Welcome to the Cape, Greg! Hope you have great weather and see a lot of good baseball. The beat goes on. After last night's 5-4 win at Chatham, Orleans is on a 14-1-1 streak. That was the Cardinals second one-run victory over the A's in that time.
Harwich has strengthened their hold on second place in the East by going 6-1 in the past week. It is even more impressive when you realize they have done that without Dustin Ackley's bat in the middle of their lineup. Andrew Giobbi has returned from an injury suffered earlier in the season. In his first game back, Giobbi was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. In that game, the Mariners pounded Y-D, 17-4.
Four of Harwich's last five victories have been by one run.
The 17-4 defeat came one week after Falmouth beat Y-D, 18-4.
After shutting out the Red Sox on Thursday, Brewster gave up 7, 10 and 10 runs in their next three games. The Whitecaps pitching is a mess. The loss of Tim Clubb necessitated the use of Rory McKean as a starter on Friday. McKean had been serving as Brewster's closer. The Whitecaps team ERA has risen to 4.21, dropping them into next-to-last place in that category. Y-D (4.89) is last. Note to the Red Sox: Giving up 18 runs and 17 runs in two games can do that to you.
Chatham's Grant Green and Cory Olson have dipped below .400 and dropped to third and fourth respectively in the batting title race. They have been surpassed by two new .400 hitters - Bourne's Marc Krauss (.415) and Falmouth's A.J. Pollock (.400).
Even though Orleans has only one loss in their last 16 games, they remain in next-to-last place in team batting with a .229 avg.
Kyle Blair is expected to make his first appearance for Chatham tomorrow when the A's play Y-D. Blair was on the early-season roster, but was held back due to a tired arm. Blair was added to Chatham's roster when Jeff Lorick left the team for medical reasons.
Chatham better hope that the three "O's" in the outfield - Corey Overholtzer, Even Ocheltree, Cory Olson - stay healthy. They are only carrying four outfielders and the fourth, Gabe Cohen, has not played since an attempted bunt came up and hit him in the face last week. Chatham had already lost Dylan Brown and Aaron Miller to injury earlier in the season. The lack of depth forced the A's to play Matt Harvey in rightfield for an inning last week. They can not make any more roster moves.
Looks like Cotuit is feeling the effects of losing Robbie Shields (.349 through 12 games), Mike Bianucci (.282; 5 HR), and now Danny Meszaros (1.37 ERA in 19+ innings). The Kettleers are hanging tough in the West, but they have now lost three straight.
As of this morning, in the West, Bourne has 34 pts., Hyannis 32, Falmouth 31 and Cotuit 31. Falmouth has the benefit of having two games in hand on those other teams. Come to think of it, since those games are against Harwich and Orleans, that may not be much of a benefit.
Hyannis has lost seven straight. They have lost in various ways. Big scores (13-2, 9-8). Small scores (2-0, 1-0). Three consecutive losses in that time were by one run. Wareham has beaten the Mets in three of those seven games.
Cotuit has now stolen 29 bases and been caught stealing 25 times. The percentage was terrible last week. It's worse now. Hey Mike, the running game ain't working !
Orleans (2.95) is the only team with an ERA below 3.00.
Yarmouth-Dennis (11) leads only Bourne (9) in homeruns. That's not good when you play half of your games at Red Wilson Field. Brewster leads with 20.
Last week, Larry described the scoreboard at Stony Brook School as "gaudy." That's a pretty good description. Something about those red lights on the teal scoreboard.
In the race for second place in the East, Harwich has 36 pts., Chatham 30 and Brewster 29. Chatham hosts Harwich tonight and has one other game left with the Mariners. Harwich has won all four games between the teams this year. The Mariners are 1-2 vs. Brewster. As my son, Brian, pointed out this morning, it is getting to that point in the season where Chatham and Brewster have to think sweep against Harwich the rest of the way. Keeping in mind that Harwich has a game in hand, splitting the two games may not be good enough for the A's, and 2-1 may not do the trick for the Whitecaps.
After sending Kyle Kamppi home for a violation of team rules, Orleans has not missed a beat with Alex Hassan taking over the closers role. Hassan has not given up a run in his five appearances, allowing only two hits and one walk, while striking out seven.
Falmouth's Chris Gloor does not have a decision in his nine appearances. He has a 1.95 ERA and will look for a "W" when he is scheduled to start on Wednesday against Harwich.
The Commodores are second in team batting (.272) and first in runs scored (161).
Hope the infamous fog stays away from Veterans Field for the All Star game. Speaking of Chatham, there is a funny t-shirt that can be seen around town. "Chatham: A Quaint Drinking Village With A Fishing Problem."
What is it about the number 6 ? In their last twelve games, Bourne is 6-6 and they rank sixth in team batting and sixth in team pitching.
The playing surface looks great, but I wonder why there are no distance markers on the outfield fence at Wilson Field ?
Wareham has won three in a row. They play at Cotuit today and take on Falmouth at Martha's Vineyard tomorrow. Their playoff chances are slim, but if they can win those two divisional games, the Gatemen could make things interesting for the four teams ahead of them.
Just my thought, but on a good day, the Cape Cod Times coverage of the CCBL is "fair." Other days it would be something less than fair. Yeah, I know they give us the daily wrap-up of games and on Friday's they give us the "Cape League Spotlight," "Cape League Extra," and "Cape League Characters." Good stuff. I enjoyed the article on Mike Carrier. But really, how much do we learn about the league by reading the print or online edition ? Oh yeah, they did tell us that Orleans is the lone holdout in the CCBL-MLB nickname/logo/merchandising flap. How many games do they actually staff with a reporter ? CapeMan was absolutely right when he commented about the Dustin Ackley situation. Here you have one of the best players in college baseball, playing in the premier summer league in the Times' backyard, and nary a word about him. There has been nothing added to the Cape League Insider blog since last Thursday. I'm sure someone from the CC Times would say that they provide more info on the CCBL than any other outlet. Well, since they are Cape Cod's daily newspaper, would it hurt to provide some team news in addition to the scores and wrapups ? I'm sure most teams like to keep info close to the vest too. Do I have to know what is going on ? No. Are we entitled to know ? No. But, as one example, what harm would it bring to the Harwich organization for the public to know the whereabouts of Ackley, if he really went home to have surgery on bone spurs, etc. ? There are personal issues that we don't have a right to know about. I'm not talking about every player either. When a high-profile player, or someone who has been having a good season, is going to miss a few games because he is hurt, leaves the Cape due to injury, or signs a professional contract, I think that qualifies as "news" and not an invasion of privacy.