WAREHAM, Mass. The Gatemen snapped one streak on Tuesday night – three straight ties – but continued another unfortunate streak – getting the lead and giving it up – in a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Brewster Whitecaps. Tuesday’s contest marked the fifth straight time that the Gatemen (10-11-4) had a lead in a ballgame and failed to win.
Wareham had a 6-2 lead in the seventh inning against Harwich, a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning against Yarmouth-Dennis that evaporated on a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth, a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning over Cotuit in the first game of the doubleheader, and a 3-2 lead over the Kettleers in game two. The Harwich contest ended up a 9-7 loss for the Gatemen, and the latter three games all ended in ties.
Tonight, Wareham wasted no time jumping out to an early lead, as Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) drew a one-out walk in the first inning. After Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) popped out, George Springer (Connecticut) laced an RBI double just inside the left field line, scoring Dietrich from first base to make the score 1-0 Gatemen.
After that, it was all Brewster (10-11-3). The Whitecaps scored five unanswered runs, with two each in the third and fourth innings, all charged to Wareham starter Matt Barnes (Connecticut).
The highlight of the of the Wareham pitching effort was Bruce Kern (St. John’s). Kern entered in relief of Barnes with two outs in the fourth inning and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out five and walking three.
Wareham will have two chances to notch their first win since a 5-1 victory over Chatham last Wednesday, as the Gatemen travel to Harwich for a doubleheader against the Mariners (11-13) beginning at 4:30 p.m.