CHATHAM – A day after clinching the regular season Western Division crown, the Commodores’s pitching struggled mightily against the Chatham Anglers in a 9-2 loss.
Falmouth (28-14) struck early off JJ Matijevic’s leadoff home run but the rest of the game tumbled downhill quickly as the Anglers (16-25-1) solved Brady Puckett (Lipscomb).
Coming into tonight’s matchup, Falmouth had not lost a Brady Puckett start all summer but he struggled with command early in the second inning and gave up three runs (two earned) in the inning. The righty now has given up only nine runs all year – six of those have come against Chatham.
His ERA rose to 1.50 as the tall righty prepares for his start in the first round of the playoffs this weekend.
Chatham never looked back from that point, knocking a two-run bomb the following inning off reliever Thomas Ponticelli (San Francisco) followed by two-run frames off Bryce Montes De Oca (Missouri) and John Sparks (Austin Peay) in the fifth and sixth.
The aftermath resulted in a 9-2 loss and the end of Falmouth’s six-game winning streak.
Caleb Gilbert (LSU) mastered the Falmouth offense for seven innings of two-run work in only his third start of the year en route to earning the win.
The Commodores added runs in the third via a Angler error and in the ninth after several walks and Ryan Chandlers sacrifice fly.
Falmouth returns home tomorrow night for their regular season home finale at Guv Fuller Field. They’ll face the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at 6pm.
POSTGAME WITH JJ MATIJEVIC