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Game 5: Hyannis at Chatham

by David Schneidman
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Game 5: Hyannis at Chatham

A day after their largest defeat of the young season to Brewster, the Chatham Anglers (1-2-1) will play their second-straight game at Veterans Field, this time against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (2-1) at 7 p.m.


Against the Whitecaps, A’s pitchers combined for six hitless innings, but surrendered five runs in the second inning and four runs in the ninth. Colin Peluse (Wake Forest) posted the best stat line for the home team with four innings of work and six strikeouts while allowing one run on one hit.


For the second time this season, the sole run for the A’s came from a Greg Jones (UNC-Wilmington) opposite-field long ball. Aside from Jones, the Anglers struggled to produce on offense, tallying just five hits while striking out 17 times.


Scheduled to start against Hyannis is Troy Miller (Michigan). The right-hander, who has made 40 appearances out of the bullpen for the Wolverines in three seasons, has lowered his earned run average each year. In his junior season, Miller posted a 3.37 ERA along with 29 punch outs in 34.2 innings of work.


After four innings, Anglers manager Tom Holliday plans to insert Dan Hammer (Pittsburgh) into the game. In each of Chatham’s four contests thus far, Holliday has limited his pitchers to a maximum of four innings before replacing them with a second starter, who is also held to four frames or less on the mound.


During his sophomore season, Hammer made 17 appearances (12 starts), tossing 58 punch outs in 62.1 innings of work. In 2017, Hammer made six starts for the Anglers, striking out 20 batters in 23 innings.


For the visitors, it will be Travis Marr (Clemson) taking the bump. The Castle Rock, Colorado native registered just one inning pitched during his freshman campaign before redshirting.


In three games so far this summer, Hyannis has produced 17 runs while allowing 10. The Harbor Hawks’ offense is powered by Seth Gray (Wright State), Braden Comeaux (Rice) and Trevor Hauver (Arizona State), who are each batting .500 thus far.


Despite the difference between the records of the two sides, Hyannis’ pitching staff has allowed 27 hits compared to Chatham’s 29, despite playing one fewer game. However, the Anglers have walked opposing batters 21 times, while the Harbor Hawks’ staff has issued 11 walks.


Holliday credits the Anglers’ blowout loss on Friday to fatigue, and believes there will be a stronger showing Saturday.


“Some tiredness, some fatigue showed up tonight,” Holliday said after Friday’s defeat. “We will change the routine up tomorrow and try to play tomorrow’s ball game a little cleaner and try to get off to a better start.”