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Game 8 preview: Yarmouth-Dennis at Chatham

by Anthony Dabbundo
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Game 8 preview: Yarmouth-Dennis at Chatham

After Tuesday's game against Cotuit was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, June 24, Chatham (4-3) returns home to Veterans Field on Wednesday night to take on Yarmouth-Dennis (3-2-1). Wednesday will be the second of six regular season meetings between the A’s and Red Sox, the second of three at Veterans Field.

Probable Pitchers

Manager Tom Holliday said on Sunday that the A’s will throw the same three pitchers on Wednesday that they did in last Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Falmouth.

Zarion Sharpe (UNC Wilmington) will get the start after throwing three innings to close the game last Wednesday. Sharpe allowed one unearned run that cost the A’s in the end, but the lefty commanded the strike zone and walked none. In three innings, he allowed just two hits.

Cole Ayers (State College of Florida) posted one of the more impressive pitching performances in the opening week. He was primarily a high-leverage reliever for the Wildcats this spring, but he pitched three shutout innings last Wednesday and struck out five batters. He allowed just two baserunners in his appearance.

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (Hawaii) will appear in relief for the first time after he started last Wednesday. The lefty struck out two and allowed zero runs in three innings of work in his start. At Hawaii this spring, Wu-Yelland threw 46.1 innings with a 4.86 ERA.

Ian Seymour (Virginia Tech) is the projected starter for the Red Sox. The left-hander pitched five innings last Tuesday against Orleans, his lone appearance on the Cape in 2019. Seymour allowed two runs on five hits and picked up the win.

Players to Watch

Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) has arrived and been activated before Wednesday's game. Torkelson tore up the Cape League last season, with a team-high seven home runs. This year at ASU, Torkelson hit 22 HRs and drove in 65 RBIs. He’ll likely be a mainstay in the Anglers lineup.

Alex Toral (Miami) should also add power to a lineup that hit just one HR in the first week of the season. Toral hit 24 HRs and tallied 67 RBIs for the Hurricanes this season, a significant increase in all of his numbers across the board from his freshman year.

Stat to know — .265

Through seven games, Chatham pitching has held opponents to a .265 slugging percentage, best of any team in the Cape League.

Last time they met

Chatham and Yarmouth-Dennis met for the first time at Veterans Field on Saturday. Y-D scored first, grabbing an unearned run in the top of the first. But the A's opened up a big lead with a five-run fifth, their largest inning of the season. Keaton Rice's (Bradley) three-run triple helped Chatham cruise to a 7-3 victory.