The Wareham Gatemen fell to the Chatham Anglers Friday night, 8-0, in front of 819 in attendance at Spillane Field.
The Anglers (18-13) plated one run in the first (via Aaron Barnett’s RBI groundout) and one in the second (on Garrett Hampson’s RBI single), and then sliced the jugular with five runs in the third.
Four straight RBI base hits—off the bats of Nate Mondou, Zac Short, Jake Fraley and Kyle Adams—followed by Garrett Hampson’s second RBI of the evening did the trick, and propelled the Anglers out to a hasty 7-0 lead.
Shaun Anderson was unable build on his stellar first outing of the year, and was largely ineffective. All told, Anderson lasted only 2 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, walking four and yielding six earned runs.
Left-hander Daniel Castano, who received the start for Chatham, was excellent in his five innings of two-hit and no-run ball.
A trio of relievers then stifled the Gatemen for the remainder of the game, only allowing one hit and one runner to reach scoring position in the final four innings.
Blake Fox came on in long relief of Anderson, and proved to be the lone bright spot on an otherwise rough night. Though Fox allowed both runners he inherited to score, he quickly settled into a groove and tossed five innings. The sole run attributed to his final line came in the fourth on a Barnett RBI single to make the score 8-0.
Now losers of nine of their last ten games, the loss drops the Gatemen to 12-17-1 on the year and gives Chatham the four-game series sweep.
Wareham will look to rebound Saturday against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks—a team in which the Gatemen have topped three out of four times. Washington State right-hander Ian Hamilton, who threw an inning of relief against Chatham, will deliver the first pitch at 7 pm ET.