You know how Jordan’s Furniture has been known to offer free furniture if the Sox win the World Series? Well, the company is well advised to renew their insurance policy to cover the cost of giving away all those sofa beds and dinette sets again this year. That’s because the Sox are a virtual shoo-in to win the World Series in 2017.
It has nothing to do with the fact that now, with the addition of proven lefthander Chris Sale, they have four dependable, marquis starters. And it’s not because they have one of the deepest line-ups in the league and an exceptionally strong defense.
Nope – the reason they will win is because they acquired relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers. Thornburg is a hard-throwing 28-year-old right hander, who put up some impressive numbers in 2016: 2.15 ERA, 13 saves and 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 67 appearances. And he took over as Milwaukee's closer after Jeremy Jeffress was dealt to the Rangers at the trade deadline. The Red Sox say Thornburg will be cast as the set-up guy, but watch out, Craig Kimbrell.
Regardless of his specific bullpen role, it’s highly likely that Thornburg will make a big contribution to Boston’s success this season. But still, you say, there is no way one relief pitcher can assure a team of a World Series Championship. If the team is the Boston Red Sox, sure he can. But not because of his talent. Because of his resume.
You see, Tyler Thornburg played one summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Brewster Whitecaps. Bingo.
Track with me now: the Boston Red Sox have won three World Series Championships in the last 100-plus years, right? Well, there was one common element across all three of those wins. Each and every time, the team had a former Brewster Whitecaps player on the roster. Mike Myers in 2004, Bobby Kielty in 2007 (when he hit the game and Series winning home run against Colorado) and David Ross in the magical, preposterous 2013 campaign.
So there it is. Put it in the bank. Lock it up. Lead-pipe cinch. Sewn up. Done deal. Get Vegas on the phone, you can’t lose. In Brewster, we’re already planning the victory party. But wait, you say, has there ever been a Whitecaps player on a Red Sox team that didn’t win the World Series?
What the heck kind of a buzz-killing question is that?
Go Sox in ’17. It’s going to be a Whitecaps four-bagger. Bet on it.
-- Jim Decker
Brewster Whitecaps Communications Director
JC Holt, along with 5 other standout players, was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame in ceremonies held Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Chatham Bars Inn.
The sweet-swinging LSU product enjoyed a banner season for the Whitecaps in 2003, named Cape League MVP after leading the league with .388 batting average, breaking Brewster team record previously held by Bobby Kielty’s .384 in 1999.
The Sieper, La., native produced 52 hits and .423 OBP with a 21-game hitting streak as he led Whitecaps to East Division title and best record (24-17-3) in CCBL. Holt played three outfield positions, finishing second in the league with six assists and also played second base. He was NCAA Regional MVP before arriving on the Cape. He was drafted by Atlanta in 3rd round of 2004 Draft and played in minor leagues for eight years, hitting .277 overall and batted over .300 four times. JC is currently a high school teacher and (of course) baseball coach in central Louisiana.
JC was accompanied by his mom & dad, John and Janet, along with his wife, Tiffany and son, Gavin.
After a difficult extra inning loss at Stony Brook Field on Tuesday, Brewster had one last chance to punch their ticket to their second consecutive playoff appearance. They went to Whitehouse Field to play the Harwich Mariners. Unfortunately, Brewster ran out of steam and the season came to an end.
As was the story much of the season, Brewster started the game well. Zach Gahagan (UNC) drove in Nick Dunn (Maryland) on an RBI double in the first inning. Harwich did get a run back in the bottom of the first, on a double by Anthony Critelli (Holy Cross) to score Austin Filiere (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Brewster then struck for three runs in the second. Mariner starter Maddux Conger (Vanderbilt) struggled in the second, giving up two singles and three walks to allow the Brewster runs. Brewster gave a 4-1 lead to their ace, Hunter Martin (Tennessee). He gave Brewster another good outing, pitching 6 innings, striking out 4, and keeping the game close for most of the way.
