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Game 25 Preview: Chatham at Falmouth

by Tyler Schiff
Saturday, July 15, 2023

Game 25 Preview: Chatham at Falmouth
Following a 3–0 shutout victory over Yarmouth-Dennis, Chatham slumped to a 15–6 loss at Hyannis on Friday. The Anglers allowed 13 total hits and four multi-run innings to further stall their ongoing search for back-to-back wins this season.

The A’s will now face Falmouth to end a two-game road trip. Across two prior meetings this season, both sides have won once. The Commodores are coming off a 12–5 loss to Cotuit, which halted a three-game win streak, and currently sit at fourth place in the Cape Cod Baseball League’s West Division.

Here’s everything you need to know before Chatham (7–16–1 East) travels to Falmouth (13–13–2 West).

Probable Starters

Gabe Davis (Oklahoma State): Davis’ last outing lasted just a few pitches before Chatham’s game against Wareham on July 10 was fogged out. Through three features on the mound this season, Davis boasts a 0.93 ERA and nine strikeouts.

Michael Barnett (UCLA): Possessing a 3.17 ERA after three appearances this summer, Barnett’s best performance came in a five-inning showing at Orleans in a 6–3 win. The rising sophomore tallied three strikeouts and conceded a single run in the affair. With the Bruins in 2023, Barnett started nine times and garnered one win.

Chatham Players To Watch

JJ Wetherholt (West Virginia): Wetherholt returned to the Cape on Friday after putting up a .263 batting average over a two-week span with the USA’s Collegiate National Team. The Mountaineer notched an RBI double in the top of the fourth inning against Hyannis and will likely assume the leadoff hitting role at Falmouth.

Bryce Martin-Grudzielanek (USC): Though Martin-Grudzielanek hasn’t recorded a hit in his first two Chatham appearances, the righty’s power is bound to shine through. This past season, Martin-Grudzielanek recorded a .302 batting average and 40 RBIs in the PAC-12. The Trojan has served as a reliable defensive option at second base.

Falmouth Players To Watch

Kade Snell (Wallace Community College): Snell’s RBI double in the ninth inning of Falmouth’s last contest marked his 11th this season. Snell leads the Commodores with a .365 batting average through 52 appearances at the plate. Snell pitched during the collegiate season as well, registering a 4.91 ERA in 66 innings.

Kyle DeBarge (Louisiana Lafayette): On Friday, DeBarge suffered his first hitless game after enjoying a five-game hitting streak dating back to July 8. He leads Falmouth with 14 RBIs and has poured in 22 total barrels this summer.

Number To Know: 14

Chatham’s 15–6 loss to Hyannis marked the first time it gave up double-digit runs in 14 days. The last time the Anglers did so was at Guv Fuller Field in a 13–4 loss to Falmouth. Saturday will serve as an opportune time for the A’s to get their pitching staff back on track and prevent double-digit scores for the seventh time this season.

Last Time They Played

Chatham fell to Falmouth 13–4 on June 29. The loss marked the Anglers’ fourth consecutive defeat after they suffered losses to Y-D, Brewster and Bourne.

Though the Commodores went scoreless in the opening inning, they managed to tack on 10 by the top of the sixth inning. Falmouth’s Christian Martin and Nolan Humphreys tallied two RBIs each.

On the defensive side, Chatham committed five errors while its offense struck out 13 times.