Anglers Rout Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 9-2 in Second Home Game
by George Barclay Saturday, June 16, 2012
One day can make a gigantic difference. Just twenty-four hours after totaling four hits, the Chatham Anglers (2-1) put on an offensive exhibition against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (1-2) on Saturday, June 16 at Veterans Field. The Anglers racked up 10 hits on the night and drew three walks against a savvy Red Sox pitching staff that had only given up four earned runs coming into the contest.
"Our guys made some adjustments at the plate," said manager John Schiffner. "Pat McGee, our hitting coach, was on them during early hitting and during batting practice and they responded. We're very pleased. It's nice to come back from a game where we really down and get a win. That's very good. I'm proud of the kids."
Right-hander John Soldinger (1-0) (Manhattan) earned the win for the Anglers. Soldinger threw five scoreless innings, gave up three hits, walked three batters and struck out one.
Michael Fransoso (Maine) high fives teammates after Saturday's 9-2 victory.
"That's the way John's thrown for years at Manhattan," said Schiffner. "He's a bulldog. He just goes out and pitches. He walked three guys tonight and didn't let it get to him. He was also able to bear down when he needed to."
Left-hander Scott Squier (0-1) (Hawaii) suffered the loss for the Red Sox. Squier threw just three innings, gave up six hits and allowed eight runs, only four of which were earned. The southpaw received little help from his offense early in the game and struggled with his command before being pulled. Yarmouth-Dennis' defense was also a hindrance to Squier, committing two errors that led to four unearned runs. Yarmouth-Dennis committed another error in the bottom of the fourth inning, a costly play that led to one more unearned run.
While the Red Sox bullpen did not allow any earned runs in five innings of relief, the team's offense was stagnant for most of the evening, tacking on just five hits. Yarmouth-Dennis' only offensive output on the night came from a two-run single by first basemen Jake Schrader (Tampa) in the sixth inning. Although the Red Sox only struck out five times against Chatham, they could not get past a sturdy Angler defense that committed no errors on the night and turned three double plays.
At the plate, the opposite was true for the Anglers, who took advantage of multiple miscues through a series of timely hits. Unlike the two previous games, Chatham struck first and scored all of its runs in the early innings. First basemen Andrew Knapp (California) started the barrage for the Anglers with a solo home run in the top of the first. Chatham would cross the plate two more times in the bottom of the second inning after catcher John Martinez (Michigan State) hit an RBI single into left field, scoring a runner from second base and third basemen Chad Pinder (Virginia Tech) worked a walk with the bases loaded. The biggest inning for the Anglers came in the bottom of the third when left fielder Aaron Brown (Pepperdine) smoked a two-run double to right center. Brown eventually scored on a passed ball and later on, Pinder ripped a two-run single to right field. In the bottom of the fourth, Brown produced Chatham's final run with an RBI single to right field.
One of the Anglers' best hitters in the early on, Brown stole the show offensively, going 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI. Just three games into the season, Brown already has three doubles and is hitting a scorching .667.
"I'm just looking for good pitches to hit out over the plate," he said. "I'm not trying to do too much. I'm just trying to put a good swing on the ball and get the guys in to score."
Continuing a trend from the previous two games, Chatham's bullpen was highly effective, giving up a mere two hits over four innings and allowing two runs. Most impressive in relief for the Anglers was right-hander Michael Wagner (San Diego). In one scoreless inning of work, Wagner struck out two batters and lit up the radar gun for a small group of scouts who battled through the cold just to see the youngster pitch.
"Michael's been a closer and he knows how to shut the door. That's exactly what he did tonight," said Schiffner. "He's going to do some starting for us in the future. We're very glad he's here."
With a road game coming up on Sunday evening, Schiffner now faces the task of preparing his players for an entirely different game. After the game, the manager spoke with his team about keeping a level head and moving on to the next opponent.
"I told my players that even though they're pretty up tonight, they can't expect Hyannis to read the paper and be afraid," he said. "They (Hyannis) are going to want to beat us and we can't sit back and rest on what we did tonight."
Chatham will continue its rigorous schedule on Sunday, June 17 when the Anglers take on the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at McKeon Park. Broadcasters Chris Fitzgerald and Brandon Liebhaber will provide coverage starting at 6:40 p.m. with the Anglers Extra Pregame Show. Listen live at TRZ Teamline or call 1-800-846-4700, code 3841.