The 2015 Brewster Whitecaps
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Usually it's the birthday boy who gets the present. Today, Tyson Miller (Cal Baptist) gave the Brewster Whitecaps and their fans 2 big gifts on his 20th. First, he put on a masterful show against the Orleans Firebirds. He pitched 8 innings, struck out 11, walked no one, and only surrendered an unearned run. The 4-1 victory opened the door for the 2nd gift: A 2nd consecutive playoff berth.
While Miller ended up being the story of the game, the first inning told a different tale. Orleans left fielder Austin Miller (Loyola Marymount) got a one out single and advanced to 3rd base on an error. He then scored in an unusual way, he stole home plate. Orleans starter Eric Lauer (Kent State) then pitched a scoreless 1st inning.
The story of the game changed in the 2nd inning. Miller struck out the side, and Brewster took a 2-1 lead. Brewster loaded the bases and scored when Chandler Avant (Alabama) singled in Robbie Tenerowicz (Cal Berkeley), and then again when Colin Lyman's (Louisville) fielder's choice brought in Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech). Brewster added another run in the 3rd. Nick Senzel (Tennessee) led off with a double and was singled in by fellow All Star Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount).
After that inning, both offenses were largely dormant. Tyson Miller settled in and controlled one of the best offenses in the league. From the 4th inning until the end of his outing in the 8th, Orleans only had one baserunner. Brewster's offense was cooled by reliever Chandler Blanchard (Pepperdine). After Blanchard left, Brewster tacked on an insurance run. In the 8th inning, Robbie Tenerowicz led off with a single. One batter later, Jack Meggs (Washington), hitting in Kel Johnson's spot, singled home Tenerowicz to put Brewster up 4-1.
After Miller's remarkable outing, closer Thomas Hackimer (St. John's) came on looking to close out the game. Orleans did get some baserunners, including a 1st and 3rd jam. However Hackimer struck out Alex Call (Ball State) and forced Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) into a game ending double play. With the win, Brewster is assured of a spot in the 2015 Cape League playoffs. There are still 4 games left in the regular season that will determine seeding for the playoffs. Tyson Miller and Jack Meggs both expect the team to play all the remaining games with the same intensity that got them to the playoffs.
The Whitecaps will host the Falmouth Commodores for their last regular season game against a Western Division foe. The game starts at 5 PM with Alex Schick getting the start for Brewster.
Dramatic Comeback Ends in Tie
“There’s no (tying)! There’s no (tying) in baseball!” Or that’s what Tom Hanks’s character, Jimmy Dugan, probably would have said if he went to the game between Brewster and Orleans. The game concluded in a 6-6 tie after 12 innings due to league rules.
This was a highly anticipated game, as fans expected to see a great pitching duel between two of the Cape’s best pitchers, Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) for Brewster and Mitchell Jordan (Stetson) for Orleans. Firebirds fans were not disappointed as Jordan went 5 innings, giving up only 1 unearned run, and striking out 5.
For Whitecaps fans, it was another story. Sheffield gave up 5 runs, all earned, in just 3 innings pitched. Then in the 4th inning, after the Whitecaps were able to scratch across 1 run, the Firebirds claimed it right back for a 6-1 lead. For most of the game, it seemed the league’s best team would get the better of the Whitecaps.
The 8th inning was a turning point for the Brewster offense. Orleans brought in their third pitcher of the game, Sean Watkins (Loyola Marymount), and the Whitecaps offense took off. Colin Lyman (Louisville) led the inning off with a walk, followed by 2 singles from Toby Handley (Stony Brook) and Nick Senzel (Tennessee). The Senzel single would bring Lyman around to score, making the score 6-2. JC Escarra (Florida International) continued the inning with a triple to center field scoring Handley and Senzel. He too would eventually score on a Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) ground ball to make the score 6-5. Orleans would change pitchers again, this time calling in Kit Scheetz (Virginia Tech) to close the door and he did.
Heading into the 9th, the Whitecaps still needed one more run to tie the game. Lyman would get the inning going with a 1 out single, putting the tying run on base. After a Handley fly out, Senzel would step up to the plate in a big-time situation. As Senzel had done in the past, he delivered again with an infield single, moving the tying run to second. Up next was Escarra to take his turn with two outs. He too would come up big for Brewster with a single that would score Lyman and tie the game 6-6. This would ultimately be the last offense of the game as the teams tied after 12 innings with the same score.
