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T.J. Zeuch (Pittsburgh) was like a big brother dangling candy just above his younger sibling’s grasp on Thursday night. Three times the Whitecaps appeared as if they were ready to snatch the metaphoric candy bar, and three times Zeuch gave them nothing but a goose egg.
“He threw strikes, he got ahead of hitters, and he didn’t get flustered,” said Manager John Schiffner of Zeuch, who has now thrown 10.2 innings without surrendering an earned run. “The fact he didn’t get flustered shows what a good pitcher he is."
The escape artist-esque start propelled the Anglers (5-4) to a 1-0 victory over the Brewster Whitecaps (3-6) at Veterans Field. The win snapped a three-game Chatham skid.
“I was just trying to go out there and have fun,” said Zeuch, who threw five scoreless innings. “I’m just trying to come out the same way I always do.”
In the first inning Colin Lyman (Louisville) managed to stretch a leadoff double. Zeuch proceeded to get two strikeouts and a ground out to end the inning.
In the second inning the Whitecaps loaded the bases with two outs. Zeuch got Lyman to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.
In the fifth inning the Whitecaps put runners on the corners with two outs. Zeuch got his sixth strikeout of the night to end the inning.
Zeuch: "I'm not worrying about who I'm facing. "I'm not worrying about who's in the stands. I'm just worrying about pitching."
Todd Czinege (Villanova) produced the only run of the night on one swing of the bat in the game’s opening frame. The towering shot to dead center field was Czinege’s first home run of the summer.
“I got in battle mode with two strikes,” said Czinege. “I kind of thought I just flew out to center field, but it just kept going.”
A tag-team out of the Angler bullpen put together a masterful four innings to preserve the one-run victory. Brandon Miller (Millersville) struck out five and allowed only one base runner over three frames.
Andre Scrubb (High Point) nailed down the save in the ninth inning.
“All around great job from the pitching staff,” said Schiffner. “T.J. threw great to start it off, then Miller just was outstanding, and we slammed it shut with the big guy.”
Over the last three games, the Angler bullpen has now thrown nine and two-thirds consecutive scoreless innings.
“I think the bullpen is mixing all of their pitches and keeping hitters off balanced,” said Nick Sciortino (Boston College) who caught both the game and two would-be base stealers. “They’re doing a good job of executing and taking it one pitch at a time."
The Anglers will next face the Cotuit Kettleers at 7 p.m. in Chatham Friday night.