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Coming off the All-Star break and with eight games left in the regular season, Chatham (11-18-7) and Orleans (13-19-4) will play the last of their regular-season matchups with each other at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Eldredge Park.
Roman Kimball (Notre Dame) is expected to start for the Anglers. Through just two starts and three appearances, Kimball has emerged as one of Chatham's go-to arms. The right-hander has allowed three hits and struck out 19 batters over 12 scoreless innings.
'He's got electric stuff,' former pitching coach Jay Powell said. 'He's a back-end-of-the-bullpen, major league-quality guy ' he really is. He's got a really high spin rate fastball that really jumps.'
Patrick Reilly will get the ball for Orleans coming off his best start of the season. The right-hander out of Vanderbilt allowed one run on one hit and two walks over five innings his last time on the mound, lowering his ERA to 4.86. Reilly surrendered three runs over 4.2 innings in the Firebirds' 7-1 loss to Chatham on July 4.
Guy Garibay Jr. (Rice) put together the best week of any Chatham hitter this season heading into the All-Star break. Over his past six games, Garibay has tallied four extra-base hits and nine RBIs while hitting .389.
Roc Riggio (Oklahoma State) enters Monday's contest on a nine-game hitting streak over which he's batting .353. Riggio has reached safely in each of his past 13 games and has logged 12 RBIs over the span.
Garret Guillemette has recorded a hit in each of his past two games, going 1 for 4 with a double against Harwich and reaching on a single against Chatham. He's hit .219 this season while belting two home runs.
Luke Keaschall leads the Firebirds in hits and RBIs. He's batting .269 on the season despite logging just one hit in his past 14 at-bats. Keaschall went 1 for 3 with a walk, stolen base and a run in the All-Star Game.
The Anglers are one point behind fourth-place Orleans in the East Division, meaning Chatham could move into a playoff spot with a win Monday. Alternatively, Chatham faces third-place Harwich, which stands three points ahead of the Anglers, twice in the last three games of the regular season.
Chatham beat Orleans 6-3 on Thursday at Veterans Field. In the bottom of the third, Garibay lifted a two-run home run to right field for the Anglers' first runs against Donye Evans this season. Chatham's offense continued to roll, plating three runs in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth. Lyle Miller-Green (Chipola) drove in two runs while going 1 for 4, and Johnny Castagnozzi (North Carolina) went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Owen Stevenson (San Francisco) allowed two runs over five innings before handing the ball to Brian Holiday (Florida SouthWestern) and Ben Hampton (West Virginia) to finish the game for the Anglers.