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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Gamer: Phillies tricked by Amsterdam, 4-1 on road

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Gamer: Phillies tricked by Amsterdam, 4-1 on road

Two home runs costly for Phillies
AMSTERDAM – It was cruel joke for Saratoga Phillies starting pitcher Miles Mikolas on Friday the 13th against the Amsterdam Mohawks at Shuttleworth Park.

With ghosts, goblins, princesses and monsters dressed up for the Mohawks Halloween Night celebration, the Nova Southeastern right-hander had his second strong outing, only to suffer the loss courtesy of home runs by the opposition as the Phillies lost 4-1 on the road Friday night.

Mikolas was tricked by Amsterdam’s Brendan Rowland (UAlbany) in the second inning for a solo home run over the 16-foot high, short left field fence and again in the fourth by Mark Onorati (Manhattan College) over the same obstruction.

“I made two mistakes with a short porch,” Mikolas said. “The ball ran back across the plate, not the spot I wanted it to be.”

Mikolas missed his spot on just two occasions, pitching seven strong innings, allowing three hits, walking two batters while striking out five.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander was saddled with his second loss of the summer collegiate baseball season. He gave up a 7-2 final decision last Sunday at Glens Falls. During his 5 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs, only one of them earned on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout.

Still he found solace in the loss.

“My breaking ball was a lot better today,” Mikolas said. “I tried to pound it inside the zone and I made two mistakes.
“The bats weren’t there, but we have great hitters,” Mikolas said. “It’s a tough loss, but you have to take it in stride.”

The Phillies looked prepared to steal all the candy from the Mohawks Friday night, scoring in the second after Tyler Biddix (Virginia) reached on a one-out error and came around to score on a wild pitch after advancing on a single by Kyle Meyer (Marist) and a groundout by Vince Farfaglia (Francis Marion).

Amsterdam’s Rowland blasted the Mikolas offering over the pseudo “White Monster”, fence adorned with white advertisement in the second and Onarati hit his round tripper in the fourth.

With the game still in reach, the Mohawks decided to fill Oklahoma State right-hander Tyler McKinney’s Halloween bag with a bunch of rocks. The 6-foot-6 Cowboy gave up two runs in the eighth inning. He walked Amsterdam’s Bryce Nugent only to see Ricky Pacione drill a triple to the gap in right center. Pacione would score after Chris Bisson chopped the ball back through the box, McKinney reached out and it tipped off his glove over to first baseman Biddix who missed the tag of the runner. Bisson was called out for running out of the base path.

While the Phillies failed to manufacture runs, they didn’t disappoint on the field where both opposing shortstops got a workout, including Chris Buss (Old Dominion) involved in 10 outs on the night despite tweaking his knee during batting practice.
“I twisted my knee, I think I caught it on the artificial turf mat,” Buss said. “I was playing with a bum right leg.”

Like his starting pitcher, he’s confident that the Phillies can put a win streak together.

“Our infield is solid, it just a matter of time,” Buss said. “When our bats come around we have all the pieces to take off with this.”

Saratoga skipper Kevin Graber needs his collegiate batters to be more patient deep into their counts.

“Our two strike hitting isn’t good,” Graber said. “We’ve been working on that, talking about that. We need to look at those curve balls and off-speed pitches tomorrow in batting practice.”

He was also disappointed for his starter.

“Miles pitched a great game,” Graber said. “He pitched well. He’s disappointed that we didn’t win, but he shouldn’t be disappointed about the way he pitched.”

Saratoga travels to the Green Mountain State today for an early afternoon doubleheader against the Bennington Bombers, part of a rescheduled contest from their season opener that was rained out last week.

Amsterdam 4, Saratoga 1
Saratoga 010 000 000 -- 1 6 0
Amsterdam 010 100 00X -- 4 5 1

Saratoga Phillies AB R H BI
Jordan Wormsley cf 3 0 0 0
Larry Pempek c 4 0 1 0
J.D. Martinez lf 3 0 2 0
Chris Buss ss 4 0 0 0
David Coleman rf 4 0 1 0
Tyler Biddix 1b 4 1 0 0
Kyle Meyer 2b 3 0 1 0
Vince Farfaglia dh 3 0 1 0
Dale Alberto 3b 2 0 0 0
Nate Holland ph 1 0 0 0
Greg Annarummo 3b 0 0 0 0
Miles Mikolas p 0 0 0 0
Tyler McKinney 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 1 6 0

Amsterdam AB R H BI
Chris Bisson 3b 4 0 0 1
Mark Onarati cf 4 1 3 2
Spencer Korus 1b 3 0 0 0
Mike Spina 3b 2 0 0 0
Brendan Rowland rf 3 1 1 1
Cody Reine lf 3 0 0 0
Jay Morris dh 3 0 0 0
Bryce Nugent c 1 1 0 0
Ricky Pacione 2b 3 1 1 1
Dan Forman p 0 0 0 0
Luke Nellis p 0 0 0 0
Ben Alsup 0 0 0 0
Totals 26 4 5 5

Pitching IP R ER H BB K
Sararatoga Miles Mikolas L 0-2 7 2 2 3 2 5
Taylor McKinney 1 2 2 2 1 0

Amsterdam Dan Forman W 2-0 7 1 0 5 0 5
Luke Nellis 1 0 0 0 1 2
Ben Alsup 1 0 0 1 1 2
3B -- Pacione. HR -- Rowland, Onarati. SB -- Wormsley, Bisson, Onarati 2. CS -- Bisson.

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