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0-2 Day Deals Blow To A's Playoff Hopes

by Brian Clark, 08-05-2008

With games against Harwich and Cotuit on Monday, Chatham had a chance to move into a second place tie with Harwich and Brewster if they could win both. Instead, the A's found themselves in last place following two disappointing losses.

The afternoon affair, a makeup of a fogged-out game from Thursday, saw Sammy Solis start for Chatham against Brandon Belt of Texas. Belt, normally an outfielder, did everything for the Mariners. On the mound, he threw five innings, not allowing a hit until a Joe Mercurio single in the third. Belt made up for the blemish on his pitching record at the plate, as he singled in Tommy Medica in the bottom of the inning. Belt would be heard from in a big way in the fifth inning. He tripled off the rightfield wall, scoring Andrew Giobbi. Belt came around to score as the next batter, Joseph Sanders, singled. Belt was the final run for Harwich. It appeared as if the A's would possibly mount a comeback in the sixth, as Gregg Glime singled, moved up on a Corey Overholtzer single, and later scored on a base hit from Kyle Seager.

That would be it for the A's, as they dropped a brisk affair 4-1. The game took just two hours and nine minutes. Unfortunately, as the A's came back to Chatham for a date with the Cotuit Kettleers, the quick first game would be of no assistance. Matt Zoltak started for Chatham, and continued his strong performances down the stretch. Cotuit finally got to him in the top of the fifth. Robert Stock singled with one out, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw, and took third on a passed ball. That allowed him to score on a bunt single from Brett Jackson.

The lead grew the following inning as Joey Lewis led off with a single, took second on a sacrifice, and scored on Evan Crawford's single. Down 2-0, the A's rallied in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Gregg Glime started the rally with a single, and scored on Kyle Seager's double. Seager then scored on a Joe Mercurio single, and the game was tied at two. Zoltak worked a perfect seventh, before handing it over to the normally reliable Carmine Giardina in the eighth. Carmine got the first two outs before he walked Evan Crawford. Dallas Poulk then doubled, scoring the go-ahead run in Crawford. Poulk took third as Dave Hale overran the ball in center, and scored on a wild pitch.

Leading 4-2, Cotuit's winning pitcher, Zach Von Tersch sat the side down in order in the bottom of the eighth, before Daniel Wolford entered for the ninth inning. Wolford pitched to four batters, with only Gabe Cohen reaching base on a two out single. Wolford then struck out Hale to end the game, and leave Chatham in last place with 36 points, six behind second place Harwich.

With their playoff hopes slim, Chatham head to Hyannis Tuesday for a 7 PM affair with the Mets. The 2-0 Adam Warren starts for Chatham. Live coverage begins at 6:40 with the A's Extra Pregame Show.



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