By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – At 4-6 in their last 10 games the Brewster Whitecaps (10-10-1) are barely treading above water in the Eastern Division.
Entering Saturday night’s contest with a five-point advantage over the Harwich Mariners, Brewster at the very least needed a win in order to stay at least three points up on the last place Mariners.
But instead, Harwich swept the Wareham Gatemen to get to 10 wins on the season and the Whitecaps fell in their matchup against the Falmouth Commodores (10-8-1).
And because of that, Brewster now sits atop Harwich for the last spot in the playoffs by just a point. A lone tie against the Chatham Anglers separating Brewster from the Mariners in the division.
The Whitecaps had their chance to maintain some separation over their divisional rivals. A 3-0 lead through five innings gave Brewster a sense of confidence heading into the ladder half of the game.
Whitecaps starting pitcher Matthew Mikulski (Fordham) had only surrendered a hit in five innings of work. And a slow start from the offense eventually turned into a productive bottom of the fifth where Brewster scored three runs on two singles and two errors from Falmouth shortstop Trei Cruz (Rice).
"He was very good," Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said. "He deserved the win."
And then it all changed on one swing of the bat.
A three-run home run from Troy Claunch (Oregon State) tied the score in a game where the Commodores had just one hit in the prior five frames.
"Mikulski pitched good enough to win," Shevchik said. "Very rarely do you go five innings with one hit and leave the game with a three run lead and not get the win."
Another run in the seventh then came on an RBI single from Steven Moretto (Sacramento State) and two scoreless innings later, Brewster had been defeated in a game that seemed to be firmly in the Whitecaps grasp.
The Whitecaps head over to Chatham on Sunday night. First pitch from Veterans Field is at 7 p.m.