Gatemen Drop Third Straight in Blowout Loss to Braves

The Wareham Gatemen fell to the Bourne Braves by a score of 9-1, further complicating the West standings with only a week left to play in the season.

Things started out well enough for the Gatemen, with starter Matt Krook backing up his best start of the year with another scoreless performance.  The lefty from Oregon pitched his usual two innings in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, walking two and striking out three while allowing only one hit.

Grant Dyer (L, 1-1) retired the first four batters he faced in relief of Krook, but things fell apart with two outs in the fourth inning.  Reid Humphreys hit an opposite-field home run to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, and after a hit by pitch and a walk Mike Garzillo doubled in two runs and Nick Solak plated another with a single to bring the lead to 4-0.

The Gatemen answered back in the bottom of the inning on a David MacKinnon RBI single to make the score 4-1, but Jay Jabs squashed the threat with a bases-loaded double play to end the inning.

Another bases-loaded opportunity was squandered in the bottom of the fifth as MacKinnon tapped out to the pitcher with two down.  That was as close as the game got for the Gatemen, who struggled to get men on base down the stretch.

The Braves batted around against Jared Price in the sixth, effectively putting the game out of reach.  An RBI single by Garzillo was backed up by a Solak double, Ryan Boldt single, and Brendan McKay sacrifice fly to make it 8-1.  Later in the inning, a bases-loaded walk to Humphreys extended the lead to 9-1.

It was smooth sailing all night for Cody Wedlock (W, 2-1), who gave the Braves six innings of one-run ball.  The righty out of Illinois allowed 8 hits and struck out four.

The Gatemen have their final scheduled off day of the year Monday before they head to Harwich on Tuesday to play the last-place Mariners.  First pitch is at 6:30.

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