WAREHAM, MA: Aaron Bummer (Nebraska) pitched 7 shutout innnings, allowed only 4 hits and struck out 2 to lead the Harwich Mariners to a 2-1 win on Saturday evening at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. Tucker Simpson (Florida) allowed two earned runs and still earned the loss on Saturday night.
That’s how the season has gone for Wareham. When the pitching is good, the bats go silent. When the bats come alive, the pitching is struggling. Simpson allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched with four strikeouts against Harwich in the Mariners’ 2-1 victory at Whitehouse Field.
It was a pitchers dual between Simpson and Aaron Bummer until the seventh inning when Harwich got two runs.
After Simpson put down Mark Zagunis swinging, Kevin Krause walked. Ian Happ pinch ran for Krause and advanced to second on a single by Ben Moore.
Josh Anderson then doubled to deep left center, scoring both Happ and Moore, making it 2-0 Harwich. Ryan Riga (Ohio State) then came in and did what he’s done all season – picked up the mess left behind by the previous pitcher.
In Simpson’s first start of the season, he was impressive. He threw 77 pitches, 50 for strikes. Losses for Wareham have typically come by one bad inning for a pitcher and the seventh inning was the bad inning on Friday. However, two runs given up was enough for a loss, a sign that the offense was silent.
The Gatemen finished with six hits, the same for the Mariners, but one of the hits for Harwich found the deep outfield and that’s how the team scores runs.
In the top of the ninth, the Gatemen gave it all they had. Willie Schwanke (Arkansas) walked to lead off the inning. Schwanke then stole second and Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) singled to left center, allowing Schwanke to score for the first Wareham run.
It wasn’t enough, and Wareham will have to look to snap the six-game losing streak on Sunday night against Brewster at Spillane Field. Andro Cutura is expected to get the ball for the Gatemen against the Whitecaps – first pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.