The Firebirds were held scoreless after the 4th inning due to sensational pitching and defense by the Whitecaps. Hunter Martin (Tennessee) would come on in relief for Sheffield to start the 4th inning. Martin went 4 innings and gave up only 1 run and had a season best 6 strikeouts. Following him would be Zachary Ryan (Georgia Tech) going .2 of an inning with 1 strikeout and Anthony Arias (Fresno State) pitching 1.1 innings with 1 strikeout. Trent Paddon (Oregon) was the next pitcher for the Whitecaps going 2 innings and recording 2 strikeouts.
During Paddon’s second inning of relief, Sean Murphy (Wright State) connected on a ball and appeared to hit a walk-off homerun for the Firebirds. Colin Lyman, however, was not ready to stop playing. Lyman leapt over the leftfield wall and brought the would-be game winner back, robbing him of a home run. Paddon would get out of the inning with a ground out to the second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz (California Berkeley).
In the 12th inning, Whitecaps closer Thomas Hackimer (St. John’s) would conclude the game with 2 strikeouts and a 1-3 putout.
With the tie against Orleans, the Whitecaps clinch the season series over Orleans with one matchup remaining. Whitecaps return to Stony Brook Field on Wednesday, in a rematch with the Orleans Firebirds at 5 PM.
The Whitecaps can clinch a playoff birth tonight with a win or a Harwich loss. By owning the tiebreaker versus Orleans, Brewster still has a mathematical shot at winning the Eastern Division. The Whitecaps would need to win every game the rest of the way and Orleans must not gain a single point.
In transaction news, the Whitecaps signed and activated catcher Kyle Cunningham (St. John’s) on July 26 and pitcher Gabriel Mosser (Shippensburg University) on July 28.
Whitecaps Scratch Out a Win in Falmouth
Brewster traveled to Falmouth for the final regular season road game against a Western Division opponent. Even though Falmouth came in with the worst record in the Cape League, Brewster needed more than 9 innings to win.
The game started well. Brewster got a run in the top of the 1st on an RBI Fielder's Choice hit by Jack Meggs (Washington) to score Toby Handley (Stony Brook). Brewster added another run in the 2nd when Chandler Avant (Alabama) scored on Nico Girratano's (San Francisco) sacrifice fly.
The score stayed at 2-0 for a while because Whitecaps starter JD Busfield (Loyoa Marymount) pitched a very good game. He pitched 6 effective innings, and tied his season high with 5 strikeouts. He kept Falmouth off balance for much of his outing but he did not keep Falmouth off the scoreboard. Whitecap killer JJ Matijevic (Arizona) led off the 4th inning with a single and came home to score on a single by Tate Blackman (Mississippii). Falmouth tied the game in the bottom of the 5th when Caleb Hamilton (Oregon State) scored on Matijevic's sacrifice fly.
The game then became a staring contest between each other's bullpen with each trying desperately not to blink. Brewster seemed to land the finishing blow in the 7th inning when Toby Handley drove in Brandon Gold (Georgia Tech) to put Brewster up 3-2. Falmouth had an answer for them in the bottom of the 9th. With 2 out, no one on, and all-star pitcher Nick Highbergur (Creighton) on the hill, pinch hitter Shane Benes (Missouri) blasted a home run to left field to tie the game and forced extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Brewster answered Falmouth's homer with a small ball run. Colin Lyman led off with a single, and after being advanced to 2nd base and the 2nd out of the inning, Jack Meggs fought Falmouth's submarine pitcher Stephen Villines (Kansas) and drew a bloop single to center field to score Lyman and put Brewster up 4-3. Trent Paddon came on in the bottom of the inning. He forced Matejivic into a double play and collected the final out of the game on a groundout by Evan Skoug (Texas Christian).
With the 4-3 victory, Brewster's magic number for clinching a playoff spot is now down to 2. They have a day off on Monday then a home and home set against the league leading Orleans Firebirds on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Brewster Clings to a Victory
On Friday night, the Wareham Gatemen came to visit Brewster for the first time since their defeat on opening day. Since then, both teams have changed and developed. The results of the two games were the same; Brewster won in a close game, 5-4. Both games came down to the end of the games, and both featured a Wareham comeback.
