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Game 29 preview: Chatham at Hyannis

by Anthony Dabbundo
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Game 29 preview: Chatham at Hyannis

Chatham didn’t win on Friday, but the Anglers snapped their three game losing streak with a tie. Saturday, the A’s will try to end their longest winless streak of the season when they travel to McKeon Park in Hyannis at 6 p.m. to take on the Harbor Hawks. (The game was originally scheduled for 5 p.m.)

Friday at Yarmouth-Dennis, starter Daniel Federman (Miami) allowed a run in the opening inning before shutting down the Red Sox with seven innings of one-run pitching. The A’s offense had little success and managed just one run, an eighth inning tally to earn a 1-1 tie. 

Hyannis is statistically the Cape League’s worst team in multiple categories. With just six wins, the Harbor Hawks have four fewer wins than every other team, and 10 fewer than league-leading Wareham. Hyannis’ pitching staff has allowed the most runs, hits, walks and highest batting average. 

Offensively, the Harbor Hawks have improved of late, pushing their batting average and runs scored to sixth in the Cape League. 

Probable Pitchers

Kolby Kubichek (Texas) will start for the A’s. Kubichek has now made five outings for the Anglers, throwing 20 innings and allowing just three earned runs. Two of those earned runs came in his last start against Brewster, when Kubichek delivered three no-hit innings before allowing a two-run home run. Without any run support, the right-hander picked up a loss. 

Austin Vernon (NC Central) has proven himself as a valuable reliever for the Anglers. His last two outings, both in relief, Vernon has thrown 6.1 innings and allowed just one earned run. He entered against Harwich on July 2 with two runners on and no outs and escaped the jam. He’s recorded 21 strikeouts in 14 innings.

Glenn Albanese (Louisville) is the projected starter for Hyannis. In his three appearances since the College World Series, the righty has thrown 6.2 innings, and allowed runs in each outing. His 8.10 ERA and 2.55 WHIP suggest Chatham could find success offensively. 

Player to Watch

Saul Garza (LSU) was activated on Saturday by the A’s. The Tigers made a run to the NCAA Super Regionals, and Garza was their starting catcher. Garza hit .303 with five HRs and 27 RBIs while proving himself as a quality defensive catcher. Garza was drafted in the 32nd round by Kansas City.

Stat to know — -83

The Harbor Hawks have the worst run differential in the Cape League with 194 runs allowed and just 111 scored. Their differential is 76 runs worse than the second lowest team, Brewster at six below. They have lost by five or more runs 11 times. 

Last time they met 

Hyannis and Chatham last played at Veterans Field on June 29. Behind four shutout innings from starter Ty Madden (Texas) the A’s used a four-run third inning to beat the Harbor Hawks 6-1. 

Alex Toral (Miami) hit his first home run, and Kaden Polcovich (Oklahoma State) singled in two more runs.