PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 28, 2013

Albany's Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) leads the league with two walk-off hits. Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

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Last Night’s Scores
Cooperstown 3 Adirondack 1 (Game 1)
Cooperstown 6 Adirondack 0 (Game 2)
Watertown 9 Utica 4 (6)
Albany 4 Mohawk Valley 3 (10)
Newark 9 Elmira 4
Amsterdam 6 Glens Falls 4 (Game 1)
Amsterdam 17 Glens Falls 2 (Game 2)

Tonight’s Games
Elmira at Utica (DH), 6:00 PM

*Including today, there are four days remaining in the 2013 PGCBL regular season. The final day of the regular season is Wednesday, July 31.

*If the playoffs started today…East 1) Amsterdam, bye; 3) Albany at 2) Mohawk Valley…West 1) Watertown, bye; 3) Newark at 2) Elmira. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 1.

*Games played-games remaining…Adirondack (45-3), Albany (43-5), Amsterdam (45-3), Cooperstown (41-3), Elmira (42-5), Glens Falls (43-5), Mohawk Valley (41-4), Newark (44-4), Utica (40-4), Watertown (44-4).

*Regarding the playoffs, here’s what we know. Amsterdam, Watertown and Elmira have all clinched playoff spots. In the West, Elmira became the second team to punch a postseason ticket on Saturday night when Cooperstown swept Adirondack in Boonville. Newark’s magic number for clinching a playoff spot is one – either one win or one Utica loss. Watertown can wrap up the division championship with one more win or one more Elmira loss. Amsterdam is the only team to have clinched a playoff spot in the PGCBL East. The Mohawks, like the Rams, can clinch their division title with one win or in this case, one Mohawk Valley loss – the two teams will play at Shuttleworth Park on Monday night. Mohawk Valley, Albany and Glens Falls are all in the mix for the final two playoff spots in the East. We’ll know more about the East playoff situation come Monday night.

*Amsterdam needs one more win to become the first team in PGCBL history with three 30-win regular seasons. Over the last three years, Keith Griffin’s Mohawks have amassed a 94-45 PGCBL (.676) regular season record. It should be noted that under Keith Griffin, the Mohawks are 151-72 (.677) over the last five years. That does not include Amsterdam’s postseason record. Griffin recorded his 150th win as Amsterdam’s manager in the opening game of Saturday night’s doubleheader at Glens Falls.

*Saturday night’s games featured a little bit of everything including a 10th-inning comeback and a walk-off victory all in one, back-to-back complete game pitching performances in a doubleheader sweep, 12 runs scored in one inning, a player setting a franchise record with six RBI in a single game and three overall players belting three-run triples.

*Albany’s Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) became the first PGCBL player this season with two walk-off hits. Suseck connected on a walk-off single in a victory over the Amsterdam Mohawks on June 20. Saturday night, Suseck’s two-out double in the bottom of the 10th inning erased a 3-2 Mohawk Valley lead and gave the Dutchmen a 4-3 comeback victory. Albany has won five games on walk-off hits, the most of any team in the PGCBL this season. No league team had more than three walk-off wins last season.

*All seven of the runs scored in the Albany-Mohawk Valley game either crossed the plate in the fourth or the 10th innings. The two teams traded two-run rallies in the fourth and then no runs were scored until extra innings. All three runs in the non-regulation frame were scored with two outs.

*While Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) had the game-winning hit for Albany, shortstop Tyler Orris (Millersville) made timely contributions in the game’s final frame. With runners on second and third and one out for Mohawk Valley in the 10th, Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) hit a ground ball to the left side. Orris fielded the ball and threw home to retire Jordan Serena (Columbia) for the second out. Mohawk Valley did however go on to score to take a 3-2 lead on a two-out single by Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice). With a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Orris worked a two-out walk from MV reliever Tyler Bray (ULM) to set up Suseck’s game-winning hit. In the game overall, Orris scored two of Albany’s three runs.

*Both starting pitchers in the Mohawk Valley-Albany game, Gavin Culpepper (Southeastern Louisiana) of the Dawgs and Matt Gallup (Hudson Valley C.C.) of the Dutchmen, pitched 7.2 innings and allowed two runs.

*Cooperstown Hawkeye hurlers have thrown four seven-inning complete games in a row as the team has gone 4-0 with back-to-back road doubleheader sweeps of both Glens Falls and Adirondack. Thursday night, Cody Smith (Black Hawk) and Jack Stover (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.) worked back-to-back complete games in a twin bill sweep at Glens Falls. Smith and Stover combined to pitch 12 consecutive scoreless innings and the duo limited the Eagles to three total runs on 11 hits. Saturday, Eann Cox (Black Hawk) and Colton Kibler (Garden City C.C.) pitched back-to-back complete games in a sweep at Adirondack. Cox spun a five-hitter in a 3-1 victory while Kibler fired a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 win. Both Cox and Kibler struck out nine batters each and they did not allow an extra-base hit.

