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Chatham will take on East Division rivals Brewster three times in the next five days, starting with game one of the home-and-home series on Monday at Veterans Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Monday’s game is a makeup game from June 21, when the game was postponed due to rain. The Anglers enter the divisional matchup having rebounded from their three game losing streak with back-to-back wins against Hyannis.
Chatham rallied in the seventh inning on Sunday, scoring four runs in the frame, two on an RBI single by Alex Toral (Miami). The A’s have struggled to hit most of the last week, starting with Brewster’s shutout win at Veterans Field just eight days ago.
The Whitecaps have been hovering around the .500 mark most of the season since their early six game win streak. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games and most recently lost 8-3 to Wareham on Sunday night.
While the Anglers hitters have collectively slumped, Chatham pitching continues to stifle opponents.
Zarion Sharpe (UNC Wilmington) will start for the Anglers. Tom Holliday said before Sunday’s game that he was surprised Sharpe didn’t get an All-Star bid. In 15 innings and two starts, the lefty has conceded just two earned runs, both in his last outing against Harwich. Sharpe pitched well, but allowed a two-run home run in five innings and picked up a loss.
Jeremy Wu-Yelland (Hawaii) will relieve Sharpe again on Monday. Wu-Yelland threw three scoreless innings behind Sharpe last Tuesday at Harwich, keeping the A’s within two runs. The southpaw has conceded three earned runs in 13 innings, all came against the Whitecaps in their first meeting.
Stephen Emanuels (Washington) is the projected starter for Brewster. The right-hander has made five appearances on the Cape, and allowed at least one run in four of the outings. He’s yet to pitch more than 3.2 innings in one outing and has posted a 5.68 ERA.
Colin Hall (Georgia Tech) has found plenty of success against his former Cape League team. Hall had two hits in both games against the Harbor Hawks on Saturday and Sunday. He’s improved his batting average to .234 and notched important singles that spark rallies. Sunday, Hall’s infield drbbler up the third base line tied the game.
The Whitecaps rank second in the Cape League in home runs with 24, two behind Cotuit. But Brewster’s away power numbers are staggering. In 15 road games, Brewster has 16 home runs, including two in the last meeting at Veterans Field.
Chatham and Brewster played at Veterans Field on June 7. The A’s were playing their best baseball of the season, having won seven of eight. Whitecaps’ starter Chandler Jozwiak tossed five scoreless innings and Brewster hit two home runs to beat the Anglers 3-0.