Lyndsey Armacost // Y-D Red Sox
The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox(3-7) couldn?t hold on to their lead on Friday night and lost their third straight game to the Brewster Whitecaps(4-6) at Stony Brook Field.
The Red Sox started strong, putting a run on the board in the second, third, and fourth innings. After that, the offense slowed, allowing the Whitecaps to come back and take the 4-3 victory.
This close game was sent to extra innings with a game-tying sacrifice fly and was decided in the tenth inning when Sox pitcher Evan Bell(Indiana) walked Tyler Ramirez(UNC) with the bases loaded.
Shane Bieber(Calif. Santa Barbara) had his first start of the season and held the Whitecaps to one earned run. After Bieber pitched five innings with five strikeouts and only three hits, the Red Sox used five bullpen pitchers to finish the game.
The Red Sox slowly unraveled over the course of this game, eventually losing in ten innings. A large part of this was due to the relief pitching. In the combined 4.2 innings of relief, the pitchers walked seven batters, one of which brought in the winning run.
The Whitecaps? relief was a different story. Brewster also used five relief pitchers, totaling six innings of work. They combined to??only allow one hit. In four of the last six innings, the Red Sox only got three men up at the plate.
Statistically, the Sox played well offensively. Seven of the nine Y-D starters had at least one hit with Donnie Walton(Oklahoma State) and Cole Billingsley(South Alabama) having multi-hit games. The Red Sox had 10 hits compared to Brewster?s five but it wasn?t enough to earn the win.
Donnie Walton went 3-for-5 on the day and, in the last four games combined, has had a batting average of .611. After a slow Cape League start, he has jumpstarted the Red Sox?s offense. On the season he is now batting .361.
Y-D had nothing to combat the late game rally by Brewster. The Red Sox had zero hits and two errors in the last two innings. In those two innings, 13 Whitecaps stepped up to the plate and, despite only producing two hits, were able to score the two runs they needed to earn the victory.
The Red Sox lost momentum and focus, allowing Brewster to battle back and walk away with the win. Yarmouth-Dennis looks to end their three-game losing streak tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Red Wilson Field against the Wareham Gatesmen(4-6).