Friday night's game started off very well and rather easily for Brewster. Brewster scored in each of the first 4 innings, including 2 RBI from Nick Senzel (Tennessee). Starting pitcjer Jake Jenkins (Pacific) also performed well. He breezed through the first 5 innings and looked in control on the hill. In the bottom of the 4th, Brewster ran into trouble. Senzel fouled a ball off his own shin and had to leave tonight's game. He was moving well after the game and will play in the All-star game, but he was in pain when he was hit by the ball. Brewster did not get another run the rest of the way.
Jenkins continued pitching well until the 6th. In that inning, Wareham led off with 2 straight singles then scored 2 runs on a soft base hit by Gavin Stupienski (North Carolina Wilmington). 2 innings later, an error by Robbie Tenerowicz (Cal Berkeley) allowed Wareham to extend the inning and add 2 more runs and cut the deficit to 5-4. Wareham got it no closer than that. They put 2 runners on in the top of the 9th, but each runner was caught trying to steal by All-Star catcher Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount). Closer Thomas Hackimer (St. John's got the final out, and Brewster won the game.
With the victory and Chatham being defeated, Brewster jumped to 2nd in the standings, giving the team better positioning in the playoffs. Tomorrow is the All-Star Game in Wareham. 5 Whitecaps will be at the game: Nick Senzel (Tennessee, Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount), Colin Lymann, (Louisville), Nick Highbergur (Creighton), and Thomas Hackimer (St. Johns). Brewster begins the last week of the regular season with a trip to Falmouth at 5:30 on Sunday.
Whitecaps escape YD Victoriously
The Brewster Whitecaps traveled to Red Wilson Field to play the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in an important late season game. The game was cut short by darkness, but the 8 played innings were dramatic, entertaining, and for Whitecaps fans, nerve-racking.
The game started well for the Caps. After a groundout to begin the first inning, Brewster rattled off 4 straight singles, and scored 2 runs. Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) took the hill for Brewster and pitched well. He worked through the first 2 innings, but ran into trouble in the 3rd, surrendering a run to YD. He got out of the inning with an exceptional throw to 1st base that had Coach Shevchik high-fiving the entire team. The Whitecap offense responded to Sheffield's performance and Shevchik's energy with effort and skilled play. They strung together 3 straight hits, headlined by a double by Chandler Avant (Alabama), to put 3 runs on the board and extend the Whitecap lead to 5-1.
Sheffield had an easy 4th inning, but labored in the 5th. He didn't make it through the inning and left with the Caps leading 6-3. Brewster's next pitcher, Anthony Arias (Fresno State) was not terribly effective. He only pitched 1 inning and labored through it. He gave up 2 earned runs on only 2 hits. After Arias left the game in a 6-5 score, Trent Paddon (Oregon) came in and dominated YD for much of his outing. In the meanwhile, Brewster's offense added 2 more crucial insurance runs. The first was scored when Jack Meggs (Wachington) doubled to drive in Nick Senzel (Tennessee) in the 7th inning. The next inning, Colin Lyman (Louisville) scored on a triple by Toby Handley (Stony Book).
Those runs were important, as Paddon struggled in the 8th and final inning out came after the Red Sox whittled the lead down to a 1 run lead. They had the bases loaded with 2 outs and they only needed one run to tie the game. Gio Brusa was on 3rd base for YD but ranged too far of 3rd base. All-Star catcher Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) threw down to 3rd to get Bruas out and end the game. Because the sun had set, the 8th inning was the last inning of the game. With the most dramatic play of the season, Brewster escaped Red Wilson Field with a close victory and improved playoff standing.
Brewster hosts Wareham tommorow at 5 PM. Jake Jenkins (Pacific) will take the hill in the last Whitecap game before the All Star Game.
Late Surge Pushes Whitecaps Past Hawks
Through 7 innings, it looked like the Whitecaps would suffer the same fate as a game ago. The offense had a few hits, but nothing put together. The Harbor Hawks had a 1-0 lead, and Hyannis’s pitcher, Vance Tatum, was in control.
