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Game 21 Preview: Orleans at Chatham

by Graham Dietz
Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Game 21 Preview: Orleans at Chatham
While Chatham was scheduled to play Orleans Tuesday night at Eldredge Park, the two sides will now have to reconvene at Veterans Field instead. The Anglers were slated to play back-to-back games against the Firebirds from July 4 to July 5, but the Independence Day matchup was postponed to July 21 due to rain. July 21 will now serve as a seven-inning doubleheader.

Chatham has not garnered back-to-back wins this season, but has a chance to string together two consecutive wins on Wednesday when the Firebirds visit. The A's, who hold the Cape Cod Baseball League's worst run differential (-44), defeated East Division leaders Harwich on Monday 10-6 behind fifth-inning home runs from Carter Trice and Lyle Miller-Green.

Here are the pregame notes before Chatham (6–13–1 East) takes on Orleans (10–10–0 East).

Probable Pitchers

Miles Langhorne (Charlotte): In his last feature facing Bourne, Langhorne started strong, tallying six strikeouts, but eventually gave up three earned runs in an 8–2 loss. Through three appearances this season, Langhorne averages a 6.00 ERA.

Evan Truitt (Charleston Southern): Through 11 total innings this summer, Truitt has managed a 2.45 ERA with nine strikeouts and only three walks. In his most recent outing, a three-inning appearance against Falmouth on June 28, Truitt fanned two batters and allowed only one hit.

Chatham Players To Watch

Lyle Miller-Green (Austin Peay): Miller-Green spearheaded Chatham’s bounceback win over Harwich with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. A formidable power-hitter, he boasts a team-best three home runs and nine RBIs across 14 total hits this season.

Carter Trice (NC State): Trice registered his first home run in an Anglers uniform against the Mariners on Monday as well. In 16 at-bats this summer, Trice leads Chatham with a .375 batting average and has struck out only four times.

Orleans Players To Watch

Joichiro Oyama (California Irvine): Boasting a .364 batting average in 55 at-bats, Oyama is currently riding a three-game hit streak. He’s garnered a team-high 11 walks and has tacked on a rare six triples. Against Hyannis on Monday, Oyama notched one of his six RBIs this season in an 8–6 win.

Johnny Olmstead (Southern California): On July 2, Olmstead enjoyed a three-hit, two-RBI outing during a 7–6 victory over Wareham. Though the righty slugger couldn’t find a barrel facing the Harbor Hawks, his two home runs and 10 total RBIs lead Orleans.

Number to Know: 3

Of the top 20 hitters in the Cape League—each must have a minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per game—three feature from Chatham’s roster. Lyle Miller-Green (.292), Kaeden Kent (.286), and Nolan Schubart (.268), by their batting average, are all top-20 Cape League batters as it currently stands.

Last Time They Played

Chatham shut out Orleans in a 2–0 victory at Veterans Field on June 13. After a tie and a loss to open the 2023 season, pitchers Brody Brecht and Matt Wilkinson led the Anglers to their first win of the summer.

Brecht, who started against the Firebirds, tallied five strikeouts in four innings while Wilkinson fanned eight batters in relief. On the offensive end, Chatham recorded a single run in both the third and seventh innings, respectively.