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With Division Title in Reach, Anglers take on Brewster

by Chris Jones
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

With Division Title in Reach, Anglers take on Brewster
The Chatham Anglers (25-11-1) got back to their winning ways in an 8-0 stomping of the Falmouth Commodores, and will now look to begin yet another winning streak as they take on the Brewster Whitecaps (13-24-1).

It was all Anglers on Monday night against Falmouth, as the offense scored six runs in the first inning, and Lukas Schiraldi (Texas) completely shut down the potent Commodores over six innings.

"He (Schiraldi) was outstanding, and our offense really set the tone in the first inning," Manager John Schiffner said.

The Anglers will now turn their sights to Stony Brook Field, as they will make their final trip there of the regular season to take on the Whitecaps.

Chatham is 5-0 against Brewster so far this season, and Schiffner will send right-hander Aaron Garza (Houston) to the mound to try and make it a season sweep.

37 games into the season, Garza is still searching for his first victory of the season. He is 0-3 on the season with a respectable 3.85 earned run average.

photo by Graham Harboe/Chatham Anglers
Jimmy Pickens (Michigan State) has three home runs and
six RBI in the past three games.
In his last start, Garza gave up four runs in the first inning to the Bourne Braves, but buckled down and completed five solid innings. Chatham would go on to win that game 10-7, but Garza would not factor in the final decision.

Still in search of his first Cape League win, Garza will have a potent Anglers offense to back him up.

"Our offense is clicking right now," Schiffner said. "We have guys who can hit from any spot in the lineup and be productive."

Coming into Tuesday, the Anglers rank third in the league in total hitting with a .261 team batting average, 193 runs scored, and 200 walks drawn on the season.

Jimmy Pickens (Michigan State) is swinging a hot bat right now. Against Falmouth on Monday, Pickens had two hits and four RBI, including a three-run home run. Pickens now has a home run in each of his last three games, and also has two doubles and six RBI during that span.

Landon Lassiter (North Carolina) has come back strong after battling a concussion, collecting four hits, five walks, and three RBI in four games since his return.

Trying to contain the hot-hitting Chatham offense will be Whitecaps left-hander Justin Kamplain (Alabama).

Kamplain has faced the Anglers before this season, where he was dealt the loss after giving up seven hits and four runs over five innings in the 4-1 loss to Chatham on July 12. On the season, Kamplain holds a 2-2 record with an impressive 1.90 ERA, striking out 35 and walking 17 over 33 innings pitched.

Outfielder Scott Heineman (Oregon) has been the leader of the Whitecaps offense. He is hitting .315 with seven RBI and a league-leading 22 stolen bases on the season.

With a win, the Anglers will be on the doorstep of their first Eastern Division title since 2001. Chatham sits comfortably ahead of the second-place Orleans Cardinals (19-18) with a 13 point lead with only seven games to go.

First pitch at 5 p.m. Tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 4:40 p.m. for live coverage with broadcasters Brandon Liebhaber and Keith Zubrow at TRZ Teamline or call 1-800-846-4700, code 3841.

Chris Jones is the Beat Writer and Social Media Manager for the Chatham Anglers. Follow him on twitter at @Chrisjones_UO, and follow the Chatham Anglers at @ChathamAnglers.