Unfortunately, the ugly part of the Whitecaps season showed its head: losing leads late. Martin gave up runs in the third and fourth innings, but still carried a 4-3 lead into the 6th. Harwich then claimed the lead on a two run home run by Joe Dunand (North Carolina State). Harwich's bullpen kept the potent Brewster offense quiet the rest of the way. The only threat made by Brewster was in the 6th when Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech) reached first base on an error, then advanced to 2nd on a groundout. Another groundout ended the threat and Brewster never got that close again.
Harwich showed why they are the best pitching team in the league and silenced the Whitecaps bats. BJ Myers (West Virginia), Zach Schellenger (Seton Hall), and Nick Brown (William and Mary) all pitched effectively for Harwich, sealed a 5-4 Mariner win, and ended the Whitecaps 2016 season.
The Whitecaps had a tumultuous season, and while it didn't end with a playoff berth, it still had some highlights. The offense had the best team batting average, tied for the most home runs, and scored the most runs in the league. Matt Davis (VCU) went from being a temporary player to leading the Cape League in home runs for much of the season, finishing tied for second in the league with seven blasts. The often maligned pitching staff also had some major highlights, primarily the performance of Zach Lowther (Xavier), who led the league in strikeouts. He struck out 54 batters, ten more batters than any other pitcher in the league. There were plenty of high moments in the 2016 season. Thank you for following the Whitecaps all season. We'll see you in June 2017 for a new season.
Will Toffey drove in the go-ahead run for Y-D in the top of the ninth inning to lift the YD Red Sox Whitecaps to a 5-4 victory as the Brewster Whitecaps fell on Monday afternoon in Brewster.
The Red Sox struck first, as Joey Thomas delivered an RBI single to score Matt Winaker and give them a 1-0 lead. The Caps tied it up in the bottom of the second as Bryce Jordan delivered a sac-fly to tie it up at 1-1.
Two costly errors in the top of the third allowed YD to take a 2-1 lead as Will Toffey grounded into a fielder’s choice and scored a run.
Brewster again battled back in the bottom half of the fourth as Ryan Gridley continued his strongoffensive play and ripped an RBI double to drive in Kekai Rios who led off the inning with a double.
Nick Dunn drove in Gridley in the sixth inning to give Brewster a 3-2 lead, and Zach Gahagan put Brewster on top 4-3 in the eighth inning with an RBI single to center field.
Y. D battled back in the top half of the ninth as J.J Muno reached on a single and stole second. Dillon Persinger deposited an RBI single into center to tie the contest at 4-4 and Toffey singled home the winning run from second.
The Caps struggled to score throughout the game, leaving 15 runners on base. Landon Hughes took the loss, and Brewster starter Zac Lowther lasted only four innings, allowing two runs (1ER) and six hits while striking out one.
The Caps return to action on Tuesday afternoon as they face the Harwich Mariners at 4 p.m.
Adam Haseley collected three hits, sparking the Orleans Firebirds to a 5-4 victory over the Brewster Whitecaps on Sunday afternoon at Eldredge Park. The Firebirds secured a playoff berth with the victory.
Walter Borkovich had the start for Brewster, allowing two runs on six hits over four full innings while striking out four. Borkovich was outdueled by Jason Morgan, and Will Stokes, who combined to keep the Whitecaps to four runs on the evening.
Morgan earned the victory as Orleans held on to a 5-4 lead and Borkovich surrendered his second loss of the season.
The Firebirds struck first in the bottom of the first as Brian Miller slapped a lead off single and Riley Adams brought him around to give the Firebirds the 1-0 lead.
The Caps battled back in the second, as Ryan Noda drove in Kel Johnson with an RBI double that struck the base of the wall in right field to make the score 1-1.
Orleans took the lead once again in the bottom of the second, as Garrett Benge ripped a liner into right field to drive in Keegan McGovern.
