The Daily Rundown: July 7, 2014

The Watertown Rams beat the Utica Brewers last night, 6-4. Photo Courtesy: Warren Shelmidine

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Last night’s games:

Mohawk Valley 17 Adirondack 3

The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs bounced back from a 13-0 loss with a 17-3 win against the Adirondack Trail Blazers. With Amsterdam out of action, the DiamondDawgs picked up a half game and now sit a game and a half behind the Mohawks for first place in the East Division.

After Adirondack took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Justin Korenblatt RBI groundout, Mohawk Valley scored six runs in the top of the second to take the lead for good. Gus Craig hit a two-run home run, Trey Stover hit a 2-RBI single, and Colin Hawk added a 2-RBI single. Alex Simone hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second for Adirondack to make it a 6-2 game.

Stover added an RBI double in the fourth inning and Hawk hit a two-run home run later in the inning. The DiamondDawgs added lone runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to make it a 12-3 game. Mohawk Valley scored five more in the eighth inning to make it 17-3, what wound up being the final score.

Nick Petrella allowed three runs (all earned) in seven innings of work for the victors. Petrella struck out sixth as he picked up his fourth win of the season. Adirondack starter Jesse Whitmeyer allowed six runs (all earned) in an inning and a third as he took the loss.

Watertown 6 Utica 4

The Watertown Rams came back from an eighth inning deficit to defeat the Utica Brewers, 6-4. The Rams remain in a tie for first place with the win, while Utica drops to 3-22 on the year.

Watertown took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Joe Ogren RBI single and a Chris Gaetano RBI double. Utica made it a 2-1 game in the top of the second on a bases-loaded walk. It was all zeros until the top of the sixth when the Brewers tied the game on a throwing error from Rams catcher Joe Deluca. Gaetano gave Watertown the lead again as the leadoff man in the bottom of the inning. Gaetano hit a home run to right field to give Watertown a 3-2 lead.

The Rams held the 3-2 lead until the top of the eighth inning when Zacarias Hardy hit a 2-RBI single up the middle off Jake Sale, giving Utica its first lead of the game. Watertown responded with three runs in the home half of the inning. Josh Hassell walked with the bases loaded to bring in the tying run and a throwing error by Xavier Baez allowed Gaetano to score, giving the Rams the lead for good. An RBI fielder’s choice later in the inning made it a 6-4 game.

Despite allowing the two runs in the eighth, Jake Sale picked up the win for Watertown, his fourth of the season. Jon Escobar tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his league-leading sixth save of the year. Josh Garran took the loss for Utica, allowing three runs (one earned) in two innings of work.

Elmira 7 Newark 4

The Elmira Pioneers defeated the Newark Pilots on Sunday, 7-4, to stay in first place in the West Division. Elmira is now 16-11 on the season, while Newark drops to 14-13.

The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Christian Santisteban RBI double. The Pioneers big inning came in the third inning when they scored five runs. TJ Dixon had an RBI single, Nick Walker hit a sacrifice fly, Santisteban and Zach Bellinger had RBI singles and Taylor Skerpon brought in a run with an RBI fielder’s choice. Newark made it 6-2 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Austin Clock and a Wyatt Padgett RBI fielder’s choice.

TJ Dixon hit his second RBI single of the game in the home half of the inning to make it a 7-2 game. The Pilots rallied in the ninth, scoring two runs on a Luis Silverio single to make it 7-4, but Elmira held on to win.

Sam Sinnen went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs (both earned) as he picked up the win for the home team. Robert Robbins allowed six runs in three innings of work in taking the loss.

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