Wayne Taylor smacked a two-run home run in Yarmouth-Dennis? 8-5 victory over Wareham Thursday night.
By Corey Burns
The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox made it three straight wins on Thursday evening, topping the Wareham Gatemen 8-5. With the Red Sox victory and the Brewster Whitecaps loss, Y-D has clinched a playoff spot.
Joey Denato earned the victory for the Red Sox, improving his record to 2-1. After some shaky pitching by Drew Bowen and Chris Anderson, Denato saved the day pitching 3.1 innings, shutting down the Gatemen.
Wareham saw four pitchers to the rubber all allowing earned runs. Starter, Barrett Astin, allowed four over 3.2 innings. Reliever, Kendall Graveman, took the loss, despite allowing just one run, one walk, and one hit.
The Gatemen jumped out to an early 3-0 in the second inning Daniel Palka reached second on an error in right field. He score soon there after when a failed pick-off attempt went in to center field. Palka headed to third and on another error during the throw to third, he crossed the plate for the 1-0 advantage. The next batter, Mott Hyde, drew a walk, followed by a two run homerun by Tyler Ross.
The Red Sox got on the board in the fourth scoring one run on a single just Justin Shafer. In that same inning, Y-D got the bases loaded with two out and couldn?t add any more runs.
Yarmouth-Dennis recovered the next inning scoring four runs. With two outs, back-to-back-to-back doubles by Sam Travis, Robert Pehl, and Zak Blair tied the game at three. After a walk to Alex Blandino, Shafer hit another double for the Red Sox, giving them a 5-3 lead after five.
Wareham did not waste anytime climbing back to tie the game. In the top of the sixth, Kyle Schwarber and Tyler Horan hit back-to-back solo homeruns to tie the game 5-5. For Horan, that was his league leading 12th homerun of the year.
In the home half of the sixth, Y-D took the lead back. Wayne Taylor led off being hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a ground ball by Morgan Mickan, then driven in on a single by Carlos Asuaje.
The Red Sox tacked on two insurance runs in the eight when Wayne Taylor hit his second homerun of the year.
Y-D is looking to make it four in a row Friday evening in Bourne.