Gatemen Drop Fourth Straight in 1-0 Loss to Commodores

The Wareham Gatemen lost 1-0 to the Falmouth Commodores on Tuesday night despite a stellar pitching performance from Zac Houston.  The loss, their fourth straight, drops them to 3-5 on the year.

Houston was nearly flawless in his five innings of work, striking out nine and allowing only one baserunner via a walk in the second inning.  The only time the Commodores threatened to break up the no-no was in the fifth, when J.J. Matijevic drove a deep fly to left-center to start the inning.  Gatemen centerfielder Charlie Warren ranged back, leapt just shy of the wall, and came down with the ball before crashing into the fence.

Falmouth’s pitching staff matched Houston inning for inning, with starter Alex Phillips tossing five two-hit innings while walking one and striking out four.  He was relieved by Sean Gustin, who tossed two hitless innings of his own.

The Commodore bats continued to struggle even as Gatemen manager Cooper Farris turned to his bullpen.  Ian Hamilton relieved Houston in the sixth inning, walking the leadoff hitter but retiring the next three batters to keep the no-hitter intact.

In the seventh, though, Hamilton allowed a leadoff double to J.B. Woodman and a subsequent RBI single to Heath Quinn.  The hits, the only two of the game for the Commodores, were enough for Wyatt Short to come in and earn a two-inning save.

The loss was the second time in two games that the Gatemen fell 1-0 while mustering only three hits.  The nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader at Orleans was a seven-inning game, but the end result was remarkably similar.

The Gatemen will look to turn things around Wednesday at 6:00 when they travel to Hyannis to play the 7-1 Harbor Hawks.  They handed Hyannis their only loss of the season in a 6-2 victory on June 11.

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