Robert Pehl went 1-3 with a two-run home run in Monday?s 8-1 victory over Brewster.
By Corey Burns:
After dropping five straight games, The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox got that winning feeling again when they beat the Brewster Whitecaps 8-1 at Red Wilson Field, improving their record to 20-17.
The Red Sox put together their third straight great pitching performance. After Ben Lively tossed 15 strikeouts on Friday and Andrew Thurman allowing just one run against Cotuit on Sunday, Alex Gonzalez threw six innings with seven strikeouts and one earned run on Monday evening.
Gonzalez got two things the previous starters did not. First, Gonzalez earned the victory to improve his record to 3-2 on the year. Secondly, he got the support of the Y-D bats, which have struggled over the past couple games.
Robert Pehl, who drove in the first two runs of the game said, ?Our pitching staff lately has done everything perfect. If we can put both things together we can be a really good team. Hopefully, we got both things clicking at the same time for the playoffs. We have to give a lot of credit to the pitchers this last week or so, they?ve all been doing a terrific job and they are giving us a chance to win.?
Of the 10 players who got at-bats against Whitecaps pitching, nine got hits, and six different players had at least one run batted in.
Washington?s Pehl, had the first two and loudest two runs of the game. In the second inning, he crushed a two-run homerun into centerfield off Brewster starter, Dylan Davis.
Pehl said, ?I just been working a lot, putting in a lot of extra work. I know I been struggling a bit, but it felt good to relax and just trust myself. A lot of kids broke out today and had good games, it felt like we played baseball like when we were on our winning streak.?
Davis took the loss for the Whitecaps. He allowed four earned runs seven hits and three walks in three innings. Three more Brewster pitchers saw Red Sox batters, unable to slow the bats down.
Sam Moll tossed three innings with one earned run. Nike Spezial pitched 1.2 innings and gave up three. James Leckenby didn?t allow a run, finishing a game that was out of reach for Brewster.
It didn?t make a difference for the Red Sox they just kept pounding away. In the fourth, after a leadoff walk for Pehl, Sean Dwyer hit a double, scoring Pehl from first. Sean McHugh reached on a bunt single, moving Dwyer over to third. Morgan Mickan wasted no time hitting a single to left and driving in Dwyer.
Sam Travis added one more in the sixth on a sacrifice fly scoring, Mickan. In the eighth, the Red Sox had some fun with two outs. Asuaje had an RBI single and Zak Blair hit a bases loaded two-run single giving Y-D eight runs total.
Joey Denato relieved Gonzalez in the seventh, throwing three scoreless innings, and earning the three-inning save for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox look to make it two in a row on Tuesday night when they host the Chatham Anglers, first pitch at 5pm.