*Cooperstown’s current four-game winning streak is the longest winning streak for the team since the Hawkeyes won six-straight games between July 16 and July 21 in 2011.

*All nine Cooperstown runs on Saturday evening crossed the plate in the first four innings of either game. In the opener, the Hawkeyes scored all three of their runs in the second inning. In the night cap, Cooperstown posted two runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.

*Colton Kibler (Garden City C.C.) was nearly perfect for the Hawkeyes in the night cap of Saturday’s doubleheader with Adirondack. He pitched Cooperstown’s second seven-inning complete game shutout of the season. Jonathan Chudy (Pace) threw a seven-inning complete game shutout earlier this season at home against Elmira. Kibler allowed just two Adirondack singles and he walked one. The Trail Blazers took advantage of two Cooperstown errors to put two runners on base. Kibler seated eight of Adirondack’s first nine hitters and later closed out the game by retiring 10 of the last 11.

*Newark was triple-tastic in a soggy home win on Saturday night against Elmira. The Pilots belted two three-run triples two innings apart. Josh Ludwig (Rochester) ripped a bases-clearing triple to center field in the fourth and then Chad Adams (Saint Rose) slapped a three-RBI triple into right-center field in the seventh. Both Max Rosing (Cortland State) and Steve Laurino (Marist) scored on each triple. Oh by the way, Watertown’s Bobby Indeglia (Holy Cross) also hit a three-run triple in a win at Utica.

*Saturday night, Newark’s Chad Adams (Saint Rose) became the fourth player in the PGCBL this season to post a six-RBI game. Adams joined Amsterdam’s Jordan Ebert (Auburn), Cooperstown’s Cameron Day (Norfolk State) and Mohawk Valley’s Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) on the six-RBI list. Adams connected on an RBI ground out in his first at-bat and then smacked a three-run triple in the sixth. He helped Newark pull away in the seventh with a two-run single. Chad’s six RBI against the Elmira Pioneers set a Newark franchise single-game record.

*The Watertown Rams earned their first victory at Utica’s Donovan Stadium since 2004 with a rain-shortened decision over the Utica Brewers. Watertown’s last win in Utica came when the then-named Watertown Wizards defeated the now-defunct Mohawk Valley Cobras.

*Watertown’s Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) has four combined RBI in his last two games and just one hit. Lopez drove in two runs on Saturday night at home against Newark on a fielders’ choice and a sacrifice fly. Saturday night, the Texan drew a bases-loaded walk and smashed an RBI single. Lopez leads the Rams with 30 RBI in 34 games played. He is the first Watertown hitter to record at least 30 RBI since 2009 when Brant Jones topped the Watertown Wizards with 32. The franchise record is 35 and that was set in 2005.

*Bobby Indeglia (Holy Cross) accounted for six of Watertown’s nine runs at Utica on Saturday night. Indeglia, the Rams’ nine-hole hitter, ripped a three-run triple as part of a five-run second inning. He then scored on a Joe Moroney (Kansas) single. Indeglia walked in the fourth and was brought home on a J.J. Wagner (Pacific) sacrifice fly. He reached base again in the fifth on a two-out single, moved to second on a Joe Moroney walk and then scored on a Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) RBI single.

*Recent Watertown signee Matthew Thaiss (Jackson H.S.), a 32nd-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox last month, had his first PGCBL plate appearance on Saturday night. The University of Virginia-bound catcher pinch hit in the sixth inning. In his first at-bat of the summer, he cranked a two-out triple into right field.

*Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) went 1-for-2 with a walk on Saturday night to maintain an over .400 batting average for the season. Heading into the final four days of the regular season, Pierson leads the PGCBL with a .404 batting average. He is .016 ahead of Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) in the race for the batting championship. The PGCBL record for highest batting average in a season is held by Ross Kivett (Kansas State). Kivett played for Glens Falls last summer and he compiled a .401 batting average in 40 games.

*Amsterdam extended its winning streak to eight games on Saturday night with a doubleheader sweep over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at East Field. Amsterdam’s eight-game win streak is the longest in the PGCBL this season. The Mohawks had winning streaks of nine and 10 games last year en route to the league championship. Unofficially, the Tribe has won nine in a row however statistics from the completed game against Utica earlier this week revert back to June 6.

*The Mohawks swept a doubleheader at Glens Falls for the first time in the PGCBL era.

