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Hyannis Rolls Past Chatham 8-4

by George Barclay
Monday, July 02, 2012

Hyannis Rolls Past Chatham 8-4
On Monday night, the Hyannis Harbor Hawks defeated the Chatham Anglers 8-4. In a sloppy game where both teams struggled to maintain their momentum, the Anglers (8-7) could not get past a Hyannis team that kept scoring runs as the game progressed.

"I'm very disappointed in my team's defense and in some of our pitchers," said manager John Schiffner. "They just didn't get the job done. We gave away too many free bases tonight. We can't do that. We need to make the other team earn their way on base."

Box Score

Game 15: Hyannis 8, Chatham 4

Boston College right-hander Eric Stevens (1-2, 5.40 ERA) was given the loss for the Anglers. Stevens surrendered two earned runs on three hits in four innings of work and struck out four batters. The six-foot five right-hander had difficulty finding the plate towards the end of his outing, hitting three consecutive batters before getting pulled from the game.

"I wish I could figure out what happened," said Schiffner. "Eric was mowing guys down in the first four innings. Then he hit three guys in a row in the top of the fifth inning. But, that's baseball. I can't explain it. My master's degree in psychology is coming up empty right now."

Stevens was given little help from Chatham's bullpen, which allowed three earned runs in five innings. While left-hander Aaron Brown (0-0, 3.00 ERA) (Pepperdine) and right-hander Tommy Lawrence (0-0, 1.29 ERA) (Maine) combined for six strikeouts, the duo also conceded five hits and walked three batters.

Tyler Barnette (1-1, 3.14 ERA) earned the win for Hyannis (3-12). The University of North Carolina at Charlotte right-hander gave up three runs on six hits and struck out five batters in five and a third innings. The Harbor Hawks' bullpen provided Barnette with plenty of support and let in one run in three and two thirds innings pitched.

Hyannis notched eight hits on the night and scored half of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Harbor Hawks were led offensively by shortstop Brandon Trinkwon (UC Santa Barbara) and catcher Mitchell Garver (New Mexico). Trinkwon went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI and Garver went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI. Monday's victory marks the Hawks' second highest run total this season next to a 9-6 win over Harwich on June 30.

While Hyannis knocked runs across the plate in key spots, Chatham totaled seven hits and left seven men on base. The Anglers were led at the plate by Virginia Tech third baseman Chad Pinder who went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and a home run. Pinder continues to be the Anglers' offensive linchpin, leading the team with a .294 batting average and leading the Cape League with 16 RBI.

"Chad is just a flat out baseball player. What he can do on the field often goes unnoticed in the box score," said Schiffner. "He's totally dedicated to the game and to the team. He's fun to watch and I hope what he's doing starts to rub off on some of the other guys."

Of all the plays that hurt Chatham on Monday night, errors were the most costly. The Anglers committed three errors, which led to three unearned runs.

"It's getting to be a tough point in the summer," said Schiffner. "We're in the middle of a tight schedule with twelve games in a row. People are a little tired. The guys need to understand that this is what they need to do to get better as players. They are going to face this kind of a schedule in pro ball. In college ball, they have a couple of days off after every weekend. We haven't had a day off in quite some time. It's a whole different make-up out here."

The Anglers will continue their grueling schedule on Tuesday night against the Orleans Firebirds (12-3) at Veterans Field in the first of three two-game series this season.

"It's always fun to play Orleans," said Schiffner. "You always throw out the records because there's a bit of a rivalry here. We look forward to the game."

Tuesday's game will also mark a return to Veterans Field for Robert Woodard (Chatham '04-'06), who is now the pitching coach for the Firebirds. A crafty control pitcher who mastered the art of changing speeds and eye levels, Woodard made quite a name for himself both on the mound at Veterans Field and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds the all-time record for wins with 34.

"Robert who'," said Schiffner, while trying to hold back some laughter. "We don't talk about Robert anymore, he's with Orleans now. We'll talk to Robert at the end of August."

For live coverage of Tuesday's game, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:40 p.m. with broadcasters Chris Fitzgerald and Brandon Liebhaber at TRZ Teamline.