HARWICH – After a big one-run win last night at Guv Fuller Field, the Commodores went on the road to begin a home/home against the Harwich Mariners.
They left Whitehouse Field victorious in a second straight nail-biting one run win, this time a low scoring 2-1 affair with all runs being scored in unusual fashion. Falmouth saw another dominant start from James McArthur (Ole Miss) in the game.
McArthur was looking to capitalize off a solid outing on Friday in Hyannis where he threw six scoreless en route to a 6-3, extra inning, Commodores win.
Harwich entered tonight’s game with the worst record on the Cape at 10-21-1.
McArthur capitalized, throwing another gem on the mound. He faced just two above the minimum on 84 pitches and held Harwich scoreless through five innings. His start led the Commodores to back-to-back wins for the first time since July 1st and July 2nd. The Ole Miss product also picked up his first win of the summer.
Falmouth would open the scoring in the top of the 4th after George Janca (Texas A&M) lead off the inning with a double into the gap in left-center. Josh Breaux (McLennan CC) would follow-up with a base hit into left that would be overplayed by the left-fielder allowing Janca to score from second.
The second run came in the 7th inning and was a wild score.
After Hunter Steinmetz (Missouri St.) was struck by a pitch with two outs after Cole Aker (UNC) had struck out both Adley Rutschman (Oregon St) and Josh Watson (TCU) to lead off the inning. Steinmetz would then do what he does best, and swipe second and then third as well. As he slid into third, the ball got away from Novak who was covering. Steinmetz didn’t even hesitate as he scampered the remaining 90 feet to manufacture a run all on his own.
The Commodores turned to Derrick Adams (Jacksonville St) to shut down the Harwich line-up until the later stage of the ball game. He allowed a run to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 7th, but would lock it down the remainder of his outing.
Brian Gadsby (UCLA) needed just four pitches to get two outs and end the 8th.
He gave way to Ryan Zeferjahn (Kansas) in the 9th. The Mariners fought to avoid losing their sixth straight, working four full counts and getting men to 2nd and 3rd with a couple away. Zeferjahn responded by pumping in gas and striking out the final two batters in the inning to seal the 2-1 victory, gaining his 4th save of the season and the Commodores 16th win.
Falmouth finishes up their four-game stretch against the East tomorrow night at Guv Fuller Field facing the same Harwich Mariners. 6:00 PM EST first pitch.
- With Josh Breaux’s single in the 4th, he extended his on-base streak to 17 games, second longest such streak on the team this season.
- This is the third straight quality start for the Commodores pitching staff in the past four games.
- Clayton, who went 0-5, didn’t reach base for just the 2nd time through 33 games.
- James McArthur eared the win in this game, his first, improving his record to 1-2. He also had a season high five strikeouts.