If there were ever a time for an off day, now would be it.
On Sunday night, the Gatemen came away from their contest without a win for the fifth straight time, as they fell to Falmouth, 6-2, on a cold, misty evening at Spillane Field.
Wareham (12-11-3) heads into their day off on Monday with a 0-3-2 record in their last five games.
Gatemen coach Jerry Weinstein said he thought overall his team showed signs of improvements offensively during Sunday’s showdown with Falmouth.
“We had a good offensive night,” said Weinstein. “Hit some balls hard, put together some good at bats, especially Adrian (Tovalin) in the ninth inning off (Falmouth’s) closer.”
Once again on Sunday, the Gatemen fell victim to unforced errors. For the second time in three games, Wareham made at least three errors, which lead to three unearned runs.
Those three unearned runs do not include two wild pitches in the top half of the ninth from Casey Mize that allowed two runs to score, the first of which occurred on the fourth ball of an intentional walk.
Weinstein said he thought Mize was just over throwing a little bit.
“I think he got flustered when he threw that wild pitch on the intentional walk,” said Weinstein. “We have not worked on that much and that’s on us as a coaching staff.”
The miscues bit Wareham from the get-go on Sunday as Michael Gigliotti led off the top of the first for Falmouth (16-10) with a base hit up the middle. Gatemen center fielder Joey Bartosic over ran the bouncing ball coming towards him, allowing Gigliotti to slide into second without a problem.
Just two pitches later, Deacon Liput gave the Commodores the early 1-0 advantage, lining a base hit back through the box to score Gigliotti.
Gatemen starter Zachary Pop was able to retire Falmouth in order in the top of the second, but the third and fourth saw the Commodores extend their lead.
Liput worked a leadoff walk to start the third, and after Trevor Larnach reached on an error by Wareham second baseman Robbie Metz, Josh Watson lined a base hit to right field.
As Wareham right fielder Austen Wade came into pick up the ball off a hop, Liput appeared to hold up at third base. Wade, however, saw the ball knick off his glove and get away, allowing Liput to advance on home with Falmouth’s second run of the game.
The Gatemen had their first golden opportunity to cut into Falmouth’s lead in the bottom half of the third, when they put runners on second and third with two men down. Falmouth starter Brendan King was able to get Alex Destino looking at a 3-2 fastball, though, to end the inning.
Cadyn Grenier made the Gatemen pay immediately, roping a solo home run over the fence in left to put Falmouth on top 3-0.
“I did not think our overall command out side of (Gunner Leger) was very good tonight,” summarized Weinstein. “We just did not have the tempo or the control that we had the last few games.”
Wareham was able to trim the deficit to just one, 3-2, in the bottom half of the fifth.
Dominic Miroglio reached on a two base error to lead off the inning, Preston Grand Pre sacrificed him over to third, and Joey Bartosic reached on an error as well to get the Gatemen on the board. Two batters later, Destino made amends for his strike out earlier in the ball game, singling into left centerfield to score Bartosic and bring the Gatemen back within a run.
That is as close as Wareham came, however, as Gatemen reliever Gunner Leger allowed a run for the first time this season in the top half of the seventh on a Liput single to extend the Commodores lead back up to 4-2.