By: Koki Riley
Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s bad. And sometimes, it’s downright ugly.
And an eight run ninth inning certainly qualifies as ugly. That’s exactly what happened on Wednesday evening at Stony Brook Field between the Brewster Whitecaps (6-6-1) and the Wareham Gatemen (7-5) in the Gatemen’s 11-0 thrashing of the Whitecaps.
Carson Coleman (Kentucky) and Peyton Alford (Virginia Tech) surrendered all eight runs in the ninth. And all eight runs were earned.
“Hitting is contagious. We’ve seen it on our end too,” Whitecaps hitting coach Ryan Smyth said. “Sometimes that’s not the easiest thing. The other teams hitting the ball, they’ve got a lot of confidence, things are going their way.”
It was a surprising performance given how solid the Whitecaps bullpen had been up to that point. Even before the final frame, the Whitecaps bullpen had allowed just one run in 3.2 innings pitched.
And yes, Brewster hadn’t played a game since Sunday’s double header in Cotuit. But there’s a difference between losing 3-0 and losing 11-0.
Offensively, the Whitecaps struggled for a third consecutive game. After scoring just four runs in last weekend’s double header, Brewster weren’t able to record a hit from innings three through eight.
In fact, the only time the Whitecaps came even close to recording a run was in the ninth inning when a single from Ciaran Devenney (UMass Lowell) nearly scored Luke Berryhill (South Carolina), who made his Whitecaps debut on Wednesday, from second base.
Instead Berryhill was thrown out at home plate, and Brewster’s night ended with a zero.
“We just need to get back in a rhythm,” Smyth said. “When we can play consistent baseball, day after day, constantly take batting practice, we can get into a rhythm.
Not all was wrong on Wednesday evening for the Whitecaps. Starting pitcher Cam Tringali (South Carolina) allowed just two earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched against a tough Gatemen offense. Striking out five batters and walking only one in the process.
Through 13.1 innings pitched this season, including three starts, Tringali’s 2.70 ERA and 14 strikeouts has led a somewhat inconsistent Whitecaps starting staff.
There will be no game for Brewster on Thursday when they head to Fenway Park for team workouts in front of scouts. But, the Whitecaps will head to Bourne on Friday for their next game.