By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
DENNIS, M.A. - The Whitecaps three-game winning streak has sadly come to an end despite some brilliant pitching.
The Whitecaps entered Y-D looking for their fourth straight win. Instead, they come out of Y-D with a 1-1 tie. This is the second time the Whitecaps and Red Sox have faced each other this season. Both have resulted in tie games.
“Getting a tie given the circumstances at the end makes this feel like a win,” Manager Jame Shevchik said.
With no chance at winning going to the bottom of the ninth, it was either tie or lose for the Whitecaps and they ended up with the better result.
Bryce Hubbart (Florida State) got the start today for the Whitecaps on his birthday and dominated the Red Sox batting order. He finished with nine strikeouts, only allowed one hit, and didn't allow a run in five innings pitched.
“ I felt great, I wanted 10 strikeouts, but I'll take nine in five innings any day,” Hubbart said.
The bullpen once again was stellar for the Whitecaps allowing one run in the final four innings.
The first man out of the bullpen was Brendan Girton (Texas Tech) making his debut for the Whitecaps. He went two innings, had three strikeouts, and only allowed one run.
The second man out of the bullpen was Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) who continued his brilliant run here on the Cape. Stanavich recorded the final six outs as well as having four strikeouts, he only allowed one hit and did not allow a single run. Stanavich also struck out the side in the eighth inning.
“Every time I come out here I have something to prove I came here on a business trip,” Stanavich said.
Stanavich is one of three Rutgers pitchers on the team along with Harrison Rutkowski and Brian Fitzpatrick.
“I would take those three guys on any pitching staff I have ever had,” Manager Jamie Shevchik's response when he was asked about the Rutgers pitchers.
The Whitecaps lone run came off of a Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) home run in the top of the first. That was his second home run in the last two games. This was also Cross’s final game before he goes to play for Team USA for the next two weeks.
The Whitecaps now (3-2-2) will have another off-day tomorrow. They will be back at home Wednesday at 5 pm against Chatham for the third time this year the series is split 1-1.