Game 11 Preview: Gatemen take on Firebirds for the third time this year
ORLEANS – The Wareham Gatemen (7-3) make their farthest road trip of the season as they travel to Orleans to take on the Firebirds (3-6) at Eldredge Park tonight at 7 p.m.
Wareham lost their game yesterday to the Bourne Braves 4-3. The Gatemen had a plethora of chances but did not take advantage of them. Wareham left seven runners in scoring position, including runners on second and third in the ninth inning.
Will Proctor (1-1, 3.85 ERA) suffered the loss after allowing the game-winning run in the eighth inning. To read the full game recap, click here.
The Firebirds are coming off a 3-0 shutout win yesterday against the Brewster Whitecaps for their third win of the season. RHP Kenyon Yovan pitched five shutout innings for Orleans and did not allow a hit.
Orleans scored all three of their runs in the fourth courtesy of a Spencer Steer RBI single, and a 2-run homer by Carter Aldrete.
Today is already the third matchup of the season between the Firebirds and the Gatemen. The Firebirds have already made their only visit of the season to Wareham. The two teams previously met for a doubleheader on June 17.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Gatemen trailed 3-1 in the last of the seventh, but stormed back to steal a 4-3 win. With two runners on base, Austin Shenton hit a walk-off 3-run homer to cap the comeback.
In game two, the Firebirds routed the Gatemen 10-4 as they recorded 16 hits in that contest. All five Gatemen pitchers who threw in that game allowed a run.
After today, the Gatemen will play the Firebirds one last time when they travel back to Orleans on July 28.
RHP Ryan Garcia is the scheduled starter for the Gatemen tonight and will be making his Cape League debut. Garcia is a recent roster addition and is a rising junior at UCLA. Garcia had a spectacular sophomore season as he went 8-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 22 games for the Bruins, 13 of them starts.
LHP Andrew Abbott (0-0, 3.00 ERA) is on the mound today for the Firebirds. Abbott is a rising sophomore at the University of Virginia and had a good freshman season. Abbott went 3-4 with a 3.18 in 24 games for the Cavaliers. Only one of his 24 appearances was a start. However, Abbott did start in his Cape League debut. Abbott pitched three innings allowing one run on three hits.
Another new roster addition, Sahid Valenzuela from Cal State Fullerton, makes his Gatemen debut as he is hitting second and playing second.
Here are today’s lineups:
- Jeremy Ydens, RF - UCLA
- Sahid Valenzuela, 2B – Cal State Fullerton
- Andrew Vaughn, 1B - California
- Austin Shenton, 3B – FIU
- Bryson Stott, SS - UNLV
- Lael Lockhart Jr., DH – Houston
- Bryant Packard, LF - ECU
- Skyler Hunter, CF - Purdue
- Luke Roskam, C - Nebraska
SP.Ryan Garcia, RHP - UCLA
- Pat DeMarco, CF – Vanderbilt
- JJ Bleday, RF - Vanderbilt
- Carter Aldrete, 2B – Arizona State
- Logan Wyatt, 1B - Louisville
- James Free II, C - Pacific
- Phil Clarke, DH – Vanderbilt
- Justin Lavey, 3B - Louisville
- Matt Fraizer, LF - Arizona
- Quincy McAfee, SS – Pepperdine
SP.Andrew Abbott, LHP – Virginia