For the second consecutive night, Brewster took a lead into the ninth, when their bullpen decided to make the game interesting. And for the second consecutive night, Brewster worked through a challenging bullpen and won. The way it happened did change from Friday night in Hyannis to Saturday night against the Wareham Gatemen at Spillane Field.
Brewster, again, scored first and took the lead. The game was a pitcher's duel for the first four innings, as Brett Conine (Cal State Fullerton) and Konnor Pilkington (Mississippi State) combined to allow only one baserunner through the first four innings of play. Brewster notched the first run of the game in the fifth when Zach Gahagan (North Carolina) led off with a single, advanced on some small ball plays, and scored on a wild pitch. The Whitecaps got another run in the 6th when Brent Rooker (Mississippi State) singled in Julian Infante (Vanderbilt) to put Brewster ahead 2-0.
Like Friday night, Brewster got an outstanding performance from their starter. Konnor Pilkington retired the first 12 batters he faced and did not allow a baserunner until the 5th inning. He would ultimately get 7 strikeouts in 7 innings of work and allowed only one run. That came on a blast by Adrian Tovalin (Azusa Pacific) in the 7th inning.
Also like Friday night, Brewster's bullpen struggled to close the door. Wyatt Burns (Samford) had some good pitches, but struggled in his first outing in the Cape League and loaded the bases. Hansen Butler (UNC) came on in relief. He threw a wild pitch, and Cole Freeman (LSU) scored to tie the game 2-2. No one scored in the 9th inning for either team, and the game went into extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Brewster's offense broke through the Gatemen. Julian Infante dropped a single into center field and Ryan Gridley (Mississippi State) came around to score and put Brewster ahead to stay. And they tacked on two more runs on an RBI double by Nick Dunn (Maryland) and a single by Brent Rooker. Hansen Butler pitched around a 1 out walk in the 10th to seal the victory.
With the win and Chatham's loss, Brewster now has a four point lead for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division. Brewster returns home to Stony Brook for a game against the Bourne Braves on Sunday at 5pm.
In the 9th inning at McKeon Park, the chords of "Urgent" by Foreigner played over the loud speaker. The song perfectly captured the sentiments of the Brewster Whitecaps and their fans. After tough losses to Cotuit and Yarmouth-Dennis and a controversial tie against Orleans, Brewster came into Friday night's game against Hyannis looking for a victory to keep pace in the Eastern Division standings. For most of the night, it seemed as though they would win rather easily.
The Whitecaps offense got on the board quickly, with a Bryce Jordan (LSU) double to lead off the game and a Ryan Noda (Cincinnati) double to drive him in. Hunter Martin (Tennessee) then took the hill and with a few hiccups in the game, Martin pitched an effective 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six batters, including four in a row at one stretch, and only surrendered two runs. Hyannis tied the game on a 2nd inning Zach Rutherford (Old Dominion) sacrifice fly, and then took the lead on a pair of 3rd inning triples by Cody Henry (Alabama) and Kameron Esthay (Baylor). Other than that, Martin kept the Harbor Hawks off the board while he was on the hill.
Brewster's offense put up more hits and reclaimed the lead to help their starter out. Ryan Gridley (Mississippi State) hit a two run blast for his first home run of the summer in the 5th to put Brewster ahead 3-2 over the Hawks and Brewster built on that lead. Three runs came around to score for the Caps in the 6th, highlighted by a throwing error on a Kekai Rios (Hawaii) bunt and one of Bryce Jordan's four hits on the night. Another run scored in the 7th on when Brent Rooker (Mississippi State) scored on a Zach Gahagan double. And the last two Brewster runs scored in the 8th on a Brent Rooker double.
The game was comfortably in the Whitecaps hands with a 9-3 lead in the bottom of the 9th. Then Hyannis made it interesting. Ryan Feltner (Ohio State) came on and could not record an out. He gave up three straight singles, a walk, and an RBI double to Zach Rutherford that cut the lead to 9-6. Jacob Wloczewski (Binghamton) came on and pitched with the bases loaded and no out. He forced a ground out by Jordan Rodgers that cut the lead to 9-7 but got an out. An error by Gridley at shortstop and a walk reloaded the bases with one out, but Wloczewski got a strikeout to make it two outs. Max Herrmann (Rutgers) came on to get the final out, and forced a ground out to second base to relieve the tension in the stands and end the Whitecaps two game losing skid.
Martin got his third victory of the season and Brewster claimed sole possession of the fourth and final playoff spot in the East with Chatham losing as well. They take to the road again on Saturday night to face the Wareham Gatemen at Spillane Field. First pitch will be at 6:30.