Max Herrmann ran into trouble in relief of Borkovich as Zach Kirtley slapped a single to center and Hasley reached on a bunt. Kirtley would score on an error and Payton Squire sent an RBI single to left field to add two more runs as the Firebirds jumped out to a 5-1 lead.
Brewster fought back in the top of the sixth, and Bryce Jordan was hit by a pitch, and Nick Dunn brought him around with an RBI double. Zach Gahagan added another run with an RBI single to left center to cut Orleans’ lead to 5-3. Brent Rooker drove in Gahagan with an RBI double to the fence to make it 5-4.
The Caps were unable to muster any further offense as Brandon Bielak entered the game to open the ninth and made quick work of the Whitecaps to record his fifth save of the season.
Brewster drops to 16-23-2 and will host the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on Monday at 4:00 p.m.
Tyler Lawrence smashed a two run home run in the top of the fifth inning to lift the Falmouth Commodores to a 6-4 victory over the Brewster Whitecaps on Saturday evening at Stony Brook Field.
The Whitecaps opted for a bullpen game, as Jacob Wloczewski made his first start of the season, allowing three runs over three innings of work.
Brewster struck first as Bryce and Beau Jordan tallied back-to-back hits and Brent Rooker brought in a run with an RBI single to left field to give the Caps a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Commodores would equalize in the top of the second as Ryan Chandler slapped an RBI single to make it 1-1 and Matt McLaughlin drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to give Falmouth a 2-1 lead. A.J Graffanino drove in a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the second to tie the game once again at 2-2.
Josh Watson added another run for Falmouth via the sac-fly to give them the 3-2 lead in the top of the third. Lawrence’s home run in the fifth added insurance for the Commodores.
They would need it as Brewster attempted a comeback when Graffanino delivered an RBI single in the seventh and Beau Jordan added another run with an RBI single to cut Falmouth’s lead to 6-4.
The Caps were unable to score again and the game was called due to darkness after eight innings.
After a late inning collapse against Wareham, Brewster looked to get back into the win column against the Bourne Braves on Wednesday night. They got a sensational pitching performance, timely hitting, and unlike Tuesday, enough bullpen help to seal the victory.
Hunter Martin (Tennessee) took the hill and was sensational. Martin retired the first six batters he faced, and pitched his way out of a few jams. He left a runner on third base in the fourth inning, left runners on second and third in the fifth, and left a runner on second base in the eighth inning. Martin pitched 8 shutout innings, striking out three and walking only 2.
Bourne's starter, Doug Norman (LSU), pitched well. He worked through a few jams, including leaving two runners on base in the second and third innings. After two straight 1,2,3 innings though, Norman got tired. He hit college teammate Bryce Jordan to lead off the 6th, and threw behind Zach Gahagan (UNC) to allow Jordan to go to 3rd. He left and Chad Luensmann (Nebraska) came on. He gave up an RBI single to Gahagan and then a two run homer to Brent Rooker (Mississippi State). Rooker's homer was his first of the summer, and put Brewster ahead 3-0.
Brewster didn't score another run, but Martin pitched well enough to give Brewster's bullpen a chance to seal the victory. That's where things got interesting. Wyatt Burns (Samford University) came on and got the first two outs. Then he surrendered a single and two walks to load the bases with two outs. Jesse Mendoza batted as the winning run, but grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Brewster's 3-0 victory was the team's first shutout victory of the season, and Brewster got back to a three point lead over Chatham with the Anglers loosing 10-0 to Harwich. Thursday is an off day for the Cape League. When action resumes on Friday, Brewster will travel to Red Wilson Field to play the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. First pitch will be at 5PM. Konnor Pilkington (Mississippi State) is slated to start.
Zac Lowther was brilliant on Tuesday afternoon as he fired 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out eight batters, scattering five hits, and walking none.
The Whitecaps bullpen failed to hold the lead as the Caps fell to the Wareham Gatemen by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday evening at Stony Brook.