After Tatum’s 7 shutout innings, he gave way to his Mississippi State teammate Dakota Hudson. Hudson allowed a 1 out single to Colin Lyman (Louisville) and then the floodgates opened. Lyman then stole 2nd base and took 3rd base on an Arden Pabst throw into center field. Lyman eventually took home on a wild pitch, to tie the game at 1-1. The next 4 Whitecaps would follow by reaching base as well.
Toby Handley (Stony Brook) and Nick Senzel (Tennessee) scored the final two runs for the Whitecaps off of Robbie Tenerowicz (California Berkeley) and Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech) singles.
The pitchers maintained control of the game for the Whitecaps. Alex Schick (California Berkeley) threw 5 innings, allowing only 1 run on 6 hits. He struck out 7 of the 22 batters faced and walked only 1. Nick Highberger (Creighton) continued the pitching success with 2 innings of shutout pitching to earn his 3rd win of the season. Finally, Andrew Gist (Georgia) and Thomas Hackimer (St. John’s) pitched 1 inning each and shut down the Harbor Hawks to close the game. Hackimer’s performance in the 9th inning earned him his 6th save of the season.
The Whitecaps return to action on Thursday to take on the Y-D Red Sox at 5 PM at Red Wilson Field in Yarmouth.
Shutout in Stony Brook
Runners, runners everywhere, and not a run on the scoreboard. That's how the Whitecaps felt after their game against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox today. Coming into today, Brewster had the best offense in the league. They faced a Y-D starter in Brett Adcck (Michigan) who came in with a 5.40 ERA. Advantage Whitecaps? Well not today.
Adcock dominated the Whitecaps, throwing 6 innings, striking out 4 men, giving up no runs and only 3 hits. Whitecaps starter Tyson Miller (Cal Baptist) also performed pretty well. He lasted 5 innings and struck out 7 men. But he made some serious errors. He allowed 3 runs, including a solo homer hit by Stephen Wrenn (Georgia). Anthony Arias relieved him in the 6th, and pitched only one inning. He allowed one run. Zach Ryan came in after Arias and pitched well for most of his outing. He fell apart in the top of the 9th, allowing 3 runs and leaving his team behind 7-0 with one inning left to play.
While the pitchers did not perform well, the offense was the bigger story of the game. In total, Brewster only had 5 hits as a team and no one had more than one hit. There were several chances for the Whitecaps to get on the board, but they did not capitalize on any of them. Twice in the game did the Caps get a runner to 2nd base and once, in the first inning when Toby Handley (Stony Brook) advanced to 3rd on a double by Nick Senzel (Tennessee). They never came closer than that, and the offense struggled for the entire night. When asked about it after the game, Coach Shevchik and Nico Girratano (San Francisco) both said that the team was down on energy and did not get runs early, which hurt them the rest of the way. Nico was, however, quite confident that the team will score a run in the first inning.
That'd be the support starter Alex Schick (Cal Berkeley) might need tomorrow when he starts the game in Hyannis at 6 PM.
Comeback Not Enough in Harwich
The Whitecaps have played well against most teams in the Cape League this season. That is, except the Harwich Mariners. In 4 games against Harwich, Brewster is 1-3 with 2 of the most painful losses of the season in this season series. Tonight's game was one of those losses.
JD Busfield (Loyola Marymount) started for Brewster and had a poor outing. He only lasted 3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, all of those run coming in a 3rd inning meltdown. Brewster's bullpen did not perform much better in the next few innings. Hansen Butler (UNC) came in and did not look good. He pitched only one inning, surrendering 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks. Gage Griffen (Franklin Pierce) relieved him and didn't have a great game either. He only threw 2 innings and surrendered 3 more runs. Meanwhile, Harwich's starter, Joe O'Donnell (North Carolina St.) pitched 6 innings and shut down the Whitecaps. He did not give up a run and only allowed 5 hits in his outing.
Going to the 7th inning, Brewster trailed 8-0. They got 2 runs in the 7th, when Robbie Tenerowicz (Cal Berkeley) and Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) came across the plate. Brewster's bullpen finally settled down when Andrew Gist (Walters State CC) came in and pitched 2 shut out innings, only allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 Mariners.
