make their lone appearance a Colburn Park in the regular season as they take on the Newark Pilots.

Victor at Albany 7:05 p.m.: The Victor RailRiders and Albany Dutchmen will meet for the final time this regular season on Friday. The RailRiders lead the season 2-0, including a 12-1 win in Albany on June 11.

All-Star Game Rosters:

The league has announced the rosters for the 2015 All-Star Game. The rosters can be found here. The game will take place on Monday in Little Falls.

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