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Game 19 Preview: Chatham at Brewster

by Tyler Schiff
Sunday, July 02, 2023

Game 19 Preview: Chatham at Brewster
Last time out, the infamous “fifth-inning fog” struck at Veterans Field, terminating Chatham’s home showdown with Hyannis in the top of the sixth inning. The Anglers jumped out to an early 4–1 lead, following a three-RBI homer from Hudson White in the bottom of the second inning, but wasn’t able to tack on a single hit afterward. The Harbor Hawks tallied six runs in the following three frames to build a 7–4 lead before the game was officially called in favor of Hyannis with four remaining innings.

After ending its two-game homestand with a loss, Chatham will face Brewster for the third time this season. The Whitecaps have struggled as of late, most recently falling 3–2 at Yarmouth-Dennis for their fifth consecutive loss, but shut out the Anglers on June 25 to the tune of a 6–0 victory. Brewster currently sits one spot above the A’s in the East Division at fourth place.

Here’s everything you need to know before Chatham (5–12–1 East) takes on Brewster (6–11–2 East).

Probable Starters

Hayden Durke (Rice): Through three appearances this season, Durke has totaled 13 strikeouts while conceding 12 runs. The Rice product is capable of throwing at velocities in the upper-90s but can be very inconsistent with his location. In Durke’s last outing against Brewster, the righty managed four strikeouts but also allowed five runs.

Rocco Reid (Brewster): Across five features for the Whitecaps, Reid has totaled a 4.32 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched. In Brewster’s first showdown with Chatham on June 11, the lefty allowed a season-high three runs but has only relinquished one since. On Saturday, he pitched two innings, garnering two strikeouts.

Chatham Players To Watch

Kaeden Kent (Texas A&M): Currently riding a five-game hit streak, Kent recorded one of his four RBIs in Saturday’s loss to Hyannis when he took a ball to left field for the game’s first score. In 16 features, Kent has put together 15 hits and accumulated five walks.

Jack Brodsky (Tampa): One of the Anglers’s “two best relievers,” according to Chatham manager Tom Holliday, expect Brodsky to come out of the pen against Brewster. In two innings pitched, he’s produced four strikeouts and conceded just one hit.

Brewster Players To Watch

James Tibbs (Florida State): Though Tibbs’ .213 batting average doesn’t jump off the page, his nine RBIs are good for second on the Whitecaps. In Brewster’s dominant 6–0 win over Chatham on June 25, Tibbs recorded an RBI in the bottom of the fourth inning to halt a three-game scoreless streak.

Trevor Werner (Texas A&M): Brewster’s most prolific hitter by far, Werner has tallied 11 RBIs in just as many hits. The highlight of Werner’s season came in a two-game stretch when he notched six-RBIs in a win against Bourne on June 24 before knocking in another three runs against Chatham the following day.

Number To Know: 129

Chatham’s 129 total hits this season ranks second to last in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The Anglers also rank in the bottom two across three other offensive categories such as at-bats (567), runs (68) and RBIs (56).

Last Time They Played

Brewster shut out the visiting Anglers 6–0 on June 25.

Chatham entered the contest after a rejuvenating 4–0 home victory over Falmouth, but mustered more errors (4) than hits (3) in a dejecting offensive showing.

On the bump for the A’s, Durke gave up five earned runs in just little over three innings pitched before Holliday called on Brodsky and Carlos Rey to finish the contest.

Werner’s three-RBI outing led the way for the Whitecap bats while Brewster starter Josh Timmerman fanned seven batters and conceded just one hit.