The Wareham Gatemen dropped their fourth contest in a row Wednesday night, falling to the Chatham Anglers 13-6.
The Anglers (14-11) benefitted from four infield singles in the second inning, which netted them five runs, and were gift-wrapped four walks in the fourth inning, which opened the floodgates for a seven-run inning.
The first three Gatemen pitchers were largely ineffective and struggled mightily, amassing only three innings of work.
Left-hander Matt Krook (Oregon) made his third start of the season—still on a pitch count and innings limit as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. After allowing five earned runs, five hits and two walks, his outing was halted prematurely, lasting only 1 2/3 innings.
Relievers Blake Fox (Rice) and Tyler Thorne (Stanford) followed suit, walking a combined five batters in 1 2/3 innings and allowing six earned runs.
Anglers leadoff hitter Trenton Brooks (Nevada) led the offensive onslaught, and finished the evening 4-for-5 with four singles and three RBI. Catcher Nick Sciortino chipped in with a two-RBI single to the right field wall in the second inning, and designated hitter Luke Persico accounted for the only extra-base hit of the evening for either team in the form of a two-RBI double in the fourth.
Entering the ninth, the Gatemen (now 11-13-1) looked poised to enter the Thursday off day 1-for-their-last-21 with runners in scoring position and a paltry four-runs-in-five-games offensive funk.
Yet with two outs in the ninth, the Gatemen struck for five runs—seven straight batters reached base (six of them via base hits) and the clouds opened up, leading to a torrential downpour and presumably tinkering with the psyche of Chatham.
Nevertheless, first baseman David Mackinnon flew out to right field to mercifully end the game and drop the Gatemen into third place in the West Division.
Wareham completes its four-game road trip on Friday, as it ventures to Hyannis and sends Stanford right-hander Brett Hanewich to the mound. First pitch is at 6 pm ET.