Wareham’s struggles against the Eastern Division continued tonight in a wall to wall 10-4 loss to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. With the loss, the Gatemen are now just 1-7 against Eastern foes.
Making his first start on the Cape in 2012, Wareham starter Barrett Astin (Arkansas) struggled mightily out of the gate, giving up five runs in the first two innings against the most prolific offense in the league. Three of the first four Red Sox hitters singled to start the game and stake Y-D to a 2-0 advantage. With runners on second and third in the top of the second, Y-D leadoff hitter Tanner Mathis (Ole Miss) doubled home both runs to make the score 4-0. Two batters later, the league’s leading hitter Robert Pehl (Washington) doubled to left to drive Mathis home and push the advantage to 5-0.
The Gatemen finally struck back in the bottom of the third when Kyle Schwarber (Indiana) grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded and Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) followed with an RBI single. But Horan made a costly base running mistake when he tried to stretch the single into a double. This led to a rundown between first and second that convinced Schwarber to try and score from third. He was thrown out at the plate to end the threat and keep the Red Sox advantage at 5-2.
Both offenses went cold until the Gatemen eighth, when Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) and Logan Uxa (Arkansas State) led off with a single and a double off Y-D reliever Brian Gilbert (Seton Hall). With runners on second and third and nobody out, Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) grounded out to second and Ty McFarland (James Madison) reached on a dropped third strike that caromed all the way to the backstop. This lucky break for the Gatemen cut the Red Sox advantage to a rail-thin 5-4.
For the second game in a row however, the Wareham bullpen allowed its opponent to blow a close game open. With the score 6-4 in the top of the ninth, Joe Filomeno (Louisville) gave up four walks and a pair of RBI singles as Y-D tacked on four more runs to open up an insurmountable 10-4 advantage.
It’s always tough to beat an opponent’s best starting pitcher, especially when that opponent is the best hitting team in the league. That’s the situation Wareham faced tonight against Y-D and its staff ace Aaron Blair, who pitched 6.1 workhorse innings of two run ball to earn his league-leading fourth win of the season.
At 9-9 overall, the Gatemen will attempt to solve its Eastern Division woes tomorrow at Orleans, a team Wareham already lost to 7-0 on June 24. First pitch is at 7:00.