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Game 24 & 25 Preview: Chatham at Falmouth

by Peter Warren
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Game 24 & 25 Preview: Chatham at Falmouth

For the Chatham Anglers (10-11-2) and the Falmouth Commodores (11-11-1), the third time is hopefully the charm.

After Chatham’s two scheduled trips to Falmouth were both cancelled due to the weather, the Anglers and the Commodores have a doubleheader Wednesday at Guv Fuller Field to make-up the two contests.

The makeup games were scheduled for June 23 and July 6. Both times, heavy rain in the forecast resulted in cancellations before the A’s ever stepped on the bus.

Chatham is coming off its second-straight blowout loss. First, the A’s were undone by a nine-run fourth inning versus the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on Sunday. Then, the team fell Monday to the visiting Orleans Firebirds, 9-3.

In both games, the Chatham pitchers have had trouble with command. Over the two game stretch, five Anglers arms combined to walk 13 opposing batters and hit another nine.  Only three hitters — Tristin English (Georgia Tech), John Rave (Illinois State) and Blake Sabol (Southern California) — have multiple hits over this two-game slide.

Rave did provide some excitement in Monday’s contest. In the eighth inning, he blasted a home run deep past the right-field wall onto Depot Road.

“Once the first guys on base, we're just trying to move them and then when you got a guy in scoring position, you got to be able to produce,” Rave said.

Falmouth is coming off a 6-3 win over Eastern Division-leading Y-D. Matt Wallner (Southern Mississippi), who was activated on July 7, went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Kyle Stowers (Stanford) — who is third in the CCBL in hitting with a .352 batting average— went 2-for-5 and has notched multiple base knocks in eight of his last nine games.

Chatham’s starting pitchers for Tuesday’s contest are Hunter Gaddis (Georgia State) and Kyle Hurt (Southern California). Minus one bad outing against Wareham on June 24, Gaddis has been astute on the mound. In 13 innings, he has given up ten hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters.

Hurt has been a little more inconsistent, but has still been very good on the mound. The right-hander has gone at least three innings in every appearance this summer and is fourth on the team in strikeouts with 17.

Anglers manager Tom Holliday said the team needs to be able to discern a good pitch from a bad one.

“Pitch selection has to be better,” Holliday said. “If an umpire misses a pitch and it's up, that doesn't mean you have to swing at it the next time. It's up. You can't let the umpire screw up your discipline. We are falling into that and were swinging at bad breaking balls in the dirt, too.”