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Mohawks Rally for Opening Night Victory in Final Week of Season

By: Brandon Hillier
The Amsterdam Mohawks started todays game in an awkward spot, down 2-0 without a pitch being thrown at Shuttleworth Park. The game between the Utica Brewers and the Mohawks was a continuation of a game that started way back on June 6, opening day in Amsterdam. Amsterdam came back with a huge five-run fifth inning to take the game 8-3.
For Amsterdam, Devin Wenzel (Cincinnati) had a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning and finished the completed game 2-4 with those three RBIs. Jeremy Soule (Fairfield) started on the mound today, in a relief role, and pitched three shutout innings allowing only one hit while striking out two and walking none. Brian Ruby (Binghampton) went 2-4 with a run scored as well. 
Utica's centerfielder Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) came across as the only run for the Brewers in the sixth innings, socking a solo homerun over the left field monster. Brewer's relief pitcher Matt D'Angelo (Rockhurst) came on with two outs in the sixth and pitched two and one-third innings of perfect baseball including one strikeout.
Amsterdam struck first in the continuation in the bottom of the second after Brian Ruby doubled and came around to score on a Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) sacrifice fly ball to center. Utica's starting relief pitcher today, Hunter McIntosh (Alabama State) couldn't hit the strike zone in the fifth, walking four consecutive batters. Amsterdam tied the game at 2-2 then took the lead when Wenzel hit a hard ground ball to third base. Matt Hendricks (Rollins) couldn't handle the ball and knock it to the fence in foul territory. Five runs came in to score in the fifth and Amsterdam took the lead at 6-2.
Jay Gonzalez hit his home run in the top of the sixth off of Amsterdam's new relief pitcher Zach Breen (Schenectady County CC). That would be the only run given up by four Mohawks relief pitchers. 
Amsterdam plated two more runs in the sixth with a throwing error by Utica and an Ed Charlton RBI double.

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