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A's Sweep Home-and-Home

by Brian Clark
Saturday, July 19, 2008

A's Sweep Home-and-Home
Wins on Friday and Saturday over the Brewster Whitecaps ended a three game slide and brought Chatham's record to 15-16. The two Chatham wins were similar in fashion, with effective pitching supported by solid hitting. Perhaps a key to the success was an adjustment at the top of the order. For Friday's game, John Schiffner opted to bat Cory Olson leadoff, followed by Kyle Seager, with the league's leader in batting, Grant Green, moving to third. The move paid immediate dividends, as Green doubled in a run in the third inning, before adding a two run homer, his fifth of the season, in the bottom of the fifth. The bottom of the fifth was key for the A's, as they scored four runs to come back from a 5-2 deficit. The four run inning came just as Adam Warren departed for Chatham, but he had a lead. Joe Serafin threw three very solid innings of relief, before a new closer came in. Since Brad Boxberger pitched the night before, Matt Harvey was summoned from the bullpen to nail it down. He put two runners on base before he struck out Jason Nappi, earning his first save, getting Adam Warren his second win as an A, and snapping a 3 game losing streak.

Before Satuday's game at Stony Brook field, the A's got some good news, as four players were selected to the Eastern Division All-Star team. The All Star Game, Saturday the 26th at Veterans Field, will see Grant Green start at shortstop for the East, with Cory Olson coming off the bench. Selected to the pitching staff were Sammy Solis and Brad Boxberger. Green and Boxberger's USC teammate, Kevin Couture, was the starter for Saturday's game, as he looked to rebound from a poor outing a week ago against Wareham. He got off to a rocky start, giving up two runs in the first on a Connor Powers base hit. As it did the night before, the Chatham offense went right to work. With the bases loaded, leadoff man Cory Olson flew to right, scoring Evan Ocheltree. Kyle Seager followed with a double that plated Kyle Bellows, and Chathan had tied the game.

Ryan Wheeler led off the fourth with a home run for Brewster, and the Whitecaps had retaken the lead. The game stayed at that score until the sixth, when the bottom of the Chatham lineup came up again. Victor Sanchez led with a walk, and Evan Ocheltree ripped a ground rule double. Gregg Glime was hit by a pitch with one out, and a bases loaded walk to Corey Overholtzer scored Chatham's first run. The new-look top of the order came through, as Cory Olson drove in one run, Kyle Seager sacrificed in another, and Grant Green drove in the fourth.

The A's added two more in the seventh, on an RBI double from Kyle Bellows, and an RBI single from Corey Overholtzer. In the eighth, Victor Sanchez capped the scoring with a two run home run to left, his fifth on the season. Jeff Lorick pitched for the final time this season in the bottom of the eighth, retiring the Whitecaps in order. That would prove to be the end of the game, as the ninth inning was called due to darkness.

The 10-3 win for Chatham was their fifth over Brewster in as many chances. The A's can bring their record back to .500 tomorrow against the first place Orleans Cardinals at Veterans Field. Gametime is 7 PM with the A's Extra Pregame Show beginning at 6:40 on chathamas.com