HARWICH, MA- The Whitecaps entered Independence Day weekend with the hottest offense in the Cape League. Orleans and Bourne held Brewster to three runs total on Friday and Saturday and Brewster fell under .500 on Sunday for the first time since being 3-4 early in June. The Caps looked to end their skid and get back to .500 on Sunday, but ran into more offensive problems at Whitehouse Field in Harwich.
The first inning went well for Brewster, with Matt Davis (VCU) hitting another double and scoring on Colby Fitch's (Louisville) single. Unfortunately, Brewster did not score again. Brewster outhit Harwich for the whole game 7-5, and didn't commit a single error while the Mariners committed two. However, Brewster repeatedly got runners into scoring position and failed to drive them in. In total, nine Whitecaps were left on base in the game. That one run in the first inning did look like it could hold though.
Kade McClure (Louisville) had his best start of the summer, throwing seven strong innings, striking out nine Mariners, and giving up no runs for the first six innings. Once the 7th inning arrived, Harwich broke through and got on the board. Joe Dunnand (North Carolina State) singled to open the inning and Johnny Adams (Boston College) hit a two run homer to left field to give Harwich their only two runs of the game.
Brewster got the tying runner to scoring position in both the 8th and 9th inning, but the runners were stranded both times. Colby Fitch got to 3rd with two out in the 8th, but Ryan Noda (Cincinnati) struck out to end the inning. Zach Gahagan (North Carolina) led off the 9th with his 2nd single of the game, and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Bryce Jordan (LSU). Gahagan did not advance beyond 2nd, as Logan Warmoth (North Carolina) struck out and AJ Graffinino (Washington) grounded out to end the game.
With the 2-1 victory, Harwich extended their lead in the Eastern Division and the Whitecaps dropped into last place in the division. These teams will rematch tomorrow, on Independence Day, at Stony Brook Field. First pitch will be at 5 PM.
BREWSTER, Mass- Whitecaps Fall To Bourne, 2-1
Konnor Pilkington fired seven innings of two-run ball as the Brewster Whitecaps fell to the Bourne Braves 2-1 on Saturday night at Stony Brook Field.
The Whitecaps opened the scoring in the home half of the first inning as Logan Warmoth singled to center field and Colby Fitch smashed an RBI double down the right field line to plate Warmoth and give the Caps a 1-0 lead.
Bourne would tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third as Jake Mangum singled to right, Connor Wong worked a walk and David MacKinnon slapped an RBI single to equalize the score.
The Caps threatened in the bottom of the fifth as Matt Davis and Nick Dunn tallied back-to-back two-out singles, yet they were unable to capitalize, as the score remained 1-1.
Bourne added a run in the top half of the seventh as Mangum drove in Reyes with an RBI infield single to make it 2-1 Bourne. The run would prove to be the winner for the Braves as the Whitecaps failed to plate another run.
Brewster put two men on base in the seventh, yet Dunn grounded out with men at the corners to end the frame as the Caps came away scoreless. Once again, Brewster’s inability to push runs across the board proved to be critical, as the Whitecaps stranded seven runners during the contest.
The Caps fall to 9-10 with the loss, and it is the first time Brewster has been below .500 since June 17 when they were 3-4.
Pilkington took the tough-luck loss as he allowed two runs and struck out four over seven strong innings while Doug Norman earned the win in relief for Bourne.
The Whitecaps return to action tomorrow, as they travel to Harwich to face the Mariners at 5:30 p.m.
Matt Davis slashed a leadoff home run for Brewster and Sean Guenther tossed 4.1 innings of one-run ball as the Orleans Firebirds defeated the Whitecaps 7-2 on Friday night at Eldridge Park. Davis tallied two extra-base hits for the Whitecaps, with his homer in the first inning and doubled in the third inning.
The Caps wasted no time to start the game, as Matt Davis sent his league-leading seventh home run of the season over the left field fence to put the Caps up 1-0.
Orleans tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the third inning on a sac-fly by Scott Hurst.
The Caps put pressure on Guenther in the third as Ryan Gridley singled and Davis doubled down the left field line. The situation in the third was not uncommon as the Caps struggled to plate runners all night, leaving eight men on base throughout the contest.
The Firebirds tallied two runs in the bottom of the sixth to jump out to a 3-1 lead as Drew Lugbauer drove in two runs with an RBI double.
Brewster loaded the bases in the top half of the seventh after Julian Infante and Ryan Gridley worked back-to-back walks and Davis was hit by a pitch, yet they were unable to capitalize as Nick Dunn grounded into a double play to end the frame.
Erik Martinez allowed back-to-back singles to Riley Mahan and Adam Haseley, and walked Keegan McGovern to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh. Ethan Paul slapped a two-run single up the middle to give Orleans a 5-1 lead. Orleans would add two more runs in the eighth, to make it a 7-1 game.
Ryan Gridley drove in a run with an RBI single in the ninth, yet the Firebirds held on to secure the 7-2 victory.
Brewster drops to 9-9 with the loss. The Whitecaps return to action as we host the Bourne Braves on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.