Anglers Score Early, Often vs. Brewster for Second-Straight Win
by Chris Jones Sunday, June 30, 2013
With some consistent offensive output, clean defense, and perfect relief outings, the Chatham Anglers (9-5-1) were able to pick up the win against Brewster (3-11) on Sunday night at Stony Brook Field.
"We had our rough stretch, but I think we are finally back on track and playing good baseball," Mitch Gunsolus (Gonzaga) said. "We put a lot of good at bats together, and the defense really played well tonight."
The offense set the tone early, and gave Chatham a three run lead in the top of the first inning behind RBI singles from Jimmy Pickens (Michigan State) and Sheehan Planas-Arteaga. Brewster starter Jonathan Keller (Alabama) would only record those three outs, as he was pulled in the second inning.
Before starter Andrew Chin (Boston College) could set foot on the mound, which is a spot that Coach John Schiffner always likes to see his team in.
"You gotta love it," Schiffner said. "It sets the tone, and makes the other team play catch up from the beginning. Does not get much better than that."
Chin struggled at times, as he allowed seven hits in 3.2 innings pitched, but he worked out of multiple jams that could have turned the tables in the Whitecaps' favor. Brewster would eventually tie it in the third, but it would not last long.
In the very next frame, Chatham would score two runs on an error by center fielder Scott Heineman (Oregon) that would give the Anglers the lead for good.
photo by Chelsea Capwell/Chatham Anglers Tommy Lawrence (Maine) pitched 3.1 innings of perfect relief in Chatham's 7-3 win
"He (Chin) just continued to battle," Gunsolus said. "He did not have his best stuff, but he battled, and luckily we were able to get him some runs."
Tommy Lawrence (Maine) followed Chin on the mound, and pitched 3.1 innings of perfect relief, not allowing a hit and striking out four. Schiffner has seen Lawrence before, as he played for Chatham in 2012, so a performance like that did not surprise him at all.
"He slammed the door shut," Schiffner said. "That's just Tommy. He is a really good pitcher."
For Lawrence, his assortment of breaking pitches were the key to his success.
"I really worked with my slider and curveball tonight," Lawrence said. "They could not get a whiff of it, so it worked pretty well."
Chatham would add more in the eighth inning, tacking on another run on a Dante Flores (USC) RBI single, then one on an error by Brewster reliever Brad Schreiber (Purdue).
In the past four games, Flores has hit for a blistering .470 batting average, collecting five RBI along the way. On the season, Flores is now hitting for a .333 average, which is good enough for third-best in the Cape League.
"He is probably the hottest hitter in the Cape League right now," Schiffner said. "He does whatever we ask him to do, and he is doing it really well."
Mitch Merten (UC Irvine) closed out the eighth inning, allowing no hits with two strikeouts.
After the eighth inning, the game was called due to darkness, and the Anglers went home with their ninth win of the season under their belt.
"It is always better to go into an off day with win," Gunsolus said. "If you lose, you have an extra 24 hours to think about what you did wrong, so it is good we got the win."
With the off day tomorrow, Many of the Angler players will travel to Boston for a workout session at Fenway Park. They will get to display their talents in front of many MLB scouts who will be in attendance.
For Gunsolus, it is a dream come true.
"Just being at Fenway Park, seeing the Green Monster and Pesky's Pole, and knowing that you get to play on the same field as some of the greatest players to ever play, like Ted Williams, is going to be an amazing experience," Gunsolus said.