PGCBL Playoff Rundown - August 3, 2013

Shuttleworth Park on Friday night for Amsterdam's playoff game with Albany. Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks.

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Last Night’s Scores
Amsterdam 4 Albany 2 (Amsterdam leads the series, 1-0)
Elmira 7 Watertown 6 (14) (Elmira leads the series, 1-0)

Tonight’s Games
Amsterdam at Albany, 7:05 PM (Game 2) – East Division Finals
Watertown at Elmira, 7:05 PM (Game 2) – West Division Finals

Tomorrow’s Games
Elmira at Watertown, 5:00 PM (Game 3, if nec.) – West Division Finals
Albany at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM (Game 3, if nec.) – East Division Finals

*Watertown and Elmira played the longest game in PGCBL playoff history last night at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Friday night’s 14-inning game, which featured a 31-minute rain delay after 13 innings, took over four hours to complete. No other PGCBL playoff game had lasted longer than 11 innings.

*In all four extra-inning PGCBL playoff games, the road team has won. A home team has never won a PGCBL playoff game on a walk-off.

*Road teams are now 3-1 in the playoffs this season. The only higher-seeded/home team to win so far has been Amsterdam.

*All-time, Amsterdam is 8-3 in the PGCBL playoffs. That includes a 5-1 record in the opening round/divisional finals.

*Under Keith Griffin, the Mohawks are 20-3 in postseason games.

*Elmira head coach Matt Burch ran his overall playoff record to 9-2 with a win in Watertown on Friday night. With Burch as the skipper, Elmira has not lost a playoff game since 2006.

*Correction to a note from yesterday – Albany played 46 innings between Tuesday and Thursday. If one includes Monday’s regular season home finale against Cooperstown, the number of innings played increases to 55. With Friday night’s game in Amsterdam, Albany has played 64 innings over the past five days with 55 of those coming away from Bob Bellizzi Field.

*Both Watertown and Amsterdam played to terrific crowds on Friday night in their playoff home openers. The Rams drew 1,227 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds while 1,226 took in Amsterdam’s home win over Albany at Shuttleworth Park.

*Elmira’s Colby Gee (Ithaca), who had the winning hit against Watertown, did not enter the game until extra innings. Gee pinch hit in the top of the 12th and remained in the game after that. His go-ahead single in the top of the 14th inning provided the winning run for the Pioneers. Gee already has postseason baseball experience this season – he helped the Ithaca College Bombers advance to the NCAA Division III World Series.

*Elmira relief pitchers Anthony Ciango (Northern Illinois), Clark Pence (Morehead State), Anthony Roma (Herkimer County C.C.) and Parker Curry (Samford) combined to pitch nine innings on Friday night. The quartet allowed one Watertown run on five hits. Roma earned the win with four innings of relief – he pitched the longest of any Elmira hurler in the game. After Watertown tied the game in the 11th, Roma seated six of Watertown’s next seven batters in the 12th and 13th.

*Friday night’s Elmira-Watertown game very well could have ended in the 11th, much like three other PGCBL playoff games previously which went into extra innings. Elmira loaded the bases with one out in the top half of the frame and Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) connected on an RBI single to give Elmira the lead. The bases remained loaded but Watertown reliever Logan Grant (Creighton) was able to pitch out of the jam. He struck out Ryan Plantier (Cornell) and then forced Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) to ground out to end the inning. Watertown quickly tied the game on a one-out RBI single in the 11th by Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi). The Rams loaded the bases with one out; the last runner coming from an intentional walk to J.J. Wagner (Pacific). Anthony Roma pitched out of trouble and ended the inning as he forced Collin Theroux (Nevada) to hit into a 6-4-3 twin killing.

