WAREHAM, MA: The Wareham Gatemen offense once again fell flat in a wall to wall 8-2 loss to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox at Spillane Field.
Y-D starting pitcher Alex Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) entered the contest with a lofty 6.75 ERA on the season. Unfortunately, the lefty heavy Wareham offense was unable to jump on the struggling righty. Gonzalez gave up just one run, an RBI single by Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) in the fifth that plated Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech), in five full innings of work. He used a sinking breaking ball to register a season high six strikeouts. Outside of Palka’s single, the Gatemen were unable to get a timely hit. Wareham left eight runners on base against Gonzalez and had runners in scoring position in all five innings he pitched.
Wareham�s offensive struggles were magnified by a Red Sox lineup that jumped on Gatemen starter Jared Ruxer (Louisville) in the first inning. Six of Y-D’s first seven hitters got hits off Ruxer including an RBI double by Carlos Asuaje (Nova Southeastern) and RBI singles by Zak Blair (Mercyhurst) and Robert Pehl (Washington) that pushed the early advantage to 3-0.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh, Wareham inched a tad closer when Hyde hit a solo home run. But the breath of fresh air was short lived as the Wareham offense continued to struggle and the persistent Y-D attack continued to tack on runs. The Red Sox scored three more runs in their final two at-bats in the seventh and eighth innings, highlighted by a two run jack from Sam Travis (Indiana) in the eighth that made the score 8-2. That wide advantage held up in the bottom of the ninth when the Gatemen went down in order against Preston Hatcher (Western Carolina).
Wareham’s offense has grown increasingly dependent on the long ball. The Gatemen have won just twice in their last ten games, both against Orleans at Eldridge Park. On Friday July 6th, a trio of home runs accounted for five of Wareham’s seven runs in the 7-4 victory. Two nights ago, six of Wareham’s eight runs came via the long ball in an 8-4 win over the Firebirds. Even in this loss to Y-D, one of Wareham’s two runs came on Hyde’s solo homer.
Manager Cooper Faris’ team will look to spark its attack tomorrow night at Chatham. At 11-15, Wareham is now just two games ahead of Hyannis and three ahead of Bourne for third place in the Western Division.