On Friday, June 22, The Chatham Anglers (5-2) are back on the road against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (4-3) at 5 p.m. Friday's game will mark only the third time that Chatham has faced an Eastern Division opponent this season. Coming off a 9-3 win on Thursday night against the Bourne Braves (2-5), the Anglers are beginning to hit their stride in all aspects of the game.
"We've done some great work in practice lately," said manager John Schiffner
. "Coaches Pat McGee and Derek Sullivan have done a lot of work with the guys on off-set hitting lately and it's really paid off. I'm so proud of our guys."
Right-hander Kurt Schluter
(0-1, 1.80 ERA) (Stetson) will be on the bump for the Anglers on Friday. Schluter was highly effective in his first start of the season, conceding just one run on six hits in five innings of work. The lanky righty will look for some more run support as he tries to neutralize a Red Sox lineup with a .321 team batting average and 40 runs scored through the first seven games.
Yarmouth-Dennis will send right-hander Rick Knapp
(0-0, 1.80 ERA) (Florida Gulf Coast) to the mound against Chatham. Knapp received a no-decision in his first start of the season, giving up one run, six hits and recording two strikeouts in five innings. The Red Sox will look to Knapp to deliver another strong outing for a staff that has a 2.24 team ERA this season.
At the plate, the Anglers will look to build off Thursday night's twelve-hit performance against the Braves. Chatham's team batting average has now climbed up to .229 in the young season and the team is really starting to hit as a unit. If the Anglers can continue to follow the coaching staff's philosophy of hitting to the opposite field, Chatham could have another highly productive evening swinging the bat.
Defensively, the Anglers will need to make the most of their chances in the field. Facing a formidable Red Sox offense that already has seven home runs, Chatham cannot afford to give Yarmouth-Dennis extra outs. If the Anglers can help protect their pitchers, Chatham could avoid a big inning against the Red Sox.
In short, Friday night's game will be decided by which team can impose their will on the other on offense and defense. Despite their different records, the Red Sox match up extremely well against Chatham. If the Anglers can begin the early innings with a great sense of urgency, John Schiffner and his team could find themselves on the brink of another winning streak.
For live coverage of Friday's game, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame show with broadcasters Brandon Liebhaber and Chris Fitzgerald at 4:40 p.m. at TRZ Teamline