CHATHAM, MA: A lot can change in just 24 hours in the fast paced Cape Cod Baseball League season. For the Wareham Gatemen, more players arrived, the top of the lineup was revamped, the team was seeing a new ballpark for the first time in 2011. Even the weather was different for Wareham’s first away game of the season.
One thing that DIDN’T change was the starting pitching as Bobby Brosnahan (Michigan) followed Justin Amlung’s (Louisville) strong effort in the opener and shutout the Chatham Anglers for 6 innings. Brosnahan, a left-hand pitcher, strike out 9 batters, allowed only 4 hits and walked two in his first Cape Cod Baseball League start; making an early case to be a regular in the still evolving Gatemen starting rotation.
Brosnahan was helped by an offense that gave him a lead to protect before he even threw a pitch. Center Fielder Brandon Thomas, also playing in his first CCBL game after arriving from Georgia Tech, singled to open the game. Johnny Field (Arizona), moved up to 2nd in the order after a 2 for 3, 2 rbi night vs. Hyannis on opening day, also singled on a perfectly executed hit and run to move Thomas to 3rd. William Carmona (Stony Brook) would then ground to 2nd base; allowing Thomas to score easily; giving the Gatemen a 1-0 lead.
Still in the first inning, the other Georgia Tech newcomer, Daniel Palka, would single to give Wareham runners at 1st and 3rd once again. That set the stage for Derek Dennis’ (Michigan) rbi single to right which put Wareham on top 2-0.
Wareham doubled their lead in the very next inning. A Brandon Thomas single and stolen base was followed by a walk to Johnny Field. William Carmona, who in just two games is proving to be one of the best hitters in the league, doubled to drive in two runs.
Brosnahan would get out of trouble in the 2nd inning thanks to a 4-6-3 inning ending double play and settle in nicely at chilly and often rainy Veterans Field. The Anglers would put the first two batters on base in the 5th inning but Brosnahan responded by striking out the side.
Chatham would cut the lead in half in the later innings off of the Wareham bullpen. Joseph Cherest (Fordham) was summoned to start the 7th inning and quickly put 3 runners on base. After striking out the first batter he faced, an infield error and two walks gave Chatham a bases loaded, two out opportunity. Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce) replaced Cherest and was able to limit the Anglers to just one run; a Joseph Sever (Pepperdine) sacrafice fly to left-field that cut the Gatemen lead to 4-1.
The Gatemen would load the bases in the 8th inning that included Brandon Thomas’ 4th hit of the game and his 2nd stolen base. However, they would all be left on base after a Carmona ground out to end the inning. That was 3 of 14 runners in total that were left on base during the game for Wareham.
Flynn would allow a couple of unearned runs in the 8th inning but Wareham quickly responded in the 9th to give themselves a nice cushion heading into the bottom half of the innng. With the bases loaded, Daniel Palka would score on a passed ball and two batters later, pinch hitter Ty Ross (LSU) would draw a walk to force in Wareham’s 6th and final run.
Steve Perakslis (Maine), making his own CCBL debut, picked up a save and closed out Wareham’s first victory of 2011.
Brosnhan (1-0) was the winning pitcher and Chatham’s starter Pat Light (Monmouth) took the loss. Offensively, the Gatemen were led by Brandon Thomas’ 4 for 6 night to go along with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. William Carmona had 2 more hits and 2 rbi plus a stolen base and Daniel Palka went 2 for 4 in his Gatemen debut. The top 3 hitters in the Gatemen lineup went 7 for 15 with 2 rbi, 4 runs scored and 3 stolen bases.
Wareham (1-1) will next play on Sunday at 4:00pm in game 1 of a double-header vs. the Brewster Whitecaps. Brent Suter (Harvard) is expected to start the first game for the Gatemen and Luke Farrell (Northwestern) is the probable starting pitcher for game 2.