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Dunshee makes solid start but Anglers take tough loss to Red Sox

by Matt Jasko
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dunshee makes solid start but Anglers take tough loss to Red Sox

CHATHAM, Mass— Two three-run innings proved too much for the Anglers to overcome in a 7-2 loss to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on a rainy Sunday evening. The result moves Chatham to 9-8 and Yarmouth-Dennis to 8-9 on the year.

“We just didn’t play well today,” said Manager John Schiffner. “It was that simple.”

Cory Raley drove in the Anglers’ first run on Sunday. 

The biggest bright spot on the day for the Anglers was the start of Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest). He demonstrated staggering efficiency through his first five innings. During that time he allowed one hit and struck out four batters. The right-hander threw 38 strikes out of 50 pitches and had first-pitch strikes on 11 out of 15 batters.

“He was just outstanding,” said Schiffner. “He did a great job. He changes spots well, he changes speeds well, he’s a good pitcher.”

As the rain picked up in the sixth inning, the Red Sox were able to muster their only breakthrough on Dunshee. Connor Wong (Houston) started the inning with a walk. The free pass was the first issued by Dunshee on the Cape, 16 innings into his summer. With a runner on first, Ryan Noda (Cincinnati) hit a two-run homer to right-field to record the only two runs the Red Sox took off Dunshee. The blast gave Y-D a 2-1 lead at the time Dunshee left the game, and as a result he took his first loss.

“Early in the game I got ahead and threw strikes,” said Dunshee. “In that sixth inning, I just didn’t make a good enough adjustment fast enough.”

Chatham’s first run came in the top of the first. Cory Raley (Texas Tech) rattled one off the chain-link fence in right-center to drive it in. The standup double brought home Aaron Knapp (California), who batted in the leadoff spot for the first time this summer.

The other Chatham run came in the top of the eighth on a solo homerun from Luke Persico. The blast was the first of the summer for the Bruin.

“I had a 2-0 count,” said Persico. “I figured I was going to get a fastball, and I got it.”

The Anglers continued to demonstrate the same control of the running game they have all year. Y-D’s Cole Billingsley (South Alabama) entered the game with the second highest tally of stolen bases (6) in the Cape League. Twice he tried to move into a tie for first, and twice the Anglers denied him.

The first foiled chance came in the game's opening frame when Nick Sciortino (Boston College) collected his first of two caught stealings on the afternoon. The other came in the fourth when Dunshee used a quick pickoff move to nab Billingsley leading off first.

“Sciortino has a great release and great arm,” said Schiffner. “And [Coach] Robbie [Bono] does a great job working with the pitchers on controlling runners.”

Ty Damron (Texas Tech) made his first appearance out of the bullpen in the sixth inning. The left-hander had previously made two starts for the Anglers, earning a 1-0 record and a 2.70 ERA.

“We’re just making some switches and giving guys opportunities to get innings,” said Schiffner. “He’s had a lot of innings, so we’re going to move him into the pen for a little while and let some other guys come up.”

The Red Sox were the first team to get to Damron in a significant way on the season, scoring four runs off him.

“He’s a guy who throws a lot of strikes,” said Schiffner. “He just didn’t do that today.”

Jeff Paschke (Southern California) finished the final 1.2 innings without giving up an earned run.


The Anglers next travel to Wareham to take on the Gatemen at 7 p.m. Jesse Adams (Boston College) is expected to make the start for Chatham. The southpaw has yet to allow a run in six innings on the summer. His counterpart from Wareham is still to be determined.