The Daily Rundown: July 18, 2015

Amsterdam swept Saugerties on Friday to earn a playoff berth

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There are 12 days left in the PGCBL regular season, which ends on July 30. 

League Leaders

Batting Average: Ryan Cox (Utica) .408

OPS: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 1.175

Home Runs: Three tied at six

RBIs: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 33

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: Two tied at six

Streak Leaders

Longest Winning Streak (Active): Amsterdam/Victor, 2

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

Longest Losing Streak (Active): Saugerties, 9 

Last Night’s Games:

Mohawk Valley 9 Adirondack 1 (Game One): The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs scored a combined six runs in the first two innings to coast to a 9-1 win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers in game one of a doubleheader.

A Troy Scocca two-RBI double in the bottom of the first scored the first two runs of the game and four runs came around in the second, including two on RBI singles by Anthony Herrera and Sam Machonis. Adirondack scored its lone run of the game in the third on an RBI groundout.

The final runs of the seven-inning game came in the bottom of the fourth as Matthew Johnson extended the Mohawk Valley lead with a three-run home run.

Marc Iseneker allowed the one run over five innings to get the win for the DiamondDawgs while Tommy Eng gave up all nine Mohawk Valley runs to take the loss.

Adirondack 4 Mohawk Valley 2 (Game Two): The Adirondack Trail Blazers salvaged a split of a doubleheader against Mohawk Valley by scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull ahead for good.  

The go-ahead run in the sixth came on a passed ball and an insurance run crossed later in the inning on a Kyle Walker RBI single.

The Trail Blazers took an early 2-0 lead in the first on a Bryan Haberstroh RBI double and a Chris Kwitzer RBI single. An Andrew Turner RBI single in the third and a Matthew Johnson RBI single in the fifth tied the game at two for Mohawk Valley before Adirondack took the lead in the sixth.

Mike Flax pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to get the win for Adirondack while Ryan O’Connor gave up the four Adirondack runs to take the loss.

Amsterdam 4 Saugerties 3 (Game One): The Amsterdam Mohawks rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth to pull out a 4-3 win over the Saugerties Stallions and become the fastest team in PGCBL history to get to 30 wins, doing so in 38 games.

Down 3-2 heading into the sixth, Hunter Tackett hit an RBI single to tie the game and Brendan Tracy hit an RBI single to give the Mohawks the lead for good. 

Saugerties scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first on an E2, but a Kyle Dean RBI single in the next half inning tied the game at one. The Stallions re-took the lead in the bottom of the second on another Amsterdam error. Both teams scored a run in the fifth, Amsterdam’s coming via an BRI groundout and the Stallions’ coming via another error.

Joe Randall pitched the bottom of the fifth to get the win for Amsterdam and Tyler Smith tossed two scoreless innings to notch the save. Dalton Dahley gave up the four Amsterdam runs in 5.1 innings to take the loss.

Amsterdam 5 Saugerties 4 (Game Two): The Amsterdam Mohawks became the first team to clinch a playoff berth as they beat Saugerties 5-4 in game two of a doubleheader.

A Scott Manea RBI single and a Tyler Kirkpatrick RBI single in the top of the first got the Mohawks on the board early. Amsterdam added two more in the second on an Aidan McDermott RBI triple and a Hunter Tackett RBI double.

Manea hit another RBI single in the fourth to drive in what wound up being the winning run. Nick Russo plated Pat Dorrian with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning for Saugerties. The last run of the seven-inning game came in the bottom of the fifth on a Joe Venturino RBI single.

Joe Nellis picked up the win for the Mohawks while Kyle Smith notched the save and Matt Wojciak gave up the five Amsterdam runs to take the loss.

Utica 8 Elmira 3: The Utica Brewers scored eight runs in the middle innings to defeat the first-place Elmira Pioneers, 8-3, at Donovan Stadium.

In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Core hit an RBI single, a wild pitch scored a run and a sacrifice fly drove in the third run of the inning. In their next time at bat, the Brewers put up another three spot with two runs coming on a Dan Vucovich home run and the other coming on a Vincent Capone RBI single. The final two Utica runs came in the seventh as Mason McClellan hit an RBI single and Vucovich also hit an RBI single. 

The three Elmira runs came on an RBI groundout in the fifth and a Christian Santisteban two-RBI double in the seventh.

Collin Gee tossed six innings of one-run ball to get the win for the Brewers while Mike Korchak gave up six Brewer runs in 5.2 innings in taking the loss.

Newark 6 Glens Falls 4: The Newark Pilots picked up a game in the West Division standings by beating the Glens Falls Dragons, 6-4, thanks to a three-run fourth inning.

PGCBL All-Star Cody Wiktorski hit a three-RBI double in the bottom of the fourth to give the Pilots the lead for good.

Both teams scored two runs in the first—Glens Falls’ coming on a Ryan Hooper RBI double and a Brennan Price RBI single and Newark’s coming on an error. Both teams also scored a lone run in the third—Glens Falls’ coming on a Price RBI double and Newark’s coming on a double and an error. Price hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-4, but it stayed that way over the final half of the game as the Pilots came out on top.

Patrick Ryan tossed five innings and gave up four runs (all earned) in getting the win for Newark while Mike McFerran allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings of work in taking the loss. 

Victor 10 Albany 9: The Victor RailRiders scored runs in six of the nine innings to defeat the Albany Dutchmen, 10-9, at Bob Bellizzi Field.

The RailRiders’ highest-scoring inning came in the top of the first as they put up a three spot with an Evan Fernandez RBI single and an error. A Matt Fallon RBI double in the second and a Joe Simmons RBI single in the third made it a 4-0 game. Albany got two runs back in the third on a Michael Fitzsimmons two-RBI double. Victor made it a 6-2 game in the fourth with a bases loaded walk but Albany pulled within two runs in the bottom half as an error plated two runs. A double play in the fifth brought Albany within a run. 

Victor responded with a two-run sixth inning on a Chris Intocaso RBI single and a Drew Kissel RBI single. The RailRiders scored their final two runs in the seventh on a Mark Cardinalli RBI triple and an Evan Fernandez RBI single. A Zach Remillard solo home run and a sacrifice fly in the home half got the two runs right back. Albany plated two more in the bottom of the ninth on a Dominic DiCaprio double, but came up a run short in falling at home, 10-9.

Peter Lannoo struck out five in five innings of work while allowing five runs (three earned) to get the win and Chris Kemp notched his sixth save of the season. Chris Amorosi gave up five runs (three earned) in 2.2 innings in taking the loss.

Tonight’s Games:

Saugerties at Glens Falls 1 p.m.: The Glens Falls Dragons and Saugerties Stallions will meet for the fourth time this month as the two teams meet at East Field for a day game on Saturday.

Adirondack at Victor 3 p.m.: The Adirondack Trail Blazers and Victor RailRiders will face off on Saturday in Victor with Victor coming off a win against Albany and Adirondack coming off a split of a doubleheader against Mohawk Valley.

Mohawk Valley at Utica (DH) 5 p.m.: The Utica Brewers and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will meet on two more dates this regular season and both are doubleheaders. One of the twin bills comes on Saturday as the two clubs meet at Donovan Stadium. 

Albany at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.: The Albany Dutchmen, winless in their last five games against Amsterdam, will take on the Mohawks on Saturday night at Shuttleworth Park. 

Newark at Elmira 7:05 p.m.: The Newark Pilots will look to pickup a game in the West Division standings on Saturday as they travel to Elmira to take on the first place Pioneers.

All-Star Game Rosters:

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

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