On Saturday night, the Chatham Anglers (13-11) are back at Veterans Field to battle the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (8-16). The season series is split, with the Anglers taking the first game 4-3 on June 17 and Hyannis winning the second 8-4 on July 2. Following back-to-back off-days, Chatham has won consecutive games and has given up only two earned runs during this period.
"We've really come together as a team lately and it's showing on the field right now," said Michigan State catcher John Martinez
Martinez played a crucial role in the Anglers' 4-2 victory over Harwich on Friday night, going 1 for 4 with a two-run home run and calling a game behind the dish that featured 18 strikeouts, the second of the season for Chatham. Offensively, the Auburn Hills, MI native is now second on the team with three home runs and third in RBI with 11.
For the Anglers, Maine's Thomas Lawrence
(1-0, 0.68 ERA) will be on the bump. The five-foot ten right-hander earned his first victory of the season in his first start of the season against Brewster on July 5. Lawrence allowed six hits in six and a third scoreless innings and struck out five batters. In six appearances, the West Haven, CT native has surrendered just one earned run. Lawrence will face a Hyannis lineup that has scored 132 runs this season and is batting .253 collectively.
The Harbor Hawks will send North Carolina Charlotte's Tyler Barnette
(1-1, 5.52 ERA) to the hill against the Anglers. Barnette was given a no-decision in his last start against Cotuit on July 8, conceding four runs on two hits in one third of an inning. The six-foot three sophomore from Hickory, NC earned his only win of the season against Chatham on July 2, giving up three earned runs on six hits in five and a third innings and fanning five batters.
As of Saturday, Virginia Tech third baseman and designated hitter Chad Pinder
is second in the Cape League in RBI with 21 and Louisville center fielder Adam Engel
is tied with Cotuit's Jacob May
(Coastal Carolina) for the lead in stolen bases with 12. The Anglers still have the league lead in walks with 94. With the recent back-to-back victories, Chatham's team ERA is 3.64, second to Orleans' leading mark of 3.18. Pitching coach Scott Winterburn's
staff has also given up the fewest home runs in the Cape League with 12.
For live coverage, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:40 p.m. with broadcasters Chris Fitzgerald and Brandon Liebhaber at TRZ Teamline