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Inclement weather continues to derail this week for the Chatham Anglers (4-3-1). Rain on Tuesday, fog on Wednesday and more rain on Thursday and Friday has now cancelled three games and ended one early. The A’s and the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (4-2-1) will play their second official game of the season at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Red Wilson Field.
Y-D enters Saturday on a three-game unbeaten streak, not having lost since the Anglers played the Red Sox at Veterans Field last Saturday. The Red Sox are the top hitting team on the Cape, with a .292/.373/.468 split, highest numbers in each category. And while the hitting is tops in the league, Y-D's team pitching WHIP is second worst, only to Hyannis.
Mason Hazelwood (Kentucky) has made two appearances for Chatham early in the season, and will start on Friday. The lefty pitched on opening night in Hyannis, tossing three scoreless innings and striking out four. Against Yarmouth-Dennis last weekend, Hazelwood did allow a run, his lone blemish on the season, but struck out six and managed an immaculate seventh inning, picking up the win in the process.
Burl Carraway (Dallas Baptist) recently received an invite to the Team USA training camp. He's been in Chatham for more than a week, but because of the weather, hasn't been able to pitch. He's looking to make a one-inning appearance before he leaves on Tuesday, and Saturday could be that chance.
Ian Seymour (Virginia Tech) is the projected starter for the Red Sox. The left-hander pitched five innings June 11 against Orleans, his lone appearance on the Cape in 2019. Seymour allowed two runs on five hits and picked up the win.
Cade Cabbiness (Oklahoma State) couldn’t have asked for a better first at-bat as an Angler. The first swing, Cabbiness clocked a home run over the center field wall to give Chatham a 1-0 lead on Thursday. Cabbiness has elite power ability and said he’s continued to work with hitting coach Mickey Tettleton to improve his stance to stand up more.
The raw numbers will say that Ben Ramirez (USC) has just two hits in his last 17 at-bats. But look past that, and Ramirez has struck out just twice through this stretch and continues to hit the ball hard everywhere. Friday, Ramirez made solid contact all four times he came to the plate, all line outs or deep flies to the outfield. He’ll find hits as he continues to put the barrel to the ball.
The last time Mason Hazelwood took the mound, the top of the seventh against Y-D last Saturday, he needed just nine pitches to strike out the side. An immaculate inning. He later said he had never even heard of the term “immaculate inning,” but the A’s bullpen made sure he knew when he came off the field.
The A’s and the Red Sox last met on Wednesday at Veterans Field, but the game only played three innings and was cancelled due to fog with Y-D leading 2-0. In their first official meeting on June 15, Chatham's five-run fifth inning and three-run triple by Keaton Rice (Bradley) propelled the A's to a 7-3 victory.