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With Playoffs Secured, Anglers Journey to Orleans for Last Time

by George Barclay
Monday, August 06, 2012

With Playoffs Secured, Anglers Journey to Orleans for Last Time
On Monday night, Chatham (19-21-2) will play its final road game of the season against the Orleans Firebirds (22-20) at 7 p.m. With two games remaining in the regular season, the Firebirds have a three point lead over the Anglers for third place in the East Division. Chatham is currently 2-2 in its season series with Orleans, losing 5-4 on July 3, winning 5-1 on July 4, falling 7-2 on July 19 and prevailing 4-2 on July 23.

The Anglers enter Monday's game following a 6-4 win against Harwich on Sunday night, which gave the team its first playoff berth since 2007. Pepperdine's Aaron Brown (2-0, 1.69 ERA) earned the win in his best outing of the summer (6.1IP, 1H, 0ER, 3BB, 10K). Chatham jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning after back-to-back RBI singles by Boston College's John Hennessy and Miami's Dale Carey. In his first at-bat as an Angler, the newly activated Hennessy notched his first base hit and run batted in of the summer. Louisville's Adam Engel also created some sparks for Chatham, ripping a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning. Despite a four-run eighth inning for the Mariners, the Anglers were able to hold on as High Point's Jaime Schultz (2-0, 2.95 ERA) got the final six outs of the game to earn his first save.

In what will be a designated "staff day" for the Anglers, UC Irvine's Jimmy Litchfield (0-2, 5.31 ERA) will start the game for the Anglers. After a couple of rough starts on July 1 and July 7, Litchfield has found a groove in the bullpen and has allowed only one earned run in his last four appearances, coming on August 3 against Harwich (1IP, 1H, 1ER, 0BB, 3K).

Orleans will start Maryland's Jimmy Reed (2-0, 3.28 ERA). Reed earned a no-decision in his last start against Bourne on July 30 (6IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K). In his one outing versus the Anglers this summer, Reed was given a no-decision (5IP, 2H, 0ER, 2BB, 7K).

For live coverage of Monday's game, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:40 p.m. with broadcasters Chris Fitzgerald and Brandon Liebhaber at TRZ Teamline or call 1-800-846-4700, code 3841.