*Ed Charlton (NJIT) of the Mohawks hit a three-run home run in Amsterdam’s night cap victory over Glens Falls. Charlton’s home run, his sixth of the season, pushed him into sole possession of first place on the PGCBL’s all-time home run list. In two PGCBL seasons, the NJIT outfielder has belted 13 home runs. Charlton was previously tied for first place on the all-time home run list with Josh Anderson (Florida International) of Glens Falls.

*The opening game of the Amsterdam-Glens Falls doubleheader featured two ties and two lead changes. The Golden Eagles struck first in the bottom of the first behind a two-out, two-run single from Josh Anderson (Florida International). Amsterdam surged ahead for the first time in the game with three runs in the second inning on five hits. The Golden Eagles pulled level in the third on a Buddy Putnam (South Florida) fielders’ choice. The Mohawks re-assumed the lead in the fifth on a John Nogowski (Florida State) RBI single only to have Glens Falls tie the game again in the home half of the inning on a Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) RBI ground out. Amsterdam took its third and final lead of the game in the sixth behind RBI from Jordan Ebert (Auburn) and Keith Skinner (Fairfield).

*Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) scored three of the Eagles’ four runs in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Ramirez was one of two Golden Eagles to cross the plate on Josh Anderson’s (FIU) two-run single in the first inning. He drew his second walk of the game in the third and then advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt and a base hit. Ramirez recorded his second run of the night on a Buddy Putnam (South Florida) fielders’ choice. The rising sophomore from UTPA posted his first and only hit in the fifth, a lead-off triple and that set up Garrett DeGallier’s (Tacoma C.C.) game-tying fielders’ choice.

*Lost in the offensive fireworks for Amsterdam in the night cap was a strong pitching performance from Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.). Snyder, the All-Star Game starter for the East, pitched a three-hitter over five innings, allowed one run, walked one and struck out five in his fifth win. Snyder seated 15 of the 19 batters he faced.

*Amsterdam’s 12 runs in the sixth inning set a new league season high. The 2012 Mohawks still hold the record for the most runs scored in a single frame. The Tribe tallied 13 times in the seventh inning last summer in an 18-12 win over the Newark Pilots at Colburn Park. That game featured over 20-combined runs in the seventh inning.

*Breaking down Amsterdam’s 12-run, 11-hit sixth inning. The Mohawks sent 16 batters to the plate. Ed Charlton (NJIT) and Shane Zimmer (Canisius) each recorded multiple RBI in the inning on multiple hits. Charlton connected on an RBI single in his first at-bat and then slugged a three-run home run in his second sixth-inning trip to the plate. Zimmer struck a two-RBI double in his first at-bat and then capped off the scoring splurge with an RBI single down the left-field line that plated Amsterdam’s 17th run. Jordan Ebert (Auburn) went 2-for-2 in the inning with two singles. Kevin Guthrie (Brown) drove in two runs with a two-RBI single and he scored twice.

*Following Saturday night’s game, Amsterdam leads the league with 295 runs scored. The Mohawks have a 59-run cushion over second-place Watertown. Amsterdam is also the only league team with over 400 hits – the Mohawks have smacked out 448 hits. No other team has more than 377.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*A slight delineation today from the usual. Elmira head coach Matt Burch’s name still stands in the New York State high school baseball record books. Burch pitched for Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights from 1993 through 1995. He struck out 457 batters over a three-year varsity career and graduated with the second-most strikeouts in state history. Burch is currently fourth on New York’s all-time strikeout list. As a junior in 1994, Matt set a state record with 218 strikeouts. That record was not broken until 2005. He is currently second on the list. The Elmira, N.Y., native went on to Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a first-round selection (30th overall) of the Kansas City Royals in the 1998 Major League Baseball draft.  

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*The only action scheduled for tonight takes place at Utica’s Donovan Stadium where the Utica Brewers host the Elmira Pioneers in a key PGCBL West doubleheader. The Brewers are in a fight for their playoff lives and need to win out in their remaining four games to have a chance at making the PGCBL postseason. Elmira has already clinched a playoff spot but the Pioneers need two more wins or Newark losses to clinch a home game in the opening round. Matt Burch’s Pioneers are making their first-ever trip to Donovan Stadium. The two teams met for the first time two weeks ago at Dunn Field on a Sunday evening. Elmira came away with a 3-2 victory behind a seventh-inning RBI single from Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan). The Pioneers are 2-3 over their last five games with wins against Watertown and Albany. The Brewers have lost three in a row but are 2-1 in their last three home games at Donovan Stadium with wins against Adirondack and Mohawk Valley.

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