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Chatham (14-18-1) couldn’t get onto the scoreboard in a 3-0 loss to Falmouth (19-14-1), which started a pivotal stretch of play on a particularly sour note. Now the Anglers have five straight chances — starting with three on the road — to gain momentum before Sunday’s All-Star Game at Doran Park in Bourne. That first chance will come against Cotuit (15-18-1) at Lowell Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, where Chatham is 1-0 on the season.
Here’s a look back at the Anglers’ shutout loss to the Commodores, and ahead to their date with the Kettleers.
At the plate
Unlike Chatham’s 5-2 loss to Yarmouth-Dennis on Saturday, where it collected nine hits and scratched the surface of a solid offensive performance, the bats were quiet against Falmouth. Both the Anglers and Commodores went for a slim four hits, with the hosts making more of their limited opportunities. Ty Moore (UCLA), Chris Shaw (Boston College), Nick Collins (Georgetown) and Landon Cray (Seattle) were only players that collected hits, but it didn’t amount to any offense.
“There’s one time we want to get a sacrifice bunt down and we can’t,” Chatham manager John Schiffner said. “Another time a guy gets a bad lead and he should be safe but he’s out. If those things happen you don’t know what happens in the game.”
On the mound
Zac Gallen (North Carolina) has shown dominance in spurts this season, and two of those spurts have come at Falmouth’s Arnie Allen Diamond at Guv Fuller Field. The first was six shutout innings on June 20 that ended in a 3-3 tie between the Anglers and Commodores. The second came Monday, when he scattered two runs — both of which were earned but came in an error-extended fourth inning — in six sterling innings. He didn’t give up his first hit until the fourth, and was using his newfound cutter to jam righties and work lefties outside.
After the game, Gallen said that he’s been throwing the cutter for two weeks now and threw it 50 percent of the time against Falmouth. He was followed by left-handed reliever P.J. Conlon (San Diego), who gave up one run in two innings of work.
“Everything was working for me and I really liked the cutter today,” Gallen said. “I’m trying to throw it more and more and it was helping me get guys out.”
Now Chatham will head to Cotuit with a loose grasp on the East Division’s fourth and final playoff spot. Brewster is inching into the playoff picture but fell to the Kettleers, 3-0, on Monday night, and now the Anglers will try their luck. Max Tishman (Wake Forest) will throw for Chatham and comes into the game with a 2-2 record and 3.00 ERA. He will be opposed by Cotuit’s Logan James, who has been far less than successful this summer. James is the owner of a 1-3 record and 8.26 ERA in six appearances, four of which are starts.
Broadcast coverage of the Anglers and Kettleers begins at 4:40 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.