PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 27, 2012

Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) slugged two home runs against Newark on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy Steve Plopper/Newark Pilots

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Last Night's Games
Cooperstown 10 Glens Falls 8
Newark 5 Elmira 3
Oneonta 11 Albany 3
Amsterdam 9 Mohawk Valley 4

Today's Games and Pitching Probables

Cooperstown at Glens Falls (DH), 5:00 p.m.
Andrew Grann (New Paltz) 1-1, 1.65 ERA  vs. Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) 1-0, 0.60 ERA
Eric Gregory (Wenatchee Valley) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Jake Doller (Kansas State) 0-0, 1.84 ERA

Newark at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State) 3-1, 3.68 vs. Taylor Hicks (Georgia) 0-1, 3.24 ERA

Amsterdam at Albany, 7:00 p.m.
Matt Gage (Siena) 3-0, 2.14 ERA vs. Cody Tollison (Middle Tenn. State) 0-0, 3.57 ERA

Watertown at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) 1-1, 1.64 ERA vs. Carson Bryant (Chattanooga State) 0-1, 3.20 ERA

*Apparently Tuesday was sponored by the letters H and R which stand for home run. Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) clubbed a pair of home runs against the Newark Pilots at Colburn Park while Amsterdam's Chase Green (SIU Edwardsville) and Mohawk Valley's Jack Morrow (Young Harris) exchanged solo swats at spacious Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls. However, the top prize goes to Cooperstown and Glens Falls who accounted for a dizzying total of six home runs at Doubleday Field in a wild 10-8 Cooperstown win.

*Six different players hit home runs in the Glens Falls-Cooperstown game and for five of the six, it was their first home run of the year. Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) of Glens Falls was the only batter in the game to hit his second home run of the season. Cooperstown entered the game with just two home runs as a team and the Hawkeyes bashed four off of Glens Falls pitchers with the biggest being a two-run clout by Jacob Hubert (Laredo C.C.) in the bottom of the eighth to put the Hawkeyes ahead 10-8. Surprisingly with all of the offense, lead changes and home runs, the game only took two hours and 40 minutes.

*The six combined home runs are the most in any game this season - the previous high was five, set by Glens Falls and Watertown on June 7. Coincidentally, Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) also homered in that game.

*Cooperstown's Tyler Mautner (Buffalo) and Chris Blanton (CSU Monterey Bay) accounted for the first back-to-back home runs of the season in the seventh inning. Mautner slammed a two-run home run to left field as the second batter after the seventh-inning stretch. Chris Blanton followed with a smash over the right-field fence to give Cooperstown an 8-7 lead.

*The Golden Eagles and Hawkeyes in general accounted for 18 runs on 29 hits. Glens Falls totaled 15 hits while Cooperstown had 14. Each team only was charged with one error. Fifteen starters had at least one hit and nine players recorded multi-hit performances. The top four batters in the Cooperstown line-up, Ty Morris (CSU Monterey Bay), Matt Carr (New Paltz), Jacob Hubert (Laredo C.C.) and Adam Lavelle (Western Kentucky) each scored two runs and accounted for eight of the 10 Hawkeye runs. Chris Blanton and Jacob Hubert had three RBI apiece.

*Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) was nearly a one-man wrecking crew for Glens Falls. He drilled a two-run home run in the top of the first, doubled and scored in both the fifth and seventh innings and then he singled in the ninth. Vigliarolo finished 4-for-5 with two RBI, two doubles and three runs scored.

*There must be something in the water in Otsego County and here's why. Tuesday evening opened with Glens Falls and Cooperstown accounting for seven runs in the first inning - Glens Falls scored four in the top of the first and Cooperstown answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. About 20 miles down the road and two hours later, the Albany Dutchmen scored three runs in the top of the first at Oneonta's Damaschke Field only to have the host Outlaws answer with a four-spot in the home half of the frame.

*Lost in all Tuesday night's offense, a good pitchers duel between Elmira's Justin Bhatti (Norfolk State) and Newark's Phillip Flach (Samford). Flach twirled a three-hitter over seven innings and yielded one run on a Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) solo home run. Bhatti seated nine via strikeout in 5.2 innings and did not give up an earned run. He held the bats of the Pilots silent through the first five innings before Newark erupted with a two-out rally in the sixth that produced four scores.

*Connor Kaden (Wake Forest) was solid in a start for the nationally-ranked Mohawks at Vet's Park against the DiamondDawgs. Kaden twirled a two-hit bid through five, struck out six and allowed one run on a solo home run. The only real trouble he faced was in the third with runners on second and third and no one out. A fielders' choice saw teammate Demarcus Henderson (Miss. State) cut down a runner at home and then Kaden induced an inning-ending double play to erase the threat.

*Mohawk Valley's John Means (Fort Scott) racked up another high strikeout total with seven in 4.1 frames versus Amsterdam. Through four starts, Means has amassed a league high 34 strikeouts.

