WAREHAM, Mass. Wareham suffered their most disappointing loss of the 2009 season, taking a 5-4 lead into the top half of the final inning before losing 6-5 in game two of a doubleheader against the Orleans Cardinals. For the second straight game, Orleans (22-16-2) started the scoring in the top of the first, as Steve Selsky (Arizona) hit a solo home run off of Wareham starterBrandon Workman (Texas) to put the Firebirds on top 1-0.
Workman responded by retiring 15 of the next 16 batters he faced, from the end of the first inning through the sixth. He pitched well enough to allow Wareham (18-17-6) to climb back into the game, as George Springer (Connecticut) laced a triple into the right-centerfield gap and was brought home on a subsequent RBI groundout from Alex Dickerson (Indiana) to tie the game at 1-1.
In the next inning, Wareham jumped all over Orleans starter Jorge Reyes (Oregon State). Jake Lemmerman (Duke) struck out, but reached on a dropped third strike, and was sacrificed to second by new catcher Rob Kral (College of Charleston). Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State) beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners, and Shea Vucinich (Washington State) came up with a sacrifice fly to bring home Lemmerman and give Wareham a 2-1 lead.
After Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) was intentionally walked and Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) was hit by a pitch, George Springer beat out an infield single, driving home Swagerty and Dietrich to give Wareham a seemingly insurmountable 4-1 lead after five innings in a seven-inning game.
Orleansgot all three runs back in the next inning, however, as Devin Lohman (Long Beach State) delivered a three-run triple with the bases loaded, tying the game at 4-4. To add insult to injury, there were two outs with nobody on base in the inning before Orleans rallied. In the bottom of the sixth, Wareham once again struck back, as Jake Lemmerman launched his first home run of the 2009 season into the left field bleachers, giving Wareham a 5-4 lead heading into the final inning.
Josh Slaats (Hawaii) took the mound in the seventh inning poised to earn his first win, and again got two outs with nobody on base. Slaats then issued back-to-back walks to Danny Muno (Fresno State) and Selsky to put men on first and second. Jeremy Gould was the hero, delivering a two-out, two-run double down the left field line, scoring Muno and Selsky and putting Orleans up 6-5.
BrettWeibley (Kent State) closed the door on the disheartened Gatemen in the bottom of the seventh for the Orleans victory. With the loss, Wareham (42 points) stays tied for second place, but Cotuit (43 points) takes over the outright division lead with a 6-2 over Bourne (42 points).
Inthe East, Orleans (46 points) closes the gap on division leader Yarmouth-Dennis (49 points), as the Red Sox have lost three straight since beating Wareham. The Gatemen return to Spillane Field Sunday at 5:00 p.m. for autograph night, featuring Wally the Green Monster, and their second-to-last home game of the year, against the Falmouth Commodores (16-21-2).
Join broadcasters Alex Perlman and Kevin Copp for the Gatemen pregame show at 4:45 p.m.