Cotuit pitching combined to allow two runs on four hits, as Cotuit defeated the Brewster Whitecaps 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Stony Brook Field. Brewster drops to 11-16-1 with the loss.
Cotuit struck early in the contest of Brewster starting pitcher Tyler Zuber. Patrick Dorrian made it 1-0 Cotuit with an RBI single to center field. Ryan Hagan doubled in the top of the second to make it 2-0 Cotuit.
Brewster got on the board for the first time in the bottom half of the third inning as Bryce Jordan slapped an RBI double to left field to plate A.J Graffanino and cut Cotuit’s lead to 2-1.
Cotuit broke it open in the fifth, as they tallied three runs to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Tim Susnara sent an RBI single to right to make it 4-1, and Grayson Jenista added a sac-fly to make it a 5-1 game.
The Caps attempted to battle back in the sixth as they added a run on a Zach Gahagan double to deep center field, yet they failed to plate more than one run. They left the bases loaded in the sixth, the second time they did so as they previously left them loaded in the third.
The Cotuit bullpen shut Brewster down the rest of the way, as they came up scoreless in the seventh, eight and ninth.
The Whitecaps return to action on Friday when they travel to Hyannis to face the Harbor Hawks at 6 p.m.
After a disappointing tie on Sunday and an off day on Monday, the Brewster Whitecaps looked to extend their points streak in an attempt to increase their standing in the Eastern Division. Instead, they ran into a frustratingly similar game story and fell to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
Brewster's starter, Zac Lowther (Xavier), did pitch well. He tie his season high with 9 strikeouts, and pitched 5 and 1/3 innings giving up only 1 earned run. However, his defense committed five errors in total, and Lowther surrendered a total of four runs, highlighted by a two run homer by Kevin Smith (Maryland) in the 3rd to make it 3-0.
The Whitecaps got a run in the 4th when Bryce Jordan (LSU) scored on a double by Brent Rooker (Mississippi State) to cut the deficit to 3-1, but Brewster ran into more trouble in the 6th. Lowther left and Eric Martinez (Cal Berkely) relieved him. YD plated two runs on a single by Matt Winaker (Stanford) and led 5-1 after 6. Brewster was not yet done though. Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech) singled in a run and Beau Jordan (LSU) grounded out to plate another to cut the deficit to 5-3 in the 7th. One inning later, Brewster had a chance to tie the game. Kel Johnson came up with the bases loaded and two outs and he singled in two runs to tie the game 5-5.
Sadly in the bottom of the inning, as they have a couple times this summer, Brewster surrendered a lead just after fighting to tie the game. YD exploded for 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th, chasing Jacob Wloczewski (Binghamton) without him recording an out. Doubles by Winaker and Brendan Skidmore (Binghamton) put the game out of reach and Brewster ended its point streak with a 9-5 loss.
Brewster fell to 11-15-1, and stays in a points tie with Chatham for 4th place in the division, but holds a head to head advantage over the Anglers, and maintain their fourth place standing despite the loss. Brewster hosts the last place Cotuit Ketleers on Wednesday at 5 PM at Stony Brook Field.
Kade McClure fired four scoreless innings and Brewster relievers tossed five innings as the Brewster Whitecaps tied the Orleans Firebirds on Sunday night at Stony Brook Field.
McClure and opposing starter Jason Morgan were engaged in a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings, as each of them put up scoreless frames. It was not until the bottom of the fourth that the Brewster offense cracked Morgan and would eventually chase him from the game.
Colby Fitch reached on an error to open the inning and Zach Gahagan was hit by a pitch. Beau Jordan singled to score Fitch and give the Caps the 1-0 lead. Ryan Gridley reached on an error to bring home Gahagan and Nick Dunn added a run with a sac-fly to give Brewster a 3-0 lead.
Brewster added another run in the bottom half of the fifth as Fitch tripled to the 380 marker in right center field and Gahagan slapped an RBI single up the middle to extend the Whitecaps lead to 4-0.
Max Hermann, the Whitecaps newest roster addition made his debut in relief of McClure, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing three hits.
Orleans added a run in the top of the eighth off of Walter Borkovich as Adam Haseley advanced to first on an error allowing Ethan Paul to score and cutting the Caps lead to 4-1.
With the Firebirds threating, and the tying run at the plate in the top of the eighth, Matt Davis made a highlight-reel sliding stop at third base, firing to first to end the frame and prevent further damage.
