After the results of Saturday's games, is it too early to think that Bourne and Falmouth will be the West representatives in the West ? With Bourne beating Hyannis 2 - 0 and Falmouth defeating Orleans 6 - 4, the other three teams are now 10 points behind Falmouth for second place. With only 13 games remaining in the regular season, it will be very difficult for Wareham, Hyannis or Cotuit to catch either of the teams ahead of them. Having to gain 5 games with only 13 to play, while not impossible, will be a tall order. The only race seems to be for second place in the East. Y-D looks like a shoo-in for one playoff spot. Chatham now has a two point lead on Brewster and a three point lead over Orleans for second place. The next two and a half weeks should provide some interesting baseball for the contending teams in the East.
I attended the Brewster - Wareham and Cotuit - Chatham games on Saturday.
Brewster beat Wareham 3 - 0. Mike Colla (Arizona) pitched 8 innings for the Whitecaps and Lee Land (UNC-Greensboro) recorded the save. Wareham did not mount much of an offense. It seemed that the Gatemen and Whitecaps must be watching too many Major League games since this low scoring game took nearly three hours to complete. Brewster's first run scored on an RBI single by Ryan Babineau (UCLA) in the fourth inning. The score remained 1 - 0 into the seventh inning when Collin McHugh (Berry College) relieved Kendal Volz (Baylor). McHugh was ineffective in the seventh and Brewster added to their lead on the strength of a safety squeeze bunt by newcomer Ryan Hanlon (Cal.) and a throwing error by Wareham third baseman Jason Ogata (Oregon St.). McHugh settled down after the seventh inning but the damage was done.
Chatham defeated Cotuit 5 - 0. The A's Jermaine Curtis (UCLA) and Allan Dykstra (Wake Forest) were picked to the East All Star team earlier in the day and they didn't waste any time to show they are deserving of the honor. With two out in the bottom of the first inning, Curtis singled into leftfield. Dykstra then smoked a homerun to deep right-center field, giving the A's an early 2 - 0 lead. Curtis had three hits on the night, including a double off the base of the rightfield fence. Dykstra added an infield single later in the game. The A's added two more runs in the third inning to increase their lead to 4 - 0. That would be plenty of support for Tom Milone (USC). Milone pitched a complete-game five hitter. My unofficial count had him striking out 10 Kettleers.
Cotuit is struggling. They have now lost eight in a row. They never threatend in this game, producing only five hits. Caleb Joseph (Lipscomb) was the only Kettleer with multiple hits (two singles). Losing Mike Bianucci and Jason Rook has been a blow to Cotuit. Their roster is much different from what it was two weeks ago. Adam Calez (Cincinnati) made his Cape League debut and pitched a 1-2-3 eigth inning for the Kettleers.