My son and I were in Bourne today for the 2 pm game between the Western Division-leading Braves and number two Eastern Division Chatham A's. Chatham improved to 17-12, continuing to nip at the heels of the Y-D Red Sox. Bourne did not lose ground today as the fast-advancing Falmouth Commodores also lost. Photo: Braves OF and reserve all-star Josh Satin (Cal) prepares for the pitch. Satin doubled in the 7th.
All of the scoring today was in Chatham's 6th inning, when the A's put 4 on the board thanks to two errors at first base. Bourne second baseman Bill Perry made a major league diving stop that could have resulted in an inning-ending double play, but he couldn't quite execute the flip from his belly. It was downhill from there as timely hitting, errors and a wild pitch allowed four to score.
Bourne starting pitcher Mitch Harris (Navy) and Chatham starter Zach Putnam (Michigan) limited the hits and scoring for both sides. Both bullpens were strong.
A few notes on this game:
- Doran Park -- First of all, the baseball field at Upper Cape Tech, is fantastic. The playing surface is beautiful and the fan area -- though not yet perfect -- is nice. We attended games at the old field on the other side of the Bourne rotary several years ago, and this is quite an improvement. I spoke briefly today with Bourne President Tom Fink and he indicated more improvements are coming, including a berm and more terraced seating. The team hopes an all-star game might be played there in the near future. I hope so.
- Gregg Glime of Chatham had a heck of a throw down to second to throw out Josh Satin.
- Sean O'Brien of the A's threw a rocket from left-field to hold runners at second and third on a sack fly in the 7th.
- All-star Jermaine Curtis is one of the only players I've ever seen run so fast to first on a base-on-balls. He really hustles.
- All-star and batting leader Kevin Hoef (Iowa) was not in the line-up today, but I did get a chance to interview him about the playoffs and the all-star game for a future CodBall Conversation.
- I was impressed with Chatham's closer, Rob Wooten (North Carolina). He struck out 5 in the 8th and 9th with what I assume were knee-buckling curve balls?