BY: TOM SKULSKI, INTERN
As 5:00 rolled around on Saturday, the Red Sox vs Whitecaps game was about to get underway. Adam Maier was given the nod to start in the game for Y-D, and once he completed his final warmup pitch the first batter, Alex Freeland, stepped up to the plate.
The Red Sox have struggled as of late and needed a quality start to get things back on track. Entering Saturday’s game, the Red Sox were 3-5-2 in their last 10 games, and desperate for a win.
Maier delivered the first pitch of the game, and Freeland sent it to right field for a double that would put pressure on Y-D from the start. Maier was able to compose himself from that point on and close out the inning with no damage done.
In fact, he would continue to dominate for the rest of his outing. He struck out the side in the second and fifth innings, retired three straight in the third, and gave Y-D one of the best starts of the season.
When all was said and done, Maier pitched six strong innings giving up just four hits, two runs, and striking out twelve. Those twelve strikeouts make for the most of any Y-D pitcher in a game this season.
Maier was very happy with his performance on Saturday, and hopes to build off of this fantastic start.
“Everything was working. Slider was sharp today, the changeup was coming out nice, and I was able to put the fastball where I wanted to. So everything was working pretty well tonight,” Maier said.
As well as Maier pitched, it was not enough for Y-D to get back in the win column. The Red Sox offense remains dormant for another game as they collected just two runs on six hits.
The two runs both came in the fourth inning for the Red Sox. Dominic Keegan sent a blast over the centerfield fence for a homerun to give Y-D their first run. The ball came off the bat at 109 miles per hour, and had a projected total distance of 461 feet.
Kody Huff would follow the ‘Dom Bomb’ with a double into right field, and he would advance to third on a throwing error. Huff then hustled down the third baseline and scored, courtesy of a Chase Luttrell bunt single back to the pitcher.
The Red Sox were unable to get another run home for the remainder of the game, and ultimately lost to Brewster, 5-2.
They have a chance at revenge on Sunday night as they head to Stony Brook for an away game against the Whitecaps at 5:00 pm. It will be another tough test for the Red Sox, who hope to wake the bats up and continue to pitch strongly as the season is coming to a close.