Brewster's offense finally started working in the top of the 9th. Jack Meggs (Washington) led off with a basehit, and Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech) blasted his first homer of the season to right field, cutting the deficit to 8-4. Brewster got one more run when Nico Girratano (San Francisco) came in on a single by Nick Senzel (Tennesse). After that, Brewster loaded the bases with only one out, but they did not get another run. Cassidy Brown lined out to 3rd base, and Nick Senzel was thrown out at 2nd to end the game in a sudden and demoralizing double play, losing 8-5.
With the loss, Brewster falls to 18-15 on the season, and falls to 12 points behind Orleans for the top spot in the East Division. Monday is a league-wide off day, so the Whitecaps will return to action on Tuesday, when they host the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox at 5 PM at Stony Brook.
Bourne Blown Away by Brewster
When the Whitecaps and Bourne Braves met at Stony Brook Field on Saturday night, both teams needed a victory to improve their chances for good playoff position. Both teams played pretty well, but the Brewster offense overwhelmed Bourne and won their fifth consecutive game.
Jake Jenkins (Pacific) started the game for Brewster, and did not have his best performance. He only lasted 4 innings, and allowed 3 runs in his outing. He needed a lift from the best offense in the Cape League. And after being retired in order in te first 2 innings, the Brewster lineup gave Jenkins his much needed help.
Bourne starter Cody Sedlock (Illinois) struck out Brandon Gold (Georgia Tech) in the 3rd, but did not get him out, as the ball bounced away from catcher Billy Walker (Hartford). That allowed Gold to reach base. The Whitecaps proceeded to collect hits by Nico Girratano (San Francisco), Jack Meggs (Washington), Nick Senzel (Tennessee), and JC Escarra (Florida Intl.). They were one hitter from batting around, and plated 5 runs in the 3rd.
Brewster's pitching staff allowed a run in the 4th and 5th innings each, and Bourne kept the score there until the 7th inning. In that inning, Jack Meggs collected his 3rd RBI of the game, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Senzel to put Brewster ahead 7-4. Meggs then authored the best defensive play of the season for the Whitecaps in the top of the 8th inning. Former Whitecap outfielder Jacob Robson (Mississippii State) hit a long fly ball to deep center field. Meggs went all the way back to try and catch the ball. e banged into the wall, making the catch to rob a homer from Robson, effectively killing any potential momentum Bourne could have gotten. The game was called after the 8th inning due to darkness.
Brewster travels to Whitehouse Field to play the Harwich Mariners in a game that will hel[ determine playoff position. JD Busfield (Loyola Marymount) will start for the Whitecaps.
Slugfest at Eldridge
The last few Whitecaps games have been low scoring pitcher's duels. The best offense in the league has been shackled, other than in a 6-1 victory over Chatham. That wasn't the case Friday night in Orleans. The Whitecaps flexed their offensive muscle against the league leading Orleans Firebirds and won at Eldridge Field for the 2nd time this season.
The 1st inning produced no runs for either team, but the 2nd inning produced a pair of solo home runs. Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) hit one for the Whitecaps in the top of the 2nd, and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd with a solo blast. Whitecaps starter Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) settled down the rest of his outing, only allowing 2 more runs on the night. Orleans starter Corbin Burnes (St. Mary's), on the other hand, did not have the same luck. He only lasted 3 2/3 innings, and gave up 4 runs in total. He surrendered a 2 RBI single to Robbie Tenerowicz (Cal Berkeley) in the 3rd, and allowed Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech) to score on a wild pitch in the 4th. The Firebird bullpen did not perform well either. The Whitecaps offense batted around in the 5th inning, scoring 5 runs and taking a 9-1 lead.
Orleans was resilient. After Sheffield departed, Orleans hung 3 runs on Whitecap reliever Zach Ryan (Georgia Tech). That cut the Whitecap lead to 9-6. But that was as close as Orleans would get. Brewster scored one final run in the 7th inning on Nick Senzel's (Tennessee) 2nd hit and 3rd RBI of the game. The Whitecap bullpen shut down Orleans the rest of the way, and wrapped up a 10-6 victory.
Brewster won their season high 4th consecutive game, and pushed their record to 17-14. the Whtiecaps return to Stony Brook Field on Saturday night to host the Bourne Braves at 5PM.
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