*Watertown and Elmira combined for 32 hits however the two teams left 26 runners on base. Riley Smith (Occidental) and Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) each had four hits for Watertown. Smith finished 4-for-6 with a home run and four RBI. Joe Moroney (Kansas) and Matthew Thaiss (Virginia 2013-14) also had two hits apiece for the Rams. Elmira’s top three hitters on the line-up card – Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan), Parker Curry (Samford) and Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) all had three hits, Curry drove in three runs. Late-game replacement Colby Gee (Ithaca) went 2-for-2 with one RBI.

*Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) began Friday night’s game for Elmira as the pitcher/designated hitter, essentially meaning that he was batting for himself. Henderson pitched three scoreless innings and then was taken out in favor of Brandon Diorio (Ithaca). Henderson remained in the game as designated hitter All three of Henderson’s hits in the game came after he was taken off the mound.

*A burst of power came from two slightly unknown sources on Friday night. Elmira’s Parker Curry (Samford) and Watertown’s Riley Smith (Occidental) combined for just one home run during the regular season – that was hit by Curry. Friday, Smith bashed a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Watertown amassed a 3-1 lead. Curry responded with a three-run launch in the top of the fourth inning that pushed the Pios ahead, 5-3. Smith answered back in the home fifth with a two-run double. Together, the two combined for two home runs and seven RBI. Both players were the starting shortstops for their respective teams.

*Amsterdam’s Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14) has now pitched in seven games all-time between the Mohawks and the Dutchmen. Snyder pitched in four Amsterdam-Albany games as a member of the Dutchmen in 2012; he started three. This season, Snyder has faced his former team three times.

*While Elmira and Watertown blasted balls all over the North Country, Amsterdam and Albany played in a low-scoring thriller which featured six runs and 12 total hits. Amsterdam, the league’s top offense during the regular season, managed just four hits and scored four runs. Albany’s Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) was the only player in the game to record multiple hits.

*The first two-thirds of Friday night’s Albany-Amsterdam game featured a strong pitchers’ duel between Albany’s Charles Parslow (Hudson Valley C.C.) and Amsterdam’s Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14). Parslow twirled a two-hitter over six innings and allowed two runs, one earned. Snyder blanked the Dutchmen over the first six innings and then was charged with an unearned score in the seventh. He conceded five hits in 6.2 innings, walked two and struck out seven.

*Amsterdam head coach Keith Griffin made a key switch that paid off for the Tribe in the seventh inning. Griffin replaced starter Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14) with Chris Kalica (St. John’s 2013-14) in the seventh inning with the potential game-tying run on third and two outs. Kalica, the league’s leader in appearances during the regular season, struck out Brad Noland (North Alabama) to end the threat. After Amsterdam added an insurance run in the seventh, Kalica retired the side in order in the eighth. He seated all four men he faced.

*Jordan Ebert (Auburn) played a pivotal role for the Mohawks on Friday. Ebert broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a solo home run and then added an insurance run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly. The rising sophomore from Auburn also made a diving catch in left-center field to rob Luke Nethaway (Saint Rose) of a lead-off hit in the top of the seventh.

*Amsterdam outfielders made three diving catches to rob Albany of potential scoring opportunities. Center fielder Ed Charlton (NJIT) snared a sinking line drive hit by Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) in the fourth inning with a runner on first base. Suseck hit a fly ball into right field foul territory in the sixth with a runner on third, Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) made a diving catch to end Suseck’s at-bat and the inning. In the seventh, Jordan Ebert (Auburn) robbed Luke Nethaway on a blast into the left-center field gap with a diving catch.

*Albany lead-off man Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) drove in both runs for the Dutchmen. Marks plated Justin Brock (Franklin Pierce) in the seventh with a ground out to the shortstop and then he singled home Luke Nethaway from third in the ninth.

*The Dutchmen had the potential tying run on second in the top of the ninth against Amsterdam closer Mike Urbanski (Binghamton). An RBI single by Anthony Marks along with an error on the play allowed Justin Brock (Franklin Pierce) to move from corner to corner, Marks ended up on second. Urbanski quashed the threat and ended the game with his second strikeout of the inning.

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