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Chatham, Mass. — After traveling to Boston for a league-wide workout at historic Fenway Park, the Chatham Anglers (11-12) are back in action today against the Brewster Whitecaps (9-14).
The Anglers are looking to parlay the momentum gained from Wednesday’s walk-off victory into a stretch of consistent play. Brewster hopes to stem a six-game losing streak by winning its first contest in the month of July.
At the Plate: Gunnar Troutwine is hitting .333 in his last three games for the Anglers. In that stretch, the Wichita State catcher has two extra-base hits, including a triple in Wednesday’s win over Wareham. Troutwine went 2-for-3 in that contest with two walks. The sophomore scored three of his team-high nine runs in his last three appearances for Chatham.
Hagen Ownby also enters the game on the heels of a good performance on Wednesday. As a pinch hitter, Owenby went 2-for-2 with two singles and an RBI in the win.
Though Brewster has sputtered since the calendar flipped to July, the Whitecaps offense has continued to produce. Hitting .261 over the past week, the Brewster offense has continued to be the best in the league.
The Whitecaps have scored 136 runs this season, far and away the most of any team in the CCBL. Brewster also leads the league with 222 hits, 123 RBIs, and 21 homeruns.
Over the last seven days, LSU’s Bryce Jordan has spearheaded the Whitecaps’ offense. Appearing in all six of Brewster’s games this month, Jordan recorded eight hits in 18 at-bats, scoring five runs and driving in two more. Jordan has multiple hits in each of his last three games, including a 4-for-4 performance against the Harwich Mariners on July 4.
On the Mound: Both Chatham and Brewster have had inconsistent pitching this season. The Whitecaps have conceded the most earned runs of any team with 120. Chatham’s 197 strikeouts rank third in the league, just behind the Y-D Red Sox and Bourne Braves; however, the Anglers have allowed 216 hits, the third highest across the CCBL.
Simon Matthews (1-0) of Georgetown will take the ball for the Anglers today in the righty’s second start of the season. After giving up three earned runs to Bourne in his debut, Matthews has pitched five total innings of relief.
In that span, the junior has allowed no runs and has conceded three hits while striking out four. On two different occasions, Matthews has been called in to get Chatham out of bases loaded jams unscathed. He has done so twice.
Save for Nick Meservey, Matthews’s 2.70 ERA is the lowest amongst current A’s starters.
The Whitecaps will send Hunter Martin (1-1) to the hill for his fourth start of the season. Martin has compiled a 2.45 ERA, allowing five earned runs in 18 and a third innings pitched.
Down the Road: The Anglers venture to Falmouth on Saturday at 6 p.m., before returning to the confines of Veterans Field for a 7 p.m. contest with the Harwich Mariners.