BREWSTER, MA. The Gatmen used five different pitchers to record their most complete pitching effort of the season, limiting the Brewster Whitecaps to two hits in a 3-0 Wareham victory at Stony Brook Field. Wareham starter Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) set the tone by pitching three no-hit innings before coming out of the game. Armstrong, a pitcher on the Western Division All-Star Team, got his last tune-up before Thursday’s showcase at Fenway Park.
Scott Rembisz (Florida Atlantic) gave up one hit over two innings, keeping Brewster scoreless through the fourth and fifth. Bruce Kern (St. John’s) threw a 1-2-3 sixth inning, and Josh Slaats (Hawaii) pitched his way out of a seventh inning jam, stranding two runners. Brandon Workman (Texas), the Western Division All-Star Team starter, made his third appearance of the year, coming out of the bullpen to earn the save. Workman walked two batters but allowed no hits as he pitched the eighth and ninth.
The Gatemen (15-12-4) struggled for the second consecutive game on the offensive ends, totaling just five hits in the contest, but Wareham came up with enough timely hitting to pull away from the Whitecaps (11-15-4). With two outs and nobody on in the top of the fourth, George Springer (Connecticut) hit a towering home run that bounced off of the scoreboard in left field, putting Wareham on top 1-0.
In the sixth, Connor Rowe (Texas) led off the inning with a walk. He immediately stole second base, and the throw from catcher Zach Jones (Stanford) scooted into center field, allowing Rowe to move to third.
Shea Vucinich (Washington State) capitalized on the Brewster mistake, singling through the left side of the infield to bring home Rowe and extend the Gatemen lead to 2-0.
Wareham tacked on an added measure of insurance in the top of the seventh. With one out, Zach Wilson (Arizona State) drew a walk off of reliever Stayton Thomas (Texas). After Brett Eibner (Arkansas) struck out, Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge) walked to put runners on first and second. Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State) drove one the opposite way that bounced over the wall in left center for a ground rule double, bringing Wilson around to score and give the Gatemen a 3-0 lead.
The contest wrapped up the 2009 season series between Brewster and Wareham, with the Gatemen recording a 2-1-1 advantage against the Whitecaps. Wareham once again proved that they were more than capable of bouncing back from a disappointing loss to Chatham for the third time this season. After the two extra-inning losses that the Gatemen suffered at the Anglers’ expense and Sunday’s 1-0 loss in the bottom of the ninth, Wareham bounced back with a win in its next game each time.
The Gatemen have now won five of their last six games, maintaining a share of first place in the West with Cotuit (15-13-4). Wareham is two points ahead of their next opponent, Bourne (15-13-2). The slumping Braves have lost seven of nine, but are a perfect 3-0 against the Gatemen this year.
First pitch between the Braves and Gatemen is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Join broadcasters Alex Perlman and Kevin Copp for the Wareham Gatemen Pregame Show, beginning at 6:45!