by Zane Moses
The Falmouth Commodores lost their sixth straight game on Tuesday against their partner at the bottom of the Western division, the Cotuit Kettleers. With this 6-1 loss the Commodores fall deeper into last place in the division with six games left in the season.
The Commodores looked to begin the game with a fire underneath them. In the top of the first inning the designated hitter JJ Matijevic (Arizona) led off the inning with a double. One out later the first baseman Evan Skoug (TCU) hit a single to left field to knock Matijevic in and the Commodores took the 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning the Kettleers were able to tie the ball game up. A pair of singles put runners on first and third with one out in the inning. The Kettleer batter hit a ground ball to third base that should have created an easy double play but the second baseman Caleb Hamilton (Oregon State) overthrew the throw to first and the error tied the game at 1.
The Kettleers took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. A lead off double, a bunt for a hit, and a one out ground ball base hit spelled one run and the lead. Cotuit managed to pile on with a double and a single, bringing in three more runs and setting the score at 5-1.
The bottom of the eighth brought more runs for the Kettleers. Two walks and a two out ground ball single to left gave the Kettleers the 6-1 lead. The Commodores were not able to close the gap in the last inning, losing the game by five runs.
The Commodores could not get anything going on offense following the first inning. They only managed three more baserunners and all of them came in separate innings. After the three hits in the first inning the Commodores only managed that same amount of hits in the next eight innings. The last nine Commodore hitters went down in succession as they could not get anything going against the Kettleers’ last pitcher.
Evan Skoug was a bright spot in today’s game, earning two hits in three at bats and getting the only RBI. He admitted that there was nothing special that the Kettleer relief pitcher was doing to retire the Commodores so effectively.
“He just had a good change up he was throwing and we just couldn’t get the bat on the ball, it is as simple as that,” said Skoug.
Austin Tribby (Mizzou) was as dominant as he has been all season for five innings, working his way in and out of dangerous situations, but he was not able to work out of the sixth as he is credited with all five runs and the loss on the evening.
The Falmouth Commodores are back in action on Wednesday against the Chatham Anglers at home. For more information about the Commodores visit their website at http://www.falmouthcommodores.com.