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CHATHAM, Mass. – Cape Cod Baseball League teams are often filled with players from traditional powerhouse schools—LSU, USC, Texas, and Arizona State just to name a few. But every so often, a player from a smaller school steals the show. Such was the case on Tuesday night when Brandon Miller (Millersville) came in from the bullpen and shut down the Bourne Braves (10-12).
“He’s having a great summer,” said Manager John Schiffner. “He’s been a great ambassador of Millersville. When the Millersville coach calls and says he has a player, guys like him and [former Angler] Jimmy McDade are making it easy to place them. They're good pitchers, and they're well-coached.”
Miller earned his second win of the year with three scoreless innings of relief in Chatham's 4-3 victory. The right-hander is now 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA on the summer.
“It’s a great experience being here,” said Miller. “These guys can hit, and they make you good very fast. If you make a mistake, they're going to capitalize on it here.”
But the Millersville sensation did not make a mistake Tuesday night. He struck out three in the apperance, using location and consistency to hold a one-run Angler lead.
"I knew I had to come in and throw strikes," said Miller. "Being able to pinpoint and keep the ball low was key to that."
Miller was one of five Angler (13-11) pitchers responsible for keeping the Braves at bay. He threw the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to tee up a six-out save for Aaron McGarity (Virginia Tech).
McGarity recorded three strikeouts and did not allow a baserunner in his fourth save of the summer.
"He slammed it shut," said Schiffner.
Jake Godfrey (Louisiana State) made his first start of the year for Chatham after previously throwing three scoreless innings of relief. The right-handed sophomore struck out three while yielding two runs on one hit in 2.2 innings.
“He’s got great stuff,” said Schiffner. “His first inning looked dominant, then he just lost the zone a little bit."
Jonathan Teaney (San Diego) added 1.1 innings of one-run of relief, and James Mulry (Northeastern) came in to face one batter.
On the other side of the ball, Chatham put up all of their runs in the game's first two frames.
Angler baserunners came around to touch the plate three times in the first inning. After Luke Persico (UCLA) and Jake Fraley (Louisiana State) came home on a pass ball and E3 respectively, Zack Short (Sacred Heart) drove one in with an RBI single to left.
“I had a lot more movement in my stance [early in the season] so I couldn’t really get to the ball quickly,” said Short, who has four RBIs in his last three games. “All the coaches have helped me to be shorter to the ball and hit a lot more line drives.”
Aaron Knapp (California) led the next frame off with a double that clanged off the 357 sign in the right-center field gap, and Luke Persico (California) ultimately drove him in with a sac fly to deep right.
That run stood to be the difference.
Chatham next hosts the Wareham Gatemen 7 p.m. Wednesday. Ty Damron (Texas Tech) will likely make his third start of the summer for the Anglers. The southpaw is 1-0 and has recorded 8 strikeouts to four walks on the Cape. His adversary from Wareham is to be determined.