Chris Anderson allowed three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings in Y-D?s 4-2 loss to Hyannis Monday night.
By: Andrew Constant / @andrew_constant
Brandon Trinkwon stroked a bases-clearing double with two outs in the fifth to give Hyannis a 3-2 lead and Eric Eck held Yarmouth-Dennis hitless over the middle three innings as the Harbor Hawks won 4-2 Monday night at McKeon Park.
The Red Sox loss, coupled with Harwich?s 2-1 victory over Brewster, means Y-D will finish second in the Eastern Division and take on the Orleans Firebirds in the first round best-of-three playoff series starting Thursday at Red Wilson Field.
Y-D jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning, plating two runs without the help of a base hit. Sean McHugh led off with a ringing single to center and moved to second when Robby Campbell walked. Morgan Mickan laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, moving both runners up one base, and Carlos Asuaje was hit by a pitch to load the bases with just one out. With Sam Travis at the plate, Hyannis starter Matt Maurer fired a pitch to the backstop, allowing McHugh to come across with Y-D?s first run of the night. Travis walked later in his at-bat, re-loading the bases, bringing up Robert Pehl.
The Red Sox designated hitter just missed a grand slam, flying out to deep left field, but it was deep enough to bring Campbell in from third, pushing the lead to 2-0. But that would be it for the Y-D offense, as they failed to get anything going against two Hyannis relievers.
Meanwhile, Chris Anderson, pitching for the final time this summer, got off to a great start for the Red Sox, setting down the first six Harbor Hawks in order, with three strikeouts sprinkled in. In the third, Anderson got himself into a little bit of trouble, but his defense bailed him out. Blake Sheherd led off the frame with a broken-bat single down the right field line, then stole second base. Shepherd advanced to third on a comebacker to the mound and tried to score when Adam Moore grounded to third base. Alex Blandino, moved from shortstop to third base when his Stanford teammate Danny Diekroger joined Y-D last week, scooped up the hard-hit grounder and threw a strike to the plate, where McHugh applied the tag, keeping Hyannis off the scoreboard.
Anderson gave up a single in the fourth, but it was quickly erased by a nifty double play turned behind him by Blandino, Asuaje and Travis. But in the fifth, Anderson ran into more trouble than he could work himself out of, ultimately leading to his exit.
He walked the leadoff hitter and allowed a double to Taylor Zeutenhorst, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Anderson then hit Shepherd in the elbow, loading the bases.
But Blandino helped out the right-hander for the second time in three innings, as Jeff Schalk tapped a grounder to third and Blandino fired home, easily cutting down the lead runner. Anderson struck out Adam Moore and looked like he was going to get out of the inning unscathed, but fell behind Trinkwon before giving up a rocket of a double to center, clearing the bases and giving Hyannis the lead at 3-2. Y-D manager Scott Pickler went to the mound to take Anderson out, bringing in Drew Bowen to replace him.
Bowen, recently added to the Red Sox roster, got a first-pitch groundout to end the fifth and worked the remainder of the ballgame, allowing just one run on two hits in 2.1 innings.
The two teams will finish the regular season Tuesday afternoon at Red Wilson Field, with Hyannis playing their final game of the summer. The Red Sox, set to play Orleans in the first round of the playoffs, are scheduled to send Spencer Linney to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.?