Preview: Leger set to make last start as Gatemen try to lock up home-field advantage

Hyannis (17-20) vs. Wareham (20-14-3)

Probable Starting Pitchers: HYANNIS – Alex House (0-2, 5.23 ERA), RHP; WAREHAM – Gunner Leger (0-0, 0.52 ERA), LHP

 Preview: Due to a miraculous ninth inning rally, and a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the tenth, the Gatemen came from behind to defeat Brewster last night 4-3, to win their seventh consecutive game and clinch a spot in the Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs. Now, Wareham will turn their attention to locking up home field advantage in the first round of the postseason when they welcome Hyannis to Spillane Field on Wednesday night. At a magic number of four, any combination of Gatemen wins and Bourne losses that equal four will guarantee the Gatemen a top two seed in the Western Division. Making his final start of the summer for Wareham will be Gunner Leger. Leger has been nothing short of stupendous ever since he arrived, surrendering just one earned run over 17 innings of work to date. His ability to work hitters both inside and out to go along with his change-up has befuddled the opposition and allowed him to go his first 16.2 innings without giving up an earned run. On the season, Leger is 0-0 with a 0.52 ERA, striking out 23 in 17 innings, while scattering just nine hits and walking no one.

Hyannis, for their part, has been in a constant jostle with Bourne for third place. Last night saw the Harbor Hawks drop back into fourth in their Western Division as their 7-3 loss to Falmouth coupled with Bourne’s win over Cotuit gave the Braves sole possession of third. The Harbor Hawks come into Wednesday’s matchup supporting the second-highest ERA in the League at 4.56. Still, this is a team offensively that can be a force to be reckoned with as their 71 doubles and 10 triples are atop the leaderboards. Alex House gets the start for Hyannis seeking his first win of the year. The right-hander out of Florida Atlantic had been on cruise control up until his last start on July 20, where he gave up five runs on six hits in five innings against Yarmouth-Dennis. In total, House is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA, striking out just 15 batters in 22.1 innings and serving up 26 hits. He displays a low 90s fastball as well as a slider.

News & Notes:

. Wareham’s Cole Freeman currently leads the league in batting with a .387 average

. Harbor Hawks’ Jordan Rodgers (24) and Cody Henry (23) rank second and third in the Cape League, respectively, in RBIs

. Wednesday’s game has been pushed back to 7:00pm due to the game being televised on FOX

West Division Standings    W       L        T      PTS

Falmouth*                                    24        13       0       48

Wareham*                                    20        14       3       43

Bourne                                          17         18       2       36

Hyannis                                        17         20      0       34

Cotuit                                            12         24      1        25

 

  • = Clinched playoff birth

 

Game Time: 7:00pm, Spillane Field, Wareham

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