I am writing this on Monday morning and it is a beautiful cool day on Cape (sunny, upper 60s), and a great day for the players to enjoy the first league-wide off-day of the season. A sunny league-wide off-day did not happen in the 2006 season due to rain. This is an exciting week, and should lead to huge crowds bouncing between games, cookouts, and fireworks displays. Last night, I caught the 11-3 Brewster victory at Arnie Allen Diamond (at Guv Fuller Field) in Falmouth. Every starting position player for Brewster got a hit last night. The Commodores continue to have a disappointing season with only two players carrying their offense: junior Matthew Hague (Washington) and sophomore Conor Gillaspie (Wichita). Falmouth's Louisiana Tech pitchers (Mosely and Burnett) were ineffective last night against the Whitecaps bats, though 6'8" Luke Burnett certainly intimidated players as I overheard a lot of chatter from the Whitecaps dugout about his 96mph heater.
Stanford's homegrown Mountain View native Erik Davis got the start for Brewster and went an easy five innings with seven strikeouts to get the win. The Falmouth bats did not come alive until the 8th and 9th, leaving the crowd optimistic for the week to come. Andrew Giobbi (Vanderbilt) hit a 335 foot shot to left in the 9th which made what was left of the Sunday evening crowd hopeful for a comeback, though Homer (the mascot) had already packed his bags and left. Giobbi's home run marks the first home run this season for a Commodore at home at Guv Fuller Field. This is surprising, and may point to Falmouth's hardship, since Guv Fuller allows the most home runs out of any of the Cape League parks, by far.
Click here for a photoset from the game. Here is a video of Luke Burnett striking out Robin Yount's nephew Austin Yount (Stanford):