A's Blanked Again
by Brian Clark
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Chatham's offensive woes continued, as they were shut out Tuesday by the Y-D Red Sox, 3-0 at Red Wilson Field. It was the second straight shutout for the A's, who now fall to 15-19 on the season. Kyle Blair, making his first start of the summer, was impressive through the first two innings. He needed just six pitches to retire the side in the first, and struck out the side in order in the second. However in the third, DeAngelo Mack led off the inning with a walk, and scored on the very next pitch, a double off the bat of Andy Wilkins. Wilkins would score an unearned run due to a Victor Sanchez error. Y-D scored their third an inning later, as Josh Rutledge scored on a double from Mack.
As it turned out, the other two runs weren't even necessary. Red Sox pitcher Tyler Waldron (U. of the Pacific), pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits as he earned his first win of the season. He gave way to Baylor's Sean Tolleson, who gave up just one hit in the eighth, followed by Dean Weaver of Georgia, who got the side in order in the ninth to record his first save of the summer. Blair lasted four innings in his debut, giving up three hits and two earned runs. He struck out seven and walked two.
The A's are idle on Wednesday, their first day off since the July 8th. They'll return to Veterans Field Thursday, as they host the Cotuit Kettleers at 7 PM. Justin Marks will take the mound for the A's. Coverage on chathamas.com begins with the A's Extra Pregame Show at 6:40