BREWSTER, M.A. - The Whitecaps suffered a devastating loss to the Red Sox to end their winning streak.
The Red Sox came into Brewster had three hits and somehow walked out with a 5-4 win. The Whitecaps had some unusually uncharacteristic pitching and defense, to help out the Red Sox.
“Our offense is built around our pitching staff and that was the opposite today,” manager Jamie Shevchik said. “I hope this was one bad day because we can't have this happen for very long.”
Even though the pitching staff only allowed three hits, they did allow six walks.
“It was very uncharacteristic of our pitching staff today to not only give up walks but to give up lead-off walks and put pressure on our hitters,” Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps went down 2-0 after the top of the third. They were able to get one run back in the bottom half of the third off an Alex Freeland (UCF) double that brought home a run.
The Red Sox then struck again to make the game 4-1. The Whitecaps scratched across another run in the bottom of the fourth. Porter Brown (TCU) grounded out. That scored Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech).
In the bottom of the 5th came one of the most impressive at-bats of the year. Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech) was up with two men on base. Biddison battled through a ten-pitch at-bat resulting in a ripped single that brought both runners home. This tied the game at 4-4.
“During that at-bat, I was like it's time to hit one now because this pitcher keeps leaving them over the plate,” Biddison said.
The excitement in the Whitecaps dugout quickly went down after the Red Sox scored to make it 5-4, in the very next inning.
The last hope for the Whitecaps came in the bottom seventh. Will Simpson (Washington) hit a ball all the way back to the warning track that was caught, crushing the Whitecaps hopes to tie the game.
The game was called in the top of the ninth inning due to fog on the field.
“You don't want to lose two games in a row going into an off day, so that puts a lot of pressure on Teddy McGraw to go out and have a day tomorrow,” manager Jamie Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps now (10-6-2) will be at Chatham tomorrow at 7 p.m.