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Game 27 preview: Falmouth at Chatham

by Anthony Dabbundo
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Game 27 preview: Falmouth at Chatham

One day after Chatham concluded its season series with Wareham, the A’s will play their final of four regular season meetings with Falmouth on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Veterans Field.

The Anglers enter Thursday’s game in the midst of their worst offensive stretch of the season. Following a rampant offensive start in July, when the A’s won six of their first seven games in the new month and scored 6.6 runs per game, Chatham has now lost three of four and been shutout in all three losses. Last night, Wareham beat the Anglers 7-0 after building a four-run lead after two innings. Despite the losses, the A's remain in first in their division. 

Falmouth has been a middle of the pack team for most of the season, and the Commodores currently sit in third place in the West Division. Falmouth has the third-highest team on-base percentage, but its offense has the third-fewest runs scored. 

Probable Pitchers

Ty Madden (Texas) will start for Chatham. The right-hander will make his second-consecutive start against the Commodores after he threw four innings and allowed two runs in game one of the doubleheader on July 5. Madden has posted a 2.20 ERA and 1.04 WHIP through five appearances.

Jack Owen (Auburn) will relieve Madden later in the game. The Auburn lefty allowed three earned runs in his first inning on the Cape, but has thrown 3.1 innings since without allowing an earned run. He did pick up a loss after an A’s error led to the winning run scoring against him last Friday.

Falmouth's projected starter, Tyler Ras (Alabama), is the fourth consecutive game Chatham will have seen a starting pitcher a second time. Cotuit’s Jackson Wolf on Monday, Harwich’s Connor McCullough on Tuesday and Wareham’s Ian Bedell on Wednesday are all repeats. Ras allowed two earned runs in five innings Friday against the A's, both on a Jamal O’Guinn (USC) two RBI single.

Player to Watch

Alex Toral (Miami) — Chatham’s offense has struggled of late, but Toral has two hits in his last two games. He’s the only Angler with hits in both games against Harwich on Tuesday and Wareham on Wednesday. He’s not off to a great start, but he’s putting more balls in play recently, with only two strikeouts in his last 15 at-bats. He should see some improvement his numbers if he keeps putting balls in play. 

Stat to know — 43

The Commodores lead the entire Cape League in stolen bases with 43. That number is eight more than any other team, and 15 more than Chatham. Falmouth has only been caught stealing nine times. 

Last time they met 

Chatham and Falmouth met for a doubleheader at Guv Fuller Field on July 5. In game one, the Commodores snapped Chatham’s five-game winning streak and won on a seventh-inning walk off single after a costly A’s error. 

The Anglers rallied in game two, building a 6-0 lead through 3.5 innings and surviving a late Commodores comeback to win 6-5 and split the doubleheader.