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The Chatham Anglers (18-16-2) will look to get back to their winning ways Tuesday against the Brewster Whitecaps (10-23-3) at Veterans Field. The A’s had their three-game win streak snapped Monday in a five-inning 15-5 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers.
The A’s made four errors in Monday’s loss. In its last three games, Chatham has made eight miscues.
“You can hit all you want. You still have to play defense for nine innings,” Anglers manager Tom Holliday said. “That defensive episode tonight was, utterly, without a doubt, as embarrassing as I’ve ever [seen] in organized baseball.”
Stellar offense has made up for poor defense as of late. The Anglers have scored five runs or more in each of their last six games, including two double-digit outings. Chatham’s outburst has boosted it to third in the league in runs scored (181).
Five days ago, the Anglers tied the 2018 Cape League single-game record for runs in a game as they dominated the Whitecaps, 17-3, at Stony Brook Field in Brewster.
Austin Bergner (North Carolina) struck out seven in six innings while Chatham poured on run support. Nine different A’s players recorded an RBI while the Whitecaps’ staff walked a CCBL season-high 15 batters.
Despite the blowout win, Brewster has had success against the Anglers this summer. The Whitecaps have two wins in five games over the A’s this season, both of which came at Veterans Field.
Friday, Cotuit plated seven runs in the first two innings before Chatham stormed back to win 10-9 in eight innings. Monday at Veterans Field, the roles were reversed.
The A’s thrashed Cotuit starter Addison Moss (Rice), sending him out of the game before he could record three outs. All nine Anglers batters had a plate appearance, with Kyle McCann (Georgia Tech) and Ben Ramirez (Southern California) each recording two-run doubles to power the offense. Ramirez’s two-bagger came in his first at-bat since July 12.
The Kettleers rebounded, shelling Chatham starter Jack Conlon (San Jacinto) in the following inning. The visitors posted five runs in the top of the second before breaking the game wide open with three runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth, taking a 15-5 lead. The game was called in the sixth due to fog.
“I’m so sick of it it’s not even funny,” Holliday said about the fog.
The Anglers were without their All-Star position players — Tristin English (Georgia Tech), John Rave (Illinois State) and Blake Sabol (Southern California). Holliday gave the three players a day off after participating in Sunday’s All-Star Game.