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Brewster, Mass. — Despite giving up no earned runs in the game, the Chatham Anglers (11-13) dropped a 2-1 contest to the Brewster Whitecaps (10-14) Friday night at Stony Brook Field. The win was Brewster’s third in four games over the Anglers this season. It also snapped a six-game losing streak for the Whitecaps.
“It was tough,” said manager John Schiffner about the loss. “I wish we didn’t have the day off [yesterday], it would have been so much better to build off of what we had [Wednesday], but we had the day off.”
In Wednesday night’s game, Chatham managed six runs on eight hits and defeated the then first place Wareham Gatemen. On Friday in Brewster, the Anglers could only push across one run after putting together five hits.
Simon Matthews (1-1) took the loss for Chatham even though the right-hander failed to allow an earned run on the night. The Georgetown Hoya, who went six innings, struck out three while allowing one walk and nine hits.
“Pitched a fine ball game, deserved to win the game,” said Schiffner. “Great command, tempo was fantastic. He was excellent, just an excellent game for him. Too bad we couldn’t win it for him.”
Matthews faced the minimum through the first two innings, before a throwing error led to two runs in the third.
With one out and Whitecaps on first and second, Ryan Gridley slapped a groundball to Chatham third baseman Sean Bouchard. Bouchard scooped up the baseball and tagged third before firing onto first in hopes of completing the team’s third double play of the game.
Bouchard's errant throw bounced just before first basemen Jeremy Vasquez, who was unable to snare the bounding the ball, allowing Gridley to reach first safely. Back-to-back RBI singles by the next two batters, Bryce Jordan and Nick Dunn, drove in the only two Brewster runs of the game.
The Anglers’ pitching kept Chatham in the entire game as both Matthews and Mike Fitzgerald combined for five strikeouts and one walk. Fitzgerald did not allow a hit in his two innings of relief.
“I was happy with [my performance] for the most part,” said Matthews. “I thought I was able to make good pitches, and get myself out of most jams.”
Chatham’s offense struck first in the top of the third, after Tanner Gardner’s sacrifice fly plated Jake Palomaki with the bases loaded. The RBI was Gardner’s fourth in two games as an Angler. After scraping across a run on a hit, a sacrifice, and two walks in the third inning, Chatham hitting failed to put a runner past second the rest of the game.
Hunter Martin (2-1) got the win for Brewster after pitching six innings and striking out three. The Tennessee Volunteer struggled with his control in the early part of the game, as evident by five Anglers in the first three innings. However, Martin settled down, allowing four hits on the night.
The loss keeps Chatham in sole possession of fourth place in the East Division while Brewster, though still in last place, now sits one game behind the Anglers.
Chatham travels to Falmouth on Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest with the Commodores at Guv Fuller Field. Catch all the action and the Anglers Extra Pregame on the Cape Cod Baseball Network.