After darkness overtook Stony Brook Field following nine innings of play, Friday's game between the Chatham Anglers and the Brewster Whitecaps ended in a 3-3 tie. The Anglers (17-17-1) rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the top of the ninth to avoid a loss and now have a six point advantage over the Whitecaps (14-19-1) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. Friday's game marked the first tie of the 2012 summer in the Cape League.
"Their (Brewster's) pitchers threw very well," said manager John Schiffner
. "We scratched and clawed to get the tie. I'm very proud of the kids. That was a big base hit for Dale (Carey) and we executed. That's the way you play. I was really proud of them."
Box Score Game 35: Chatham 3, Brewster 3
Maine's Tommy Lawrence
(2-1, 3.38 ERA) received a no-decision for Chatham after allowing three earned runs on eight hits in six and two thirds innings. Never backing down from a single hitter he faced, Lawrence nearly made it through seven innings and used his curveball and slider to get four strikeouts. The West Haven, CT native's one mistake came on a fastball out over the plate to Whitecap second baseman Kevin Williams
(UCLA) with two outs in the top of the seventh, a pitch that was pounded over the right field fence.
"Tommy Lawrence was really really good," said Schiffner. "He just ran out of gas a little bit and made one bad pitch."
Once again, the Angler bullpen turned in another shutdown effort, limiting the Whitecaps to two hits in two and a third innings. North Carolina's Tate Parrish
(1-3, 3.48 ERA) struck out one batter in a third of an inning and High Point's Jamie Schultz
(1-0, 3.57 ERA) fanned three batters in two innings of work.
Brewster's Austin Voth
(1-2, 3.90 ERA) was also given a no-decision, surrendering two earned runs on four hits in six innings. After the Whitecap bullpen threw two scoreless innings, Washington State's James Leckenby
(3-2, 5.79 ERA) gave up one run on two hits in the ninth for a blown save.
Chatham received some early offense for the second straight game on Friday. In the opening frame, first baseman Andrew Knapp
(California) ripped an RBI double to left field, scoring shortstop Pat Valaika
(UCLA) from second base. Valaika singled with one out in the inning and reached second on a passed ball.
"He's our guy," said Schiffner. "If he (Knapp) wasn't around, we'd be in trouble right now. He's playing really well for us and is playing hurt, which is impressive."
The Anglers' second run came in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by left fielder Tom Bourdon
(Boston College), scoring right fielder Dale Carey
(Miami) from second. Carey singled to begin the frame and reached second on a ground out. Carey would come up big again in the ninth inning, knocking a single to start the inning and moving to third base on a single by second baseman Mike Fransoso
(Maine). In the next at-bat, Carey scored on an RBI groundout by designated hitter John Martinez
Brewster was led at offensively by second baseman Kevin Williams
(UCLA), who went 2 for 4 with two RBI coming on a home run. South Alabama's JT Files
also produced for the Whitecaps, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single. Thanks to some steady defense by Chatham, Brewster left eight men on base despite getting 10 hits.
"We've been playing really really good and responsible defense most of the year," said Schiffner. "We'll have our hiccups here and there, but we're a good defensive team."
On Saturday, right-hander Michael Wagner
(San Diego), right-hander Ryan Thompson
(Franklin Pierce) and catcher Andrew Knapp
(California) will represent the Anglers in the 2012 Cape League All-Star Game in Harwich at 6 p.m. Stressing the importance of cherishing the moment to his three players, Schiffner wants his all-stars to enjoy themselves.
"I told them to have fun," he said. "Some people put too much pressure on the All-Star game because of the scouts. Shame on the scouts if they haven't seen these guys for the last four weeks. They should go to the game, hang out with their fellow all-stars and have a good time."
Listen to the live broadcast on WCAI 90.1, 91.1 and 94.3 FM, Cape & Islands NPR, and online at www.capeandislands.org
. Former Chatham broadcaster Dan D'Uva will handle to play-by-play alongside Bourne Braves PA announcer Kevin McGonagle. Pregame coverage begins at 5:45 with a special conversation with CCBL commissioner Paul Galop.