The Anglers fell 5-3 to Bourne on Tuesday night and have dropped five of their last six games. Despite multiple chances, Chatham (16-17) could not get past a Braves team that almost squandered a 5-1 lead after two innings of play. Unable to find a rhythm both at the plate and in the field, the Anglers totaled seven hits and committed three errors.
"We didn't get any situational hitting, we didn't execute, (lots of) mental errors," said manager John Schiffner
. "(There's) not much else to say."
Box Score Game 33: Bourne 5, Chatham 3
Boston College's Eric Stevens
(1-4, 7.29 ERA) suffered the loss for the Chatham, surrendering two earned runs on six hits in two innings and striking out two batters. Since his first start against Brewster on June 18, where he recorded a win, Stevens has battled control problems and has received little help from his offense. After Stevens' exit, Louisville's Dace Kime
(0-0, 5.29 ERA), UC Irvine's Jimmy Litchfield
(0-2, 5.94 ERA) and Southern New Hampshire's Alex Powers
(0-0, 1.04 ERA) combined for seven scoreless innings of relief. Kime fanned five batters in four and a third innings, Litchfield allowed two hits in two innings and Powers issued one walk in two thirds of an inning.
"Dace looked good. He kept us in the game," said Schiffner. "The pen's really been doing very well for us. We've got to do more offensively. We can't make our pitchers pitch perfect."
Ohio State's Jaron Long
(2-0, 4.15 ERA) was credited with the win for Bourne (13-19), allowing three earned runs on seven hits in five innings and recording three strikeouts. The Braves received four innings of no-hit baseball from their bullpen and Mississippi's Hawtin Buchanan
(1-1, 2.84 ERA) struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
While Tuesday's game showcased two strong bullpens, offense dictated the outcome at Veterans Field. Chatham got most of its production from Louisville center fielder Adam Engel
, UCLA shortstop Pat Valaika
and California catcher Andrew Knapp
, who combined for five of the team's seven hits. The Anglers' runs came from an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning by Knapp, an RBI double in the sixth by Valaika and an RBI double in the sixth from Knapp. Despite battling a nagging foot injury, Knapp now leads the team's active players in RBI with 16 and is hitting .290 on the season.
"We need to have him (Knapp) healthy," said Schiffner. "That certainly will help us."
Although Chatham was able to cut into Bourne's lead, the Anglers had some missed opportunities. After putting runners on first and second with one out in the second inning, Chatham could not lay down a sacrifice bunt to move its base runners up 90 feet and failed to get a run across. In the sixth inning, the Anglers were unable to tie the game despite scoring two runs with no outs.
"We tried to get things going," said Schiffner. "We shot ourselves in the foot. We've got to do better."
As Chatham dealt with adversity at the dish, the Braves racked up 11 hits and drew three walks. Bourne was led by shortstop Jack Reinheimer
(East Carolina), who went 5 for 5 with an RBI single and two runs scored. Sacred Heart's John Murphy
also had a productive night at the plate, going 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
On Wednesday, the Anglers will play their third home game in a row and will take on the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (19-14) at 7 p.m. In four games against the Red Sox this summer, Chatham has a 2-2 record.
"We are going to make sure we put some runs on the board. They (Y-D) are probably going to put some runs on the board," said Schiffner. "We need a good pitching performance and we've got to execute. When the other team is handing us runs, we've got to get the bunts down, we've got to get our situational hitting and not make mental errors on the bases."
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