Sinnen Delivers Eight Strong Innings in 3-0 Win
By: Doug PageMonday, August 6, 2012 | Categories:
Elmira, NY- Sam Sinnen (Old Dominion) had the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane on Thursday night as his brother Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) got the start behind the plate for the Pioneers. Kurt made his way to Elmira Wednesday night and quickly made his way into the lineup with his brother's spot in the rotation coming up. The duo would excite all 3,107 fans watching on as the Pioneers took on the PGCBL's top team in Amsterdam. Elmira would pick up their 23rd win of the summer knocking off the Mohawks 3-0 behind a three run home run from Zac Bellinger (Saint Rose).
Sinnen made his eighth start of the summer looking to pick up his fifth win in his first start against Amsterdam. The Sinnen duo showed early on that they were locked in for the Pioneers as the first six Amsterdam batters were retired in order. Joey Aiola (Marist) would pick up the first hit of the game for the Mohawks, but would be stranded at second base with SInnen getting a flyout, popup and groundball to end the 2nd inning.
Elmira would get their fans up and cheering in the 4th inning putting together a two out rally to break a scoreless tie. Nick Walker (Old Dominion) would draw his team best 27th walk of the summer to put runners on first and second for the Pioneers. Bellinger would then go to work against Amsterdam starter Connor Johnstone (Wake Forest) drilling his fifth home run of the season off the scoreboard in right centerfield to make it a 3-0 game. The home run came after it appeared Bellinger would foul out, but a dropped foul ball from first baseman Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) allowed the at-bat to see another pitch.
The three run lead would be plenty for Sam SInnen as he stayed dialed in all night long while working in and out of trouble in the top of the 4th inning. Amsterdam would load the bases in the 4th inning after working two walks and picking up an infield single. Sinnen and the Pioneers defense would stay composed however as a strike-out and a huge 6-4-3 double play would keep the Mohawks off of the scoreboard.
The Pioneers looked to add to their lead in the bottom of the 7th inning by loading the bases up. Walker would kick things off by working his 2nd walk of the game and would then move over to third base on a single from Taylor Skerpon (Penn State). Kurt Sinnen would put runners on all bases for Elmira drawing his first walk of the season but Mohawks reliever Daniel Castro (U. Albany) would get a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam. Amsterdam would fin their way onto the scoreboard in the top of the 9th inning as an RBI double from Alex DeBellis (Lynn) would make it a 3-1 game. Blake Oyler (Kentucky) would get a groundball out to Bellinger in the next at-bat to pick up his first save of the season and improve the Pioneers record to 23-17 on the season while dropping Amsterdam to 30-10.
Sam Sinnen moved to 5-3 on the season working eight scoreless innings allowing three hits and striking out nine batters. The nine strikeouts ties a single game high this season amongst Elmira pitching and is the 2nd time that Sinnen has done so after picking up 9 K's earlier this season against Newark. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) finished the game 2-for-4 with a stolen base batting in the 4th spot for the Pioneers. The Pioneers have now won four games in a row and will hit the road on Friday for a double header with the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at 5:05 p.m.
The Pioneers return to Dunn Field on Sunday, July 17th as the Glens Falls Golden Eagles make their way into town. It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams with Elmira having won two of the three games in the series. Fans will be able to get the third and final set of 2014 Elmira Pioneers trading cards courtesy of Multi Media Services in South Corning. As the Pioneers make their push towards this years playoffs don’t miss out on the chance to join in on the fun at Historic Dunn Field! Tickets can be purchased at the Pioneers front office located at the ballpark and for more information call the front office at 607-734-2690.
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