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Chatham (12-10-1) rode a four-game winning streak into its game against Orleans (14-9) at Eldredge Park on Monday, but lost 3-1 on a late rally by the Firebirds. Now the Anglers will look to start another winning streak against Harwich (14-8) at Whitehouse Field on Tuesday, a team they have yet to beat this season. Here’s a look back at Chatham’s fall to Orleans and aheads to its next test.
At the plate
A.J. Murray (Georgia Tech) couldn’t extend an 11-game hitting streak despite reaching base twice and scoring the Anglers’ only run. In all, the team was only able to muster five total hits against four Firebirds pitchers, and it was an RBI double from Jake Fraley (LSU) in the fourth that plated Murray. Kevin Fagan (Stetson) doubled to run a small hitting streak to three and looked comfortable in his at-bats. Robert Baldwin (Yale) also doubled to build on his 3-for-4 performance in a 9-3 win over Hyannis on Sunday night.
“I think just playing every day is helping me out,” said Fagan, who has settled in as the team’s second baseman due to a string of injuries in the infield. “I felt good at the plate tonight and am just looking to keep progressing all the time.”
On the mound
Andrew Chin (Boston College) was dominant in his fourth start of the season. The left-hander left the game on hook for the win after 6.1 scoreless innings — his longest outing of the summer — and struck out five while giving up four hits and two walks. He said that he was able to get into a mechanical groove after battling through the early innings, and also used a double play to get out of the third, fourth and fifth.
“The double plays help everyone out,” Chin said. “Not just me but also the offense. But it did help me go deep in the game because it was a quick way to end innings.”
Jeff Gelinas (Maine) came in for Chin in the seventh and retired two hitters to end an Orleans rally, but wasn’t able to get through the bottom of the eighth without giving up the decisive three-run hit to Mitchell Tolman. Gelinas received the loss to bring his season record to 0-1 with a 1.92 ERA.
The Anglers have yet to beat Harwich after coming within an out of doing so in their first trip to Whitehouse Field. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and PointStreak — the official scorer of the Cape Cod Baseball League — says that Garrett Williams (Oklahoma State) will start for Chatham and Robby Kalaf for the Mariners.
Broadcast coverage of the Anglers and Mariners begins at 6:40 p.m. with the Anglers Extra Pregame Show. Watch and listen on TRZ Teamline or listen by phone 1-800-846-4700, code 3481. Visit Broadcast Central for more information.