The Anglers' bats were silenced Sunday evening, as the Cotuit Kettleers came to Veterans Field and beat the hometown team 6-0.
Keenan Kish (Florida) was the starting pitcher for Cotuit, but his replacement, reliever Alex Keudell (Oregon) was even more dominant. He racked up seven strikeouts while only giving up two hits in 4.2 innings of work.
The highlight for the Anglers at the plate was a second inning Kris Bryant (San Diego) double, which would be Chatham's only extra base hit of the game. At the time, Bryant's two-bagger put runners on second and third base with two outs. Both were stranded on a Matt Roberts (UNC) strikeout.
In total, ten runners were left on base by Chatham. Keudell, the Oregon hurler, was particularly devastating. He came in to a one out bases loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth, and blew Roberts and Pat Blair (Wake Forest) away with a nasty collection of offspeed pitches.
Anglers' manager John Schiffner was awed by Keudell's repertoire. In the skipper's own words, he "threw the kitchen sink" at Chatham's hitters.
"He just threw all kinds of breaking and offspeed stuff; we just couldn't time it," lamented Schiffner. "And when you think you got him, he threw the fastball, which was only 87 miles-per-hour, but his fastball probably looked like 95 [mph]. He did a great job."
For his masterful effort, Keudell earned the win, improving to 2-2 on the season.
Despite getting the loss, Chris Munnelly (UNC) gave Chatham six strong innings of work. The Tar Heel only relinquished two hits, but three walks came back to haunt him as two eventually crossed the plate.
One free pass, handed out to Mike Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt), turned into the game's first run when the Cotuit right fielder tagged up and scored from third base on an RBI sac fly by Micah Johnson (Indiania) in the top of the fifth inning.
The other base on balls that came home to roost was Deven Marrero (Arizona State), who reached after being hit in the hand by a Munnelly fastball. Marrero, who will be participating in the CCBL All-Star Game, trotted home after Alex Yarbrough (Ole Miss) launched a home run to left field. Chatham's left fielder Darrell Matthews (CAL) crashed into the fence in an attempt to rob the homer, but Cotuit had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth.
Then, in the top of the eighth, the Anglers became seriously unraveled. Reliever Trae Davis (Baylor) loaded the bases with one out, and was then replaced by lefty Chad Gallagher (Marist).
Mike Yastrzemski continued to make his grandfather, Captain Carl Yastrzemski, proud. He drove in a run with a single, followed by a Thorsten Boss (Michigan State) two-RBI base knock, making the score 6-0.
The top of the ninth inning gave Chatham something to hang its collective hat on. In a game that lacked redeeming qualities, Harry Marino (Williams) was brilliant in his inning of relief, again.
Saturday at Y-D, the NESCAC standout worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning. On Sunday, he sat down Cotuit's number 3-5 hitters in ten pitches, highlighted by a strikeout of the CCBL's most feared hitter, Victor Roache (Georgia Southern).
Schiffner did not overlook Marino's last two appearances.
"Six up, six down. He has really worked hard with [pitching coach] Scott [Winterburn] in the pen," said Schiffner. "He's worked on the breaking pitch, throwing it for strikes, and his velocity has been very good. I am really happy for him."
The middle game in the Anglers' current three-game home stand will be against Bourne, Monday night at 7 p.m. ET. It will mark the 16th consecutive game in a grueling 18 game stretch that is set to end with an off day on Thursday, prior to Friday's CCBL All-Star Game at Fenway Park.