Ryan Feltner entered the ninth inning for a save opportunity, yet allowed one run and loaded the bases to make it 4-2 Brewster. Landon Hughes entered to retire the final two batters yet he allowed an RBI single by Haseley to tie the game at 4-4. The Caps were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth as the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
The Whitecaps return to action on Tuesday as we travel to Red Wilson Field to face the Y.D Red Sox at 5 p.m.
Konnor Pilkington fired seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out five batters and Matt Davis smashed his league-leading seventh home run of the season as the Brewster Whitecaps defeated Cotuit 5-0 on Saturday evening. The Caps move to 11-14 with the victory.
The Caps opened the scoring in the top of the first and Logan Warmoth picked up his 18th RBI of the season to bring home Nick Dunn on a fielder’s choice and give Brewster the 1-0 lead.
Brewster chased the Cotuit starter, Jason Bilous in the second inning after he issued a bases-loaded walk to Bryce Jordan to make the score 2-0. Davis slapped a home run in the third to extend the Whitecaps lead to 3-0.
They would add two more runs in the fourth inning to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Kekai Rios doubled to begin the frame and Brent Rooker brought him around with a sacrifice fly. Davis then singled to left field to plate Dunn and give the Caps the 5-0 lead, which they would never relinquish.
Pilkington only got better as the game progressed, as he opened the outing sitting at 87-89 yet was sitting at 91-93 as he moved deeper into the game.
The Whitecaps failed to score any runs after the fifth inning, as strong relief pitching from the Cotuit bullpen kept them off the board.
With the Whitecaps leading by a secure margin, Hansen Butler worked around a couple base runners to toss a scoreless eight, while Tyler Zuber struck out a pair in the ninth to secure Brewster’s second straight win.
The Whitecaps return to action when they face the Orleans Firebirds on Sunday at Stony Brook Field.
Hunter Martin fired six innings of one-run baseball to earn the win as the Brewster Whitecaps defeated the Chatham Anglers, 2-1 on Friday night at Stony Brook Field.
The Whitecaps improve to 10-14 with the win over Chatham.
Martin struggled with his control in the early part of the game, as he walked five Anglers in the first three innings. However, Martin settled down, allowing four hits throughout the contest while striking out three.
The Anglers opened the scoring in the top of the third inning as Tanner Gardner recorded a sac-fly to center field to score Jake Palomaki and give the Anglers the 1-0 lead.
The Whitecaps struck back quickly in the bottom of the third. With one out and Whitecaps on first and second, Ryan Gridley slapped a groundball to Chatham third baseman Sean Bouchard. Bouchard hoped to turn an inning ending double play, yet his throw pulled Chatham first baseman Jeremy Vasquez off the bag as Gridley reached on the error.
Bryce Jordan and Nick Dunn then recorded back-to-back RBI singles to give Brewster the 2-1 lead.
The Whitecaps bullpen would be called upon to secure the victory, and they went to arguably one of their best relievers as Zac Lowther fired 2.1 perfect innings for Brewster to retire the final seven batters of the game, four coming via strikeouts.
Lowther struck out two in the top of the ninth to secure the win for Brewster. They snapped a six-game losing streak with the victory.
The Whitecaps travel to Cotuit to face the Ketteleers at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
After a hard loss at Red Wilson Field on Tuesday night, the Whitecaps returned home to face the Falmouth Commodores. They last played Falmouth on June 20th and won 11-6. They hoped to get another game like their Falmouth trip to end their 5 game losing streak. Instead, they got beat badly on their home field and fell to the Commodores 13-8.
The game did start well for the Caps. As they have for the last six games in a row, Brewster scored in the first inning. Zach Gahagan (UNC) singled in two runs in the 1st to put Brewster up 2-0. They had more runners on, and as they have for their losing streak, they failed to score more runs. Falmouth made them pay for not scoring more, by getting two runs in the 2nd to tie the game, then exploding for 6 runs in the 3rd. The inning was highlighted by Matt McLaughlin's (Kansas) grand slam and chased Brewster starter Ryan Feltner (Ohio State) from the game.
Brewster did chip away at the score, getting two runs off a Logan Warmoth (UNC) solo homer and a Gahagan sacrifice fly. The four run deficit was as close as Brewster got for the rest of the night, though. Falmouth peppered Brewster pitching for three runs in the 5th, highlighted by Michael Gigliotti (Lipscomb) doubling in two runs, and two final runs in the 6th. Matt Duce (Dallas Baptist) tripled to open the inning and scored on a single by Gigliotti, and Falmouth had all the runs they needed.
