PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 27, 2012

Field level during PGCBL All-Star Game introductions. Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks/Jon Sargalis

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Last Night's Scores
Amsterdam at Glens Falls - PPD Rain, DH 7/27
Albany at Newark - Cancelled, Rain/Severe Weather
Cooperstown at Watertown - Cancelled, Rain/Severe Weather
Oneonta at Elmira - Cancelled, Rain/Severe Weather

Today's Games and Pitching Probables

Glens Falls at Amsterdam (DH), 4:30 p.m./7:15 p.m.
Glens Falls - Cory Folk (Buffalo) 2-0, 5.24 ERA and Neil Fryer (Siena) 1-2, 3.78 ERA
Amsterdam - Rocky McCord (Auburn) 4-0, 1.34 ERA and Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) 6-0, 1.12

Elmira at Cooperstown, 5:00 p.m.
Brad Bellinger (St. John's) 1-0, 3.86 ERA vs. Cody Cooper (Northern Kentucky) 2-5, 6.75 ERA

Mohawk Valley at Albany, 7:05 p.m.
Evan Davis (Marist) 0-2, 6.75 ERA vs. Kasceim Graham (UAlbany) 1-2, 6.91 ERA

Watertown at Newark, 7:05 p.m.
Nick Bradley (W. Michigan) 3-2, 3.18 ERA vs. Cullen Babin (Delta State) 2-1, 3.74 ERA

*The entire league schedule yesterday was washed away by rain showers that moved across the state in the afternoon and into the evening. It was just the second time this season (June 12) and third time in two years that an entire day has been lost due to rain.

*Our thoughts go out to those in Elmira and the Southern Tier where a possible tornado touched down in the Elmira yesterday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. According to the local media, there was significant damage in and around the city and a State of Emergency was in effect in Elmira until 8:00 am this morning.

*One week from tonight, nine teams that started the season will be trimmed down to four as the 2012 PGCBL playoffs start with Game 1 of the semifinal series at seeds one (Amsterdam) and two (TBD).

*So, where do yesterday's cancellations leave us? Well, the entire remaining schedule, weather permitting, can be found in today's game notes located on the "Game Day" link on the left rail.

*At this point, here are all the teams and how many games they have remaining until the end of the regular season on Wednesday.

Team Record Games Left Total
Albany 19-21 40 7 47
Amsterdam 31-10 41 6 47
Cooperstown 11-28 39 6 45
Elmira 16-25 41 5 46
Glens Falls 23-18 41 7 48
Mohawk Valley 22-19 41 6 47
Newark 23-19 42 5 47
Oneonta 22-20 42 5 47
Watertown 17-24 41 5 46

Looking Ahead
*Glens Falls and Amsterdam weren't able to get their game in last night at East Field, so instead they'll play two today at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park to close out their regular season series of eight games. Each team has an undefeated (2-0) record in doubleheader games this season. The Mohawks swept a home twin bill from the Oneonta Outlaws on June 21 and the Golden Eagles took two in a row from the Cooperstown Hawkeyes at East Field on June 27. The last time the Mohawks and Golden Eagles met in a twin bill, it was at Shuttleworth Park on June 24 of last season, also a Friday night. Glens Falls swept the doubleheader from Amsterdam with victories of 6-2 and 4-1. Neil Fryer (Siena), one of the two scheduled starters for Glens Falls tonight, was one of the two Glens Falls winning pitchers in the double dip last season. Earlier this year, Fryer slowed the Amsterdam bats for his first 2012 win by allowing two runs over seven innings at East Field. A sweep either way for the Green and Gold could put the team on the verge of punching a playoff ticket or send them into the middle of the peloton that is Newark, Oneonta, Albany and Mohawk Valley. Amsterdam with at least one win can break the league record for single season victories, set last year by Glens Falls. One week from tonight, Amsterdam will be at home opening the league playoffs against the number four seed. As was mentioned yesterday, Glens Falls leads the season series 5-1. Over the last two years in the regular season, the Green and Gold is 10-4 against Amsterdam.

*A home-and-home series between Mohawk Valley and Albany opens tonight at Bob Bellizzi Field in the Capital District. This series could take on a playoff-like atmosphere. Mohawk Valley currently sits in fourth place and holds the final playoff spot. The DiamondDawgs have a half-game lead on the idle Oneonta Outlaws and trail third-place Newark by only a half-game. Albany is on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, 2.5 games back of Mohawk Valley. The Dutchmen drilled the DiamondDawgs, 9-1, the last time the two teams played on July 18. However it is Mohawk Valley that has the lead in the season series, 4-2. The DiamondDawgs earned two of those wins at Bellizzi Field on July 11 with a doubleheader sweep that was bolstered by a no-hitter from Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.). Mohawk Valley's remaining schedule consists of two against Albany, two against Amsterdam and then single games with Elmira and Watertown. Albany has two with Mohawk Valley, two with Amsterdam, two with Cooperstown and a single game against Glens Falls. Nick Davey's Dutchmen are 5-5 in their last 10 games while the DiamondDawgs roll into the 'The Bob" with a 1-6 record in their last seven games however three of thsoe seven defeats were to Amsterdam. Against every team but Amsterdam, MV is 21-10. For Albany, the record stands at 17-15 without games against Amsterdam.

*Friday night's game between Newark and Watertown will be just Newark's second game in the last five days. The combination of rain outs, scheduled off-days and the All-Star Game have a rested Pilots team heading into the final sprint of the regular season that begins with a home match against former division rival Watertown. With a win over Elmira on Wednesday, Newark slid up into third place and now is a half-game clear of fourth-place Mohawk Valley and just a half-game behind second-place Glens Falls. Prior to its run to the league title last year, Newark finished second in the PGCBL West behind Cooperstown by only a half-game. This is the 10th and final meeting of the season between the Pilots and Wizards. Newark leads the series 7-2 and most recently outlasted Watertown, 8-6, at the Duffy Fairgrounds on a three-run home run by Joe Landi (Rhode Island) in the ninth inning. One of Watertown's wins did come at Colburn Park earlier this year in a wild 15-13 decision in extra innings. In fact, Newark has played just two extra-inning games and both have been versus Watertown. Each team has won one of those games; both came at Colburn Park. Despite a decent amount of time off lately, Newark has won seven of its last 10 games. Newark has also won two in a row at home and boasts a 12-8 record. That said, Watertown has won 13 times away from home. The Purple and Gold have won two straight road games and can play the role of spoiler on Friday night.

*Cooperstown and Elmira round out the schedule on Friday with the early nine-inning game at 5:00 p.m. Amsterdam and Glens Falls will start their first game, just a seven-inning affair, 30 minutes earlier.  The former division rivals meet for the final time this season at Doubleday Field. The last time Elmira and Cooperstown got together at Doubleday, Elmira won a 13-7 slugfest on July 14. The Pioneers lead the series, 5-1. Cooperstown pulled out a victory over Elmira on June 28 in front of nearly 4,000 fans at Dunn Field. The first two games pitting Elmira against Cooperstown this year were low-scoring at 3-1 and 3-2. Since then, the winning team has reeled off at least five runs. The last two completed games - Cooperstown 8-6 in Elmira and Elmira 13-7 in Cooperstown. The Hawkeyes swing the stick well at home and are coming off of an 11-run outburst against Glens Falls on Wednesday. The Hawkeyes have hit double digits in runs multiple times at home this year with a high of 13 runs versus Mohawk Valley on July 2/July 15 (resumed). 

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