In games with playoff implications in the East, Orleans and Brewster played to a 0-0 ten inning tie on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Y-D defeated Chatham, 3-0. In Brewster, four Cardinals' and three Whitecaps' pitchers combined on the shutout. Brad Stillings (Kent State) started and went the first five innings. He was followed to the mound by by Justin Earls (Georgia), Matt Thomson (San Diego)and Adam Wilk (Long Beach State). Stillings gave up six hits and one walk. The Cardinals bullpen allowed only one hit and a walk over the last five innings.
Rob Gilliam (UNC-Greensboro) started and went six innings for Brewster, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out five. Buddy Baumann (Missouri State) pitched three innings of one-hit ball and Rory McKean (Mississippi) pitched the tenth inning.
Brewster had seven hits in the game while Orleans was limited to four hits.
In the Red Sox win over the A's, Tyler Waldron (University of the Pacific) pitched seven innings. Shawn Tolleson (Baylor) and Dean Weaver (Georgia) combined to limit Chatham to one hit in the last two innings. D'Angelo Mack (South Carolina) scored a run and knocked in a run for Y-D. Chatham has now been shutout two nights in a row. The A's had not been shutout this year until Harwich beat them 7-0 last night. Kyle Blair (San Diego) started for Chatham and gave up all three runs in four innings of work. With the win, Y-D (29 pts.) has pulled to within one point of Chatham and Brewster.
Harwich can put a stranglehold on a playoff spot with wins against Hyannis tonight and at Falmouth tomorrow. The Mariners lead Chatham and Brewster by 8 points going into tonight's game at Whitehouse Field. Let's not forget that, despite Orleans torrid pace in the month of July, Harwich began the day only five points behind the Cardinals. Tomorrow's game against the Commodores is the game-in-hand that Harwich holds over Chatham, Brewster and Y-D.