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After losing four straight and scoring just one run while giving up 29 in that span, Chatham (2-4) got back on the winning track by beating Brewster (3-3) 6-2 on Tuesday night. The offense clicked just as starter Andrew Chin (Boston College) did, and a pair or relievers polished off what Chin called a “definite team win.”
At the plate
Two days after the Anglers collected just one hit in a loss to Cotuit, the bats got going for a season-high 10 knocks. That total included five different players going for two apiece, including Blake Butera (Boston College), Jake Fraley (LSU), Nick Collins (Georgetown), Garrett Hampson (Long Beach State) and Landon Cray (Seattle). The bottom third of the lineup was particularly successful, as Collins, Hampson and Cray combined to go 6-for-12 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
It was a Collins single in the third that broke the Anglers out of the slump they had been in since beating Orleans on opening night, and the insertion of newcomers Fraley and Cray that seemed to give the order the kick it needed. Fraley made his first appearance with the team as its designated hitter while Cray did the same in center field, and they combined to go 4-for-7 with an RBI and run.
“It was good to get in there and help get runs across,” Cray said. “It definitely felt good.”
On the mound
Chin became the first Chatham start to pitch into the sixth inning this season, making quick work of the Whitecaps in a few frames while getting out of small jams in the others. He said after the game that his fastball was working for him throughout and that he settled in when his off-speed pitches caught up to the heat. His final line read five innings, two runs, four strikeouts and two walks.
“The beginning was a grind and I used the fast ball to get through it,” Chin said. “Once my changeup was working too I really felt good.”
After Chin gave up a leadoff single to start the sixth, Schiffner pulled him for right-handed reliever Jeff Gelinas (Maine). Gelinas threw two innings and gave up a lone hit before Kyle Davis (Southern California) shut the door on Brewster in the top of the ninth. Gelinas and Davis struck out three of the nine batters they set down, and only let two runners on while continuing the pen’s impressive start to the season.
“They were really solid tonight,” Schiffner said. “It’s good for (Gelinas), he’s a puppy. Having just finished his freshman year it’s good to see him work through hitters.”
The Anglers will look to build on its second win of the season against Yarmouth-Dennis (2-4) at Red Wilson Field at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The Red Sox are tied with Chatham in the basement of the East Division, having most recently fallen to Orleans, 6-2, on Tuesday night. One squad will start its climb back into the thick of the standings, and the Anglers’ Jordan Hillyer (Kennesaw State) is expected to start across from Y-D’s Kevin Duchene.