On Sunday night, the Chatham Anglers (11-9) return to Veterans Field to take on the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (10-10). Chatham has won three of its last five games and has 22 points in the Eastern Division. The Red Sox are 5-5 in their last ten games and have 20 points on the season. In the three games between the two teams this season, the Anglers have a 2-1 series lead, winning the first two games on June 16 and June 22 by a score of 9-2 and falling 12-2 on July 1. While the first three games between these two teams have been heavily lopsided, manager John Schiffner
expects a much closer contest.
"Today is going to be a totally different game," he said. "We were in transition and so were they during those first three games. Everybody's rotation is pretty much set now. I expect a great ball game from both teams."
Boston College's Eric Stevens
(1-2, 5.40 ERA) will make his third start of the season for Chatham. The Pompton Lakes, NJ native received a loss in his last start against Hyannis on July 2, giving up two earned runs on three hits in four innings of work and hitting three batters. Following his sizzling debut where he allowed one hit in six innings, the six-foot five right-hander has had difficulty of late finding the strike zone. Stevens will face a Yarmouth-Dennis team that has scored 126 runs this season and is batting a collective .320.
Stanford's Spenser Linney
(0-0, 1.93 ERA) will take the rubber for the Red Sox on Sunday. Linney has made four appearances out of the bullpen for Y-D this season, his most recent against Falmouth on June 30, where he allowed one earned run on one hit in one and two thirds innings of work. The left-hander has allowed only two hits in his four and two thirds innings of work and has recorded three strike outs. Of Y-D's active roster, Linney has the third lowest ERA for a staff that gives up an average of 4.26 runs per game, fifth best in the league.
Over the last five games, the Anglers have been playing their best baseball of the young season. In this span, Chatham has scored 27 runs on 40 hits and has committed three errors. With an RBI single in Saturday night's 4-3 loss at Harwich, Virginia Tech third baseman and designated hitter Chad Pinder
increased his league leading total to 21. After no stolen bases in his last five games, Lousiville center fielder Adam Engel
is now tied with Cotuit's Tony Kemp
(Vanderbilt) for the Cape League lead with 11. Although his five-game hitting streak ended in Harwich on Saturday, California catcher, first baseman and designated hitter Andrew Knapp
is tied with Pepperdine outfielder and pitcher Aaron Brown
for the team lead in batting average, hitting .275.
For live coverage of Sunday's game, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:40 p.m. with broadcasters Chris Fitzgerald and Brandon Liebhaber at TRZ Teamline