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Chatham will be without manager Tom Holliday, shortstop Marcus Brown and second baseman Roc Riggio in tonight's game. Following a controversial balk call in the ninth inning to bring in Bourne's first run, Holliday approached first base umpire Jason Klump, who made the call.
'(The umpire) said that (Rey) had to designate himself throwing out of the windup with a runner on third,' Chatham pitching coach Jay Powell said. 'I've never heard of it. I'm not saying it's not a rule, but I've never heard of it."
Klump pointed at Brown and Riggio after the Braves' walked off with a grand slam home run, signaling their ejection as well. Randy Whisler will serve at the Anglers' acting manager against Yarmouth-Dennis.
Ben Hampton (West Virginia) will take the mound for the Anglers. The lefty has the best ERA with at least 10 innings pitched ' 1.45 in 24.2 innings. He's struck out 28 batters this season.
Grant Taylor will start for Y-D, making his third appearance against the Anglers this season. In the Red Sox's 8-1 win over Chatham on June 30, Taylor gave up two hits while striking out seven batters. He gave up six hits in his most previous performance, a 2-2 tie against Hyannis.
Mitchell Daly (Texas) could play at shortstop for Chatham tonight, playing second base against the Braves on Thursday. Daly has a .250 batting average this season, appearing in 10 games so far this season.
Matt Hogan (South Carolina) could also see some time because of the lack of two infielders, mostly pinch hitting this year. Hogan has the best batting average with at least 10 at-bats (''.290).
Cole Carrigg leads the Red Sox with a .304 batting average. His best performance came in a 6-6 tie to Harwich, where he recorded three hits and brought in two runs. The San Diego State senior is also tied for the most RBIs on the team with 14.
Luke Shliger sits behind Carrig with a .293, tied with the most walks on the team with 15. He has 17 hits this season.
The Anglers have blown leads in 10 games this season, losing half of those matchups while tying the rest. Chatham has given up at least three runs in a single inning during eight of those games, including six in the ninth inning on Thursday.
The Anglers blew a lead twice against the Red Sox in their most previous matchup. In the fourth inning, Riggio gave Chatham its first lead of the game after looping a two-RBI single into left field. But Trevor Martin gave up four runs in the ensuing frame.
Chatham momentarily came back with four runs in the sixth inning and Caden Grice provided three straight 1-2-3 innings. But he lost control of his slider and fastball in the bottom of the ninth and the Red Sox tied the game.
'That's the best game we've played,' manager Tom Holliday said. 'We didn't quit, we didn't roll over, we played until the end.'