WAREHAM, MA: The one-run games continue for the Gatemen, but tonight resulted in a 5-4 loss to Hyannis at Spillane Field.
Wareham struck first in the bottom of the third inning against the Harbor Hawks. CJ Saylor led off the inning with a single and advanced to second when Bradley Roney was hit by a pitch.
So far in the Cape League, small ball has been what has gotten things done and how runs have scored for Wareham. It continued and little mistakes like passed balls and wild pitches allow runners to move up on the basepaths.
With Saylor on second, a wild pitch allowed him to advance to third, putting the first run 90 feet away. Tino Lipson hit a single up the middle that brought in Saylor and Roney advanced to second. Adam Toth then singled to left to load the bases.
The next batter, Trevor Podratz, hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Roney to score, making it 2-0 Wareham.
The Gatemen got their third run of the game when Lipson scored on Matt Walsh’s 1-6-3 groundout.
In a game in which Andro Cutura pitched seven innings of one run, four hit baseball, Michael Howerton came in and the bullpen struggles continued for manager Cooper Farris’ team.
Chase Griffin led off the eighth inning with a home run into the left field bleachers and three straight base runners followed by Tyler Spoon reaching on an error by Ethan Gross at second base allowed Will Maddox and Steve Wilkerson to score, putting two runs on the board for Hyannis, tying the game at three a piece.
Brian Anderson, who walked after the single by Maddox and Wilkerson, then crossed the plate on a 4-3 putout from Ryan Padilla, scoring the fourth run for the Harbor Hawks.
The struggles continue for the bullpen, which after an impressive start for Cutura, allows four runs. Howerton earned the loss, failing to get an out and giving up two earned runs on three hits. Ryan Riga also pitched an inning, as he is one of the very few lefty options out of the bullpen. In his inning of work, he allowed one run, unearned, walking one and striking out one.
The Gatemen go back at it again on Tuesday, this time on the road. Wareham travels to Falmouth to take on the Commodores. First pitch from Arnie Allen Diamond is set for 6:30 p.m.