BY: TOM SKULSKI, INTERN
Coming off this season’s biggest thriller on Tuesday night in Chatham, the Red Sox headed back home for one of the most important games of the season. On Wednesday night Y-D went head to head against Harwich in a battle for second place.
The winner of the game would obtain sole possession of second place in the East Division and a solid chance at making the playoffs.
Unfortunately for Red Sox fans this game was one-sided from the very start. The Mariners took an early lead in the first inning after picking up two hits and a run off of Red Sox starter, Eric Yost.
Harwich never looked back from that point on and tacked on hit after hit and run after run. A five run third inning, and a four run sixth would put the pin in any of Y-D’s hopes for a comeback.
The Red Sox pitched seven different pitchers in the game, as a means to keep pitch counts low and save as many pitchers as possible for the coming games.
The most exciting pitching appearance of all went to Red Sox outfielder, Briley Knight. Knight took the mound in the seventh inning and gave up just two hits and one earned run. The team and fans really got into his appearance and cheered on every single pitch.
The game would end after the seventh inning due to darkness, which saved the Sox from an even larger deficit.
On the bright side, the Red Sox offense was graced with the return of shortstop, Brooks Lee, who came back from Team USA Baseball. He was efficient with the lumber on Wednesday night collecting two hits on three at-bats.
Dominic Keegan and Tyler Williams also smacked two hits apiece, and that would account for all of Y-D’s production on offense.
Wednesday’s loss brings Y-D’s record down to 11-9-6 where they remain in third place in the East Division. A surge will be needed if they still have their sights set on a playoff spot.
They have the day off on Thursday where they can get some rest and prepare for the final stretch of the season. On Friday, the team heads to Falmouth for a 6:00 start at Arnie Allen Diamond.
The Sox and Commodores have only faced off once this season in a close game that Y-D won 5-4. A small but hopeful sample size for Red Sox fans, as the team zeros in on Friday night’s game.