The Wareham Gatemen dropped game one of the 2015 season against the Brewster Whitecaps by the final score of 5-4 on Tuesday night, as an RBI triple from Brewster second baseman Nick Senzel in the seventh inning proved to be the devastating blow.
The Gatemen were stymied throughout much of the game by opposing left-hander Anthony Arias, and collectively only mustered three hits.
Arias showcased a get-ahead fastball and wipeout offspeed pitches, and notched ten strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball.
Arias thoroughly outdueled Gatemen starter Anthony Kay, as the UCONN product struggled with command and allowed five hits and three runs in three innings of work.
Still, Wareham managed to remain within striking distance, and poised at-bats in the sixth inning knotted the game.
Down 4-0 and having been held without a hit, Wareham plated four, thanks to three walks (catcher Jarett Rindfleisch, second baseman Tanner Kirk and right fielder Jay Jabs), an error by Brewster shortstop Nico Giarratano and a sac-fly from third baseman Wes Wilson.
A duo of right-handed pitchers in Zach Plesac and Shea Spitzbarth relieved Kay starting in the fourth, and both fared well.
Both being stretched out, Plesac and Spitzbarth combined for five innings pitched and two runs allowed.
A lack of run support from the offense, however, plagued their efforts, and caused Senzell’s go-ahead moonshot triple in the seventh inning to be the deciding factor.
The sixth inning wound up being the only life the Gatemen showed at the plate: Center fielder Darryn Sheppard and right fielder Logan Sowers each had knocks, but both came in isolated instances; while Jabs wiped out his own base-hit when we was caught attempting to steal third base to end the eighth–an error compounded by the fact that the Gatemen were facing a one-run deficit at the time.
The Opening Day loss for Wareham is its fifth in the past five seasons. The team will strive for its first win on Wednesday, when it travels to Falmouth to face the Commodores at 6 pm ET.