By: Andrew Constant / @andrew_constant
BREWSTER ? Behind the solid pitching of a trio of right-handers, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox easily defeated the Brewster Whitecaps 7-3 Thursday evening at Stonybrook Elementary School.
Aaron Blair made his third start of the summer and dominated the Whitecaps hitters for seven innings, picking up his third victory of the season. Blair threw 59 of his 95 pitches for strikes, cruising through the Brewster lineup inning after inning. Through the first three frames, Blair threw just 36 pitches, collecting three punch-outs and working around self-inflicted trouble.
In the bottom of the third, Blair allowed a leadoff single to Tyler Smith but Smith was caught stealing second for the first out of the inning. After a walk, Blair induced an inning-ending double play to escape unscathed.
The Y-D offense backed Blair early, getting on the board in the top of inning number three. Sean McHugh singled to begin the frame and advanced to second on Carlos Asuaje?s single. Alex Blandino was unable to put a bunt down and advance both runners into scoring position, but when he swung through strike three, the ball got away from the catcher and the runners moved up anyway. Robert Pehl followed with a strikeout of his own, but Sam Travis picked up both of his teammates, sending a ringing single to center and driving in both runs.
Two innings later, the Red Sox broke the game open, stretching their lead to four behind a flurry of hits that chased Brewster?s starter Austin Voth. Blandino singled with one out and stole second base before Pehl walked. Travis followed with a single of his own, driving in Blandino for his third RBI of the evening. The Whitecaps went to their bullpen for Niko Spezial, but the reliever wasn?t effective at all. Sean Dwyer greeted Spezial with a single on the first pitch of his at-bat, driving in Pehl and Mason Katz lofted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Travis from third.
That was more than enough for Blair, who needed just 39 pitches to get through his final three innings. In the fifth, he worked around a double and a hit by pitch to thwart Brewster?s rally. Blair notched four strikeouts in his final two innings, needing just 24 pitches in the process.
Anthony Montefusco and Bryan Verbitsky each pitched an inning of relief for the Red Sox, who limited Brewster to just seven hits in the ballgame. Montefusco struggled in the eighth, hitting the first batter of the frame and then allowing a massive two-run home run to Aaron Judge, who arrived on Cape Cod earlier Thursday. Verbitsky blew through the ninth inning, earning two strikeouts along the way.
The Red Sox hitters pounded out 12 hits and walked five times, wearing out the base paths all night long.
Y-D is back in action Friday night when they host the Orleans Firebirds at 5 p.m. Following the game, there will be a fireworks display.