The Chatham Anglers (26-12-1) clinched their first regular-season East Division title since 2001 with an exciting comeback walk-off victory against Y-D
at Veterans Field on Wednesday night.
Down to their final strike, trailing 5-1 in the ninth inning, the Anglers scored four runs to tie the game, then won the game on a bases-loaded suicide squeeze bunt by Jimmy Pickens
(Michigan State), giving Chatham their league-leading 26th win of the season.
"This team is special," Manager John Schiffner
. "We just never think we are out of a game, we kept battling, and Pickens really came through for us."
Pickens finished with four hits in his final four at-bats, including a two-run home run in the ninth to help the comeback, and the game winning bunt that gave the Anglers the 6-5 victory.
In his last four games, Pickens has four home runs, ten hits, and nine RBI. On the season, Pickens is hitting .306 with six home runs and 22 RBI.
With the momentum of an exciting victory, the Anglers will now play a doubleheader, two seven-innings against the Harwich Mariners on Thursday.
Game One: Matt Gage (Siena) vs. Aaron Bummer (Nebraska)
The first game of the doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m, will feature an all-star pitching matchup. Matt Gage
(Siena) for the Anglers, looking to give Chatham their 27th win of the season, will be on the mound for the Anglers.
On the season, Gage holds a 4-1 record with a 3.12 earned average, striking out 21 and only allowing five walks over 31.2 innings pitched. Gage is 4-0 in his last four starts, and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his six starts this season.
In his last start, Gage allowed one run and struck out two over five solid innings of work in an 8-4 win against Wareham on July 21.
Gage's Harwich counterpart on the mound will be Mariners left-hander Aaron Bummer (Nebraska). Bummer started the All-Star game for the East Division, and gave up two hits and one run in his one inning of work.
On the season, Bummer has been spectacular, holding a 4-2 record with a 1.39 ERA in six starts this season.
Game Two: Andrew McGee (Monmouth) vs. Dillon Peters (Texas)
Game two of the doubleheader will feature Mariners left-hander Dillon Peters (Texas). On the season, Peters is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in four appearances (three starts) for the Mariners.
In his past two starts, Peters is 2-0, and has allowed four total hits and no runs over 12 innings combined.
(Monmouth) will oppose Peters on the mound, looking to get back on track.
McGee was dominant in his first three starts of the season, only allowing one run and striking out 20 in 18 combined innings. He has struggled of late, but was solid in his last start against Bourne on July 25, allowing three runs and striking out five in four innings pitched.
First pitch for game on of the double-header at 4 p.m. Tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 3:40 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.