Sam Travis went 2-3 with an RBI double in the Red Sox? 9-2 loss to Chatham Friday.
By: Corey Burns
The Chatham Anglers came to Red Wilson Field and rolled over the Y-D Red Sox 9-2 to hand them their first home loss of the season.
Anglers starting pitcher Kurt Schluter allowed the only two Red Sox runs in the first followed by four shut out innings. Jimmy Litchfield relieved Schluter after five innings and earned the win for the Anglers allowing no runs in the three innings pitched. Thomas Lawrence and Jake Joyce each threw a scoreless inning in the eighth and ninth to add to the dominating pitching performance of the Anglers.
Rick Knapp got the start for the Red Sox and got a no-decision, allowing two unearned runs and four strikeouts. Tyler Smith relieved him after five innings and took the loss as the Anglers offense started clicking in the sixth.
Chatham struck first in the first with Adam Engel leading off reaching base on an error. Engel stole second, was advanced to third and driven in by catcher Andrew Knapp.
The Red Sox responded in the home half of the first with a pair of runs. Sam Travis drove in Carlos Asuaje and Sean Dwyer singled to center to bring home Travis. The Red Sox took the 2-1 lead after one but those two runs would not get the win.
In the top of the third the Anglers got even. Chad Pinder struck out swinging but advanced to first base after the catcher dropped the ball on strike three. Pinder advanced to second on an errant pick-off attempt and then to third on a pitch in the dirt. Andrew Knapp lined to left field and reached on the Red Sox third error of the game. Pinder scored to tie the game.
In the bottom of the third, Y-D was threatening with men on second and third, Alex Blandino flied out to center to end the inning.
In the fourth Anglers? Dale Carey reached on an infield single. He stole second and was advanced to third when the ball went into center field. Dante Flores thought he had the go ahead RBI when he flied to left and seemingly drove in Carey. Y-D appealed the tag and caught Carey leaving early to end the inning, he would make up for it though.
Sean Dwyer led off the bottom of the fourth with a shot to right field, and Carey, who may have just cost the Anglers a run, saved one. He leaped up against the fence attempting to rob Dwyer of a sure home run. Carey did not make the catch but kept the ball in play leaving Dwyer with a leadoff double. Katz, Mathis, and Taylor were all retired and could not drive Dwyer in.
The Anglers offense came around in the sixth. Tyler Smith relieved Knapp and hits the first batter. After getting a strikeout, Dale Carey hit a two-run home run, his first of the year, to put Chatham up two.? After recording his second out Dante Flores hit a two out double ending Smith?s night. Jonny Hoffman came in and struck out Adam Engel to end the inning.
Hoffman continued in the seventh allowing a single to Chad Pinder. Pinder stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball. Hoffman was called for a balk that brought in Pinder to give the Anglers a 5-2 lead.
The bottom of the seventh was another inning where the Red Sox just could not capitalize. Tanner Mathis led off the inning with a stand-up triple down the right field line. Wayne Taylor lined out to the pitcher, Jake Schrader pinch hit and struck out, and Carlos Asuaje grounded out leaving Mathis on third.
Chatham added on two runs in the eighth, and two more in the ninth on a two-run home run by Aaron Brown, his first of the season, giving the Chatham the 9-2 advantage.
The Red Sox were plagued with errors, sloppy play, and couldn?t capitalize on the opportunities following a 20-plus hit game the night before.
The Sox are back at it Saturday evening hosting the Wareham Gatemen.