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Chatham Faces Falmouth in Another East-West Matchup

by George Barclay, 06-19-2012

Chatham Faces Falmouth in Another East-West Matchup Heading into their sixth game of the season, the Chatham Anglers (4-1) have won three games in a row. On Tuesday night, the Anglers will try to extend their winning streak to four games against the Falmouth Commodores (3-2) at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field. Tuesday's contest marks Chatham's fourth game against a Western Division opponent in the young season.

Right-hander Michael Wagner (0-0) (San Diego) will take the rubber for Chatham. In 2012, Wagner went 5-2 for the Toreros with a 2.58 ERA, 53 strikeouts and 19 saves. An extremely versatile pitcher, Wagner can start or come out of the bullpen. Wagner will try to shut down a pesky Commodore lineup that has a .259 team batting average this season.

"Michael throws a low-90s fastball. That's his best pitch. He's got great plate-side command of it," said pitching coach Scott Winterburn, who is now in his second year with the team. "He's also got a very good change-up and a good slider to go along with it. It's pretty clear why he had 19 saves. He started a couple of games for San Diego late in the season, so he's come here in great shape. We're going to give him his first start tonight."

Falmouth will send right-hander Troy Scribner (Sacred Heart) to the mound against the Anglers. Scribner had a 7-6 record for the Pioneers to go with a 4.62 ERA and 66 strikeouts. The Commodores will look to Scribner to provide another solid outing for a staff that has a 2.51 ERA so far this season.

Chatham will look to stay aggressive at the plate on Tuesday night against Falmouth. Despite a .211 team batting average, the Anglers have scored 24 runs this season and have eight doubles.

"When the guys get here, there's an adjustment that they have to make to the pitchers and the wood-bat league," said assistant coach Pat McGee, who is now in his seventh year with the team. "Our guys have done a great job of executing with runners in scoring position and with two outs. That's reflected in our run total."

In the last two games, the Anglers have displayed excellent mechanics in their swings and have kept their hands inside the baseball.

"Being inside the baseball has allowed our hitters to be more selective and has been a key contributor to our success," said McGee.

With regard to play in the field, Chatham will hope for more help from its defense. The Anglers benefited from a series of fielding and relay drills on Monday afternoon and committed no errors in the game that evening against Brewster. In particular, the team's communication has been superb, especially on fly balls and pop outs.

Ultimately, Tuesday's game will be decided by whichever team makes fewer mistakes. On paper, Falmouth is Chatham's most formidable opponent this season. In order to leave Veterans Field with a win, the Anglers will need a top-notch effort in all aspects of the game.

For live coverage of Tuesday's game, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame show with broadcasters Brandon Liebhaber and Chris Fitzgerald at 6:40 p.m. at TRZ Teamline.



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