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Game 28 & 29 Preview: Chatham hosts Wareham and Falmouth in doubleheader

by Tyler Schiff
Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Game 28 & 29 Preview: Chatham hosts Wareham and Falmouth in doubleheader
Chatham will host Wareham at 1 p.m. and Falmouth at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in its first doubleheader of the 2023 season. Both contests were postponed from their original times due to fog. The Anglers were slated to play the Gatemen on July 10 and the Commodores on July 7.

On Monday, Chatham snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6–3 extra-inning win over Wareham at Spillane Field. The A’s overcame a three-run hole to tie the matchup in the seventh frame and registered another three unanswered in the 10th. Falmouth, on the other hand, are coming off a 10–2 loss at Hyannis.

The Commodores and Gatemen currently make up fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the Cape Cod Baseball League’s West Division. Chatham sits at the bottom of the East.

Here’s everything you need to know before the Anglers (8–18–1 East) take on the Gatemen (11–17–2 West) and the Commodores (14–15–2 West).

Probable Starters

VS. Wareham
Yoel Tejeda (Florida): Through five appearances this summer, Tejeda has garnered a 5.78 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched. Tejeda picked up his first loss in his last outing after allowing two earned runs and six hits during an 8–6 loss to Falmouth.

Jack Sokol (Pittsburgh): After an electric nine-strikeout performance in his Chatham debut, Sokol has struggled in his last two features. In back-to-back starts, Sokol has relinquished a combined 10 earned runs and 11 hits.

VS. Falmouth
Evan O’Toole (Oklahoma State): O’Toole boasts a 1.42 ERA in 6.1 innings pitched this summer. He’s tallied seven total strikeouts and hasn’t conceded a single walk, giving up just seven hits this summer.

Ben Peterson (North Carolina): Peterson’s last two appearances on the mound have displayed zero allowed runs in 7.2 innings. His eight combined strikeouts along the way helped Chatham to wins over Yarmouth-Dennis and Harwich.

Chatham Players To Watch

Bryce Martin-Grudzielanek (Southern California): Martin-Grudzielanek enters Tuesday’s double-header on a two-run hit streak. On Sunday, against Brewster, the Trojan tacked on two RBIs and succeeded the performance with two runs and two base hits at Wareham. In four games with Chatham, Martin-Grudzielanek possesses a .308 batting average.

Zach MacDonald (Miami Ohio): MacDonald recorded Chatham’s game-tying hit in the top of the seventh inning at Wareham on Monday. Through six games on the Cape, MacDonald has produced a hit in five, including a homer in both his home and away debuts.

Wareham Players To Watch

Michael Brooks (Kansas): Brooks was one of two Gatemen to hit an RBI against the Anglers in an eventual 6–3 loss. A newcomer to Wareham, Brooks has managed to bring a runner home in each of his two appearances this season and holds three connections in nine at-bats.

Tommy Splaine (Arizona): Splaine arrives at Veterans Field with potential to chart a seven-game hitting streak. The last time he came up empty at the plate was on July 2 at Orleans. Splaine owns a .400 batting average and has also totaled eight walks this season.

Falmouth Players To Watch

Gavin Kilen (Louisville): Kilen’s 15 RBIs this season is a good indication of why he’s enjoyed the most at-bats (90) of any Commodore in 2023. The last time Kilen faced Chatham, the Cardinal rang up two RBIs in a 10–6 win.

Travis Bazzana (Oregon State): A 2023 Cape League All-Star starter, Bazzana leads Falmouth with three home runs and is tied for a team-best 15 RBIs. Bazzana has a .325 batting average but came up empty in five at-bats during the Commodores’ 10–2 loss at Hyannis on Monday.

Number To Know: 3

Tuesday’s doubleheader at Veterans Field is just one of three scheduled for Chatham in the month of July. After nine total Anglers games were affected due to inclement weather, the A’s will play Orleans four times in the next 10 days.

On July 21, Chatham will play at Eldredge Park twice and, on July 28, the Anglers will host the Firebirds twice.

Last Time They Played

VS. Wareham
On Monday, Chatham defeated Wareham 6–3 after 10 innings. A Bryce Martin-Grudzielanek grounder tied the game in the seventh frame to force extra baseball.

The Anglers eventually took the lead with a Deric Fabian single before JJ Wetherholt dialed a two-RBI double to clinch the A’s victory and end a three-game losing streak.

VS. Falmouth
Chatham’s pitching staff relinquished double-digit runs for the second straight time on July 15 in a 10–6 loss at Falmouth.

After the Anglers jumped out to an early 3–0 lead, off a Nolan Schubart home run, the Commodores notched nine runs in three innings en route to a commanding win.