*With Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) recording two home runs against Newark on Tuesday, it marked the second night in a row in which a player hit two home runs in one game. Amsterdam's Ed Charlton (NJIT) belted two blasts at home versus Albany on Monday. It's no surprise then that Charlton and Patterson are tied for the league lead with four home runs apiece.

*As a team, Oneonta leads the league in stolen bases. However on Tuesday night against an equally agressive Albany club, the Outlaws did not attempt a single stolen base. Without stealing a base or even attempting a theft, Oneonta still set single game season highs for runs scored (11) and hits (13).

*The race for the current longest winning streak in the league right now is being won by...Oneonta. The Outlaws, a streaky bunch indeed, have won four in a row. Another win will give the Orange and Black their longest win streak of the season. Oneonta has already put together winning streaks of three and four games as well as a pair of three-game losing streaks. Both Amsterdam and Newark have won three in a row.

*Amsterdam and Newark were also benefitted on Tuesday night by the big inning, one in which you either go ahead for a lead or break open a small lead with three or more runs. Newark trailed, 1-0, before erupting for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Pilots plated four unearned runs on three hits with the biggest coming from former PGCBL Player of the Week Joe Landi (Rhode Island) who hit a two-run single. Landi, who batted in the three slot earlier this season, hit seventh last night. Meanwhile over in Little Falls, Amsterdam blew open a 2-1 game with three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth. The sixth inning was the backbreaker against the DiamondDawgs with four runs on no hits - four walks, three hit batters, one wild pitch and one error.

*Recent additions to PGCBL teams include Ryan Skoubo (Tacoma C.C.) to the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Kasceim Graham (UAlbany) to the Albany Dutchmen. Skoubo is a long and lengthy lefty pitcher from Washington that is a rising sophomore in the NWAACC. Graham is a veteran arm from the University at Albany and he has previously pitched for the Dutchmen.

*The main reasons for Newark's current three-game winning streak, offense and defense. Sounds silly but the numbers don't lie. In three-straight wins, Newark has scored at least five runs and posted a pair of double-digit hit games. The total through the three games - 24 runs on 33 hits while opponents have managed 12 runs on 20 hits. Meanwhile, in the field, Newark has strung together back-to-back games without committing an error. After being charged with four in a win against Mohawk Valley, the Pilots have been flawless in the field.

Looking Ahead
*Glens Falls and Cooperstown complete what essentially amounts to a three-game series with a doubleheader this evening at East Field. As with other PGCBL doubleheaders, both games are scheduled for seven innings. The Eagles and Hawkeyes have split two meetings this year though Glens Falls has combined to score 19 runs versus Cooperstown in those two games. For the Golden Eagles, Tuesday marks a chance at separation from a three-team tie for fourth place with Albany and Mohawk Valley. The DiamondDawgs are off and Albany plays host to Amsterdam. A sweep would push the Golden Eagles back over .500 and put them into sole possession of fourth place. The Golden Eagles played six official doubleheaders last season due to rain, one of those was a home sweep of Cooperstown on July 27. Cooperstown's win on Tuesday ended a four-game slide, the Hawkeyes now look for their third winning streak of the season.

*As part of a near week-long homestand, Oneonta hosts Newark on Wednesday night at Damaschke Field. This will be the first-ever meeting in Oneonta between the Outlaws and Pilots. One winning streak will end here - either Oneonta's run of four in a row or Newark's three-game winning stretch. The game will feature three of the top base stealers in the league in Oneonta's Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) and Newark's Joe Landi (Rhode Island). All three have at least 11 swipes this season. The Outlaws have been very good at home (4-2) while the Pilots have done an admirable job away from Colburn Park (6-4).

*Watertown returns from a day off on Tuesday with a trip down to Elmira's Dunn Field for a date with the Pioneers. The Wizards have played the Pios three times already and neither team has won at home. Watertown is 2-0 at the Dunn with a recent 7-2 win in the Twin Tiers. Elmira won in its' only trip up to Watertown with a 12-9 decision at the Fairgrounds during a week-long road trip. The Wizards look to break up a slide with former PGCBL Pitcher of the Week Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) making his third start of the summer. Two previous starts by Solis came against Newark. The Pios have not been good at home this season with a 2-5 mark at the Dunn. That said, the Pios lead the league in attendance with over 2,500 fans per night.

*Amsterdam and Albany should be well acquainted by now. The Dutchmen and the Mohawks have met four times previously already this season - three times at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam and once at Bob Bellizzi Field just outside of downtown Albany. The nationally-ranked Mohawks have raked the Dutchmen over the coals for four victories though in defense of Albany, Amsterdam has a 14-1 record against any team that is not Glens Falls. The Mohawks won their only previous visit to "The Bob" just last week. The Dutchmen have played better at home than they have on the road with a 5-3 record inside the Plumeri Sports Complex. Two of the last three games in the Capital District for the Dutch have gone down as wins and one of those came over Newark this past Friday night behind an 11-strikeout performance from David Stagg (Heartland C.C.). 

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