The Whitecaps did all of their offensive damage in the first inning as Bryce Jordan and Nick Dunn each reached base to open the frame. Logan Warmoth then crushed an RBI double to deep right center field to give Brewster a 1-0 lead.
Zach Gahagan plated Dunn with an RBI groundout and Brent Rooker delivered another run via groundout to give Brewster the 3-0 lead. They would fail to score again in the contest.
In relief of Zac Lowther, Tyler Zuber recorded four straight outs before imploding in the ninth. Wareham added three runs on three hits to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the ninth.
The Caps were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth, forcing the first extra innings game at Stony Brook this season.
Robbie Metz reached on an infield single to lead off the frame, and advanced to second on an infield hit by Cole Freeman. Dominic Miroglio would be the hero for Wareham as he launched a sacrifice fly to center field to score Robbie Metz and propel the Gatemen to their seventh straight victory with a 4-3 score.
The Caps return to action tomorrow when they travel to Bourne to face the Braves at 6 p.m. as they continue to battle for a playoff spot.
After a season defining victory on Friday night against Chatham, Brewster looked to start the final stretch of the season with a victory over the Falmouth Commodores at Arnie Allen Diamond. They put up a good fight, but the Commodores boast the best record in the League and showed their talent on Sunday night.
Most of the offense for both teams happened in the first inning. Nick Dunn (Maryland) singled in AJ Graffanino (Washington) to put Brewster ahead 1-0. Falmouth then answered in the bottom of the 1st with an RBI double by JJ Matijevic (Arizona) and an RBI single by Joshua Watson (Texas Christian). From there, the game turned into a duel of bullpens.
Erik Martinez (Cal Berkely) started the game for Brewster and did not last long. He pitched well, but gave way to the bullpen in the fourth inning. Falmouth starter Brady Singer (Florida) also started well but left after the fourth inning. The bullpens for both teams only gave up one run a piece. Falmouth got theirs in the 4th on a home run by Michael Cantu (Texas). Brewster got theirs in the 6th on AJ Graffanino's first home run since high school. That proved to be the last threat for Brewster.
The Whitecaps were retired in order in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings by the efforts of Brett Gilchrist (Dallas Baptist), Stephen Villines (Kansas), and Corbin Martin (Texas A&M). Falmouth won 3-2 and Brewster maintained their place in the standings with Chatham losing to Hyannis. Brewster has an off day on Monday, then returns home to face the Wareham Gatemen at 5 PM on Tuesday.
Konnor Pilkington fired six scoreless innings for Brewster and Nick Dunn delivered the walk-off two-run RBI single to lift the Caps to a 5-4 victory over the Chatham Anglers on Friday night at Stony Brook Field. The Whitecaps improved to 14-19-2 with the win.
The Caps tallied their only runs of the night in the bottom half of the fourth inning and Beau Jordan singled and Ryan Noda worked a walk before Kel Johnson delivered an RBI single into left field to give the Caps the 2-0 lead.
Pilkington was brilliant through six innings and Walter Borkovich fired a scoreless seventh and eighth, yet the tide turned for Brewster in the top of the ninth.
Chatham was able to get the first two men on base in the frame on an E5 and E1. A sac fly cut the lead to 2-1 and an RBI double from Jeremy Vazquez tied the ballgame at 2-2. Orlando Garcia made it 3-2 with an RBI single, and the fourth run in the inning came home via wild pitch to make it 4-2.
The Caps had life in the bottom of the ninth, as Beau Jordan led off the frame with a solo home run to left field to cut Chatham’s lead to 4-3. Ryan Noda worked a walk and Ryan Gridley dropped a single into left field.
Pinch Runner A.J Graffanino advanced to third base on a passed ball and Nick Dunn smashed an RBI single up the middle to plate Graffanino and Gridley as the Caps walked off with the 5-4 win.
The Caps return to action on Sunday, when they travel to Falmouth to face the Commodores at 5 p.m.