Brewster did make the game closer at the end. Three runs scored in the bottom of the 7th, highlighted by Beau Jordan (LSU) doubling in Gahagan. Landon Hughes also pitched a perfect 8th inning, but by that point, Brewster ran out of answers. The game was called after the 8th inning due to darkness, and Brewster fell for the 6th straight game.
With the loss, Brewster falls even further into last place in the Eastern Division. They will travel to Boston, MA, to work out at Fenway Park tomorrow, and then they return to action at home against Chatham on Friday.
The Whitecaps arrived at Red Wilson Field riding a 4 game losing streak. They looked to end their pain on Tuesday night in Yarmouth. Instead, they suffered their most disappointing loss of the season and fell farther behind in the standings.
The game did start well. They scored three runs in the first inning, as they did on Monday against Harwich. Logan Warmoth (UNC) singled and drove in Bryce Jordan (LSU). Warmoth then scored on a wild pitch and Matt Davis (VCU) drove in Brent Rooker (Mississippi St.) to make it 3-0. Like Harwich before them, though, the Yarmoth Dennis Red Sox quickly struck back and took a sizable lead. The Sox got one run in the 2nd with a Matthew Whatley (Oral Roberts) RBI single. They then exploded for 5 runs in the third and ran Brewster starter Tyler Zuber (Arkansas State) from the game.
YD took a 6-3 lead after 3. Brewster chipped away at that lead over the middle innings. The Whitecaps got single runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings. Zach Gahagan (UNC) and Colby Fitch (Louisville) got solo home runs to lead off the 5th and 6th inning respectively. Gahagan walked to open the 7th inning, and scored with 2 outs when his college roommate, Logan Warmoth, singled him home.
After tying the game late, Brewster gave their fans one more unfortunate flashback to Monday night's game against Harwich. With Zac Lowther (Xavier) on the hill and striking out his first 5 opponents, Tyler Houston (Butler) singled with 2 outs. Then Nolan Brown (TCU) hit the ball to right field, where Jon Littell (Oklahoma St.) slipped and let the ball get behind him. Brown got to third for a triple, and Houston scored to give YD the lead. Will Toffey (Vanderbilt) then dropped a bunt to third base, and drove in Brown on an RBI single to put YD ahead 8-6. Brewster put some baserunners on in the 9th, but failed to score, losing in similar fashion to Independence Day against Harwich.
Zac Lowther was the tough luck losing pitcher, notching his first loss of the summer. Brewster lost their fifth game in a row and fell to 9-13 on the season. Brewster will try and end their losing streak tomorrow afternoon with a matchup with Falmouth. The last time these teams faced off, Brewster blew Falmouth out on the road 13-6 on July 20th.
Harwich scored four times in the top of the second inning and crushed a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning as the Harwich Mariners defeated the Brewster Whitecaps 11-7 on Independence Day at Stony Brook Field.
The Whitecaps struck early in the contest as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Dunn led off the inning with a double down the left field line and Bryce Jordan drove him in with a single to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. They would add two more runs as Colby Fitch slapped a single to right field, and Matt Davis singled to left to make it 2-0.
The third run Brewster scored came on a double-steal as Davis swiped second and Fitch stole home with a headfirst slide to make it 3-0 Whitecaps.
The Mariners would not go quietly, as they struck back with four runs in the top of the second inning. Austin Filiere cranked a two-run home run to left field to make it 3-2 and Anthony Critelli added an RBI double to tied the game at 3-3.
Harwich added three runs in the fourth thanks to a two-run triple from Anthony Duplantis and an RBI single from Joe Dunand to make it 7-3 in favor of the Mariners.
The Whitecaps would work their way back into the game, as Warmoth delivered an RBI single in the sixth to make it 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth and Brewster rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Davis recorded a leadoff single; Kekai Rios and Brent Rooker worked back-to-back walks. Bryce Jordan worked a bases-loaded walk to cut the lead to 7-5. With the bases still full of Whitecaps, Logan Warmoth delivered a two-out double down the left field line to tie the game at 7-7.
In the top of the eighth, Whitecaps pitching came up short, as Jacob Westphal allowed a grand slam to Nick Feight and Harwich reclaimed an 11-7 lead that they would not relinquish as they claimed the 11-7 victory.
Anthony Critelli went 4-4 for Harwich and the Mariners offense exploded for 20 hits and 11 runs. The Caps once again struggled with runners in scoring position, stranding 12 runners during the contest.
Brewster drops to 9-12 with the loss and will hit the road to face the Y.D Red Sox tomorrow at 5 p.m.