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Game 8 preview: Chatham at Brewster

by KJ Edelman
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Game 8 preview: Chatham at Brewster

The Chatham Anglers have not played a full game in three straight days, the longest in-season stretch under manager Tom Holliday. Monday was a scheduled off day, Tuesday was deemed a rain out and Wednesday’s contest was called off in the fourth inning due to fog.

On Thursday, the A’s (4-3) will face the Brewster Whitecaps (6-3) at Stony Brook Field starting at 5 p.m.

Probable Pitchers

Dane Acker (San Jacinto) will get the start for Chatham. The righty from Brenham, Texas pitched two innings in the A’s first shutout of the season — a 5-0 win over Harwich. Acker was the third reliever in the game behind RJ Dabovich (Arizona State) and Luke Bartnicki (Georgia Tech). He recorded six scoreless outs with just one hit allowed and a strikeout.

RJ Dabovich (Arizona State) will come in for Acker, presumably in the fourth inning. Dabovich’s lone appearance was a start in the shutout win over the Mariners. In three scoreless frames, he allowed four hits and struck out two batters.

Jeremy Wu-Yelland (Hawaii) also has not allowed an earned run in his lone appearance of the season. He struck out two, allowing two hits and a pair of walks against Falmouth on June 12.

Jimmy Ramsey (Kentucky) will make his third appearance for the Whitecaps and his second start. In his first relief appearance, he struck out the side in one inning of work. But in a start against Cotuit on June 14, the righty allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks.

Players to Watch

Spencer Torkelson’s (Arizona State) scheduled first start of the season was wiped out after two at-bats on Wednesday. In those two plate appearances (that won’t count toward his Cape Cod statistics), the 6-foot-1 first baseman hit a single and reached second on an error. Last season, Torkelson hit seven home runs for the A’s and made the CCBL All-Star game. Thursday will be his official return in the batting lineup before he heads off to Team USA.

Jamal O’Guinn (USC) is second in the CCBL in batting average with a .391 mark. In the seven games he’s appeared in, O’Guinn has reached base safely in all of them. With the addition of Torkelson, O’Guinn was the cleanup hitter on Wednesday, and he’s already shown power with one of the A’s two home runs on the season.

Stat to watch — .533

O’Guinn’s on-base percentage is the highest in the CCBL among players with 2.7 plate appearances per game. On top of his high batting average, the right-hander has seven walks, the most on the Anglers.

Last season

Chatham led the series, 5-3, including a pair of wins in the Eastern Division Championship Series by a combined score of 15-8.