Game 28 Preview: Ryan Garcia gets the start as Wareham visits Cotuit
COTUIT – The Wareham Gatemen (16-10) return to Lowell Park for the second time this season to take on the Cotuit Kettleers (12-12-1).
The Gatemen enter today’s game having improved their record drastically yesterday. In addition to their 9-2 win over Chatham, the Gatemen actually had a loss taken away. Wareham received confirmation that they won their protest that took place in Hyannis on July 8.
In that contest, DH Pavin Parks came in to pitch, was eventually taken off the mound, and attempted to return to the DH spot after pitching. The umpiring crew did not allow Parks to return to his spot in the lineup, so the Gatemen filed to protest with one out in the seventh and the Harbor Hawks ahead 6-5.
Now, the Gatemen will make up the final three innings of this game on July 18 at noon before they head over to play the Whitecaps in Brewster at 5 p.m. To read more about the protest and the initial game recap, click here.
As for the game that actually took place yesterday, Wareham smoked Chatham 9-2 and completed the 4-game season series sweep of the Anglers. In all four games, it was not much of a contest for Wareham. The Gatemen outscored the Anglers 34-12 in the four games combined.
Last night, Wareham had numerous outstanding offensive performers including Isaac Collins (3-5, 2 RBIs, 2 R, SB, BB), Jeremy Ydens, (3-5, 3 RBIs, R, SB) and Jakob Goldfarb (1-1, 3 BB, 2 R, HBP).
On the mound, the Gatemen staff scattered eight hits throughout the game and only surrendered two runs. Lael Lockhart Jr. pitched four innings out of the bullpen to record the win. Ken Waldichuk got the start giving up one run while Tyler Keysor and Pavin Parks pitched the final three innings of the game without allowing a run.
The Kettleers enter today’s game having lost their last time out. Cotuit lost 5-2 to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks after giving up three runs in the seventh. Joe Walsh suffered the loss for Cotuit as he allowed all three runs to score in the seventh. In that inning, Davis Wendzel, Matthew Barefoot, and Pedro Pages all had RBI singles.
In their two previous matchups this year, the Gatemen have won both times. The first game Wareham won at home 4-2 back on June 14. Connor Lunn was the winning pitching as he threw four innings out of the bullpen. The second time out, Wareham was victorious again as they rolled to an 8-1 win behind six scoreless innings from Joey Matulovich.
Here are today’s lineups:
- Isaac Collins, RF - Creighton
- Sahid Valenzuela, 2B – Cal State Fullerton
- Jeremy Ydens, LF – UCLA
- Lael Lockhart Jr., 1B - Houston
- Pavin Parks, 3B – Kent State
- Gian Martellini, C – Boston College
- Ryan Kreidler, SS – UCLA
- Jakob Goldfarb, DH – Oregon
- Skyler Hunter, CF - Purdue
SP.Ryan Garcia, RHP - UCLA
- Zach Biermann, DH – Coastal Carolina
- Michael Toglia, LF - UCLA
- Thomas Dillard, 1B – Ole Miss
- Will Robertson, RF – Creighton
- Ryan Reynolds, 3B – Texas
- Duke Ellis, CF – Texas
- Brady Smith, 2B – Florida
- Zach Humphreys, C - TCU
- Adam Oviedo, SS - TCU
SP.John Baker, RHP – Ball State