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Game 13 Preview: Chatham at Brewster

by Graham Dietz
Sunday, June 25, 2023

Game 13 Preview: Chatham at Brewster
With a road trip to Brewster on Sunday, the Anglers are searching for their first back-to-back wins in 2023. Chatham defeated Falmouth 4–1 behind five perfect innings from starter Gabe Davis, a nine-strikeout relief performance by Jack Sokol and a two-RBI Casserilla homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

"It's hard to pull a team together fast enough,” Holliday said after the win. “My message today was no more than 'I don't want you to come up here and think I'm barking at you.' But I do want you to get better, and we do know how to make them better. We got through the game with the perfect script."

Here is all the information for the A’s (4–7–1 East) Sunday evening East-division showdown with the Whitecaps (5–6–2 East).

Probable Starters

Hayden Durke (Rice): Making his return to Chatham from the MLB Draft Combine, Durke is expected to make his second start of the year for the A’s. The Rice product’s 12.60 ERA is not indicative of his first start this season—a four-inning one-hitter in a 7–4 win over the Gateman on June 16. Durke recorded six strikeouts and three walks in the affair. Before making his first start, Durke made a relief appearance for starter Parker Smith in the Anglers’ opening-day 10–10 draw with Brewster. He allowed six runs in just one inning.

Josh Timmerman (Ohio State): In three appearances for Brewster this season, Timmerman has not allowed a single run nor given up a single hit. In a 4–4 tie with Wareham on June 19, Timmerman pitched four innings, recording five strikeouts and one walk. His two other appearances came against Cotuit on June 14 and Yarmouth-Dennis on June 12.

Chatham Players to Watch

Nolan Schubart (Oklahoma State): Schubart has steadily improved this season after going hitless in his first two appearances. The six-foot-five OSU freshman went 2–4 at the plate in the Anglers’ 4–1 victory over the Commodores Saturday. His fielding percentage is in need of an uptick, though after he missed a routine fly ball in left field in Chatham’s 8–4 loss to Wareham on Friday.

Matthew Etzel (Southern Mississippi): Etzel is slated to make his first start of the 2023 season, and it should be an exciting one. Etzel contributed majorly to the Golden Eagles’ run in the 2023 College Men’s World Series, averaging .317 at the plate with 51 RBIs.

Brewster Players to Watch

Brock Tibbitts (Indiana): In 33 at-bats this season, Tibbitts has tallied 12 hits and six RBIs. His .364 batting average leads the Whitecaps’ lineup, but Tibbitts has not posted a home run yet this season.

Trevor Werner (Texas A&M): While only notching two hits in 12 at-bats this season, Werner registered six RBIs in Brewster’s 9–5 defeat of Bourne on Saturday. Werner blasted his first home run of the season en route to a two-hit, six-RBI day. Let’s see if he can continue this streak.

Number to Know: 2

For the second time this season, Chatham’s pitching staff held the opposing bats to just two hits. Davis, Sokol, and Maxx Yehl combined for 16 total strikeouts in the game and walked only two batters all game. The last time the A’s pitchers held an opponent to less than two hits was in a 2–1 victory over the Red Sox. Starter Brody Brecht and reliever Matt “Tugboat” Wilkinson combined for eight strikeouts and only two hits against in that affair.

Last Time They Played

The first time the two teams faced off, Chatham tied 10–10 with Brewster in its season-opener on June 11.

The Anglers’ bats started off hot, recording seven runs in the first four innings to jump out to a 7–1 lead. On the mound, A’s starter Parker Smith tallied six strikeouts and allowed just two hits before Hayden Durke came in for relief.

In the top of the seventh frame, amid three scoreless innings for Chatham, things took a turn for the worst. The Whitecaps came from behind, notching seven unanswered runs to take an 8–7 lead.

Eventually, a tenth and final inning was needed to separate Chatham and Brewster. Righty pitcher Ervis Solis kept the contest knotted at 10–10 but the Anglers offense couldn’t capitalize on a potential walk-off opportunity. After ending 2022 with a Cape League-best nine ties, the same result revealed itself to begin 2023.