By: Nick Solari, Writing Intern, Quinnipiac University
August 6, 2013
Cotuit 5, Falmouth 6.
Double-D Makes it Three:
- After playing in his first 26 games without homering for the Kettleers, third baseman Danny Diekroeger (Stanford) has now hit a long ball in each of the last three games.
- Diekroeger hit a two-run home run to deep center field in the top of the fifth, giving the Kettleers a 5-1 lead at the time. His bomb landed in the carnival equipment in center field at Arnie Allen Diamond.
Working out of the Jam:
- Working with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, Kettleers starting pitcher Ben Smith (Coastal Carolina) loaded the bases by walking three batters.
- Smith was able to get Falmouth cleanup hitter Casey Gillaspie (Wichita St) to ground out to third base, getting out of the inning unscathed.
- Smith lasted only 3.0 innings, exiting the game early due to a recurring blister issue.
1-2-3 Only Comes so Often:
- The Kettleers retired Falmouth in order only two times on Tuesday night in Game 1.
- They had retired Falmouth 1-2-3 once in the weekend series prior to tonight, making it only three times in the past three games.
Out of the Lineup:
- Right fielder Bradley Zimmer (San Francisco) sat out of tonight’s game with a sore knee.
- Zimmer collided with shortstop Drew Jackson (Stanford) on a shallow pop fly during the final regular season game. He is listed as day-to-day.
- The Commodores held a ceremony prior to the game honoring members in different aspects in the Falmouth organization including interns, players, coaches, executives, and volunteers.
- Shortstop Kevin Newman (Arizona) was awarded the batting title for the Cape Cod Baseball League’s 2013 regular season. He led the league with a .375 average, a full .25 points higher than teammate Kevin Cron (Texas Christian).
- Falmouth’s Eric Zmuda was awarded with “General Manager of the Year” by the league, as well.
Fight for your Life:
- Tonight marked the second time in three games Cotuit has blown a 5-1 lead to Falmouth.
- With the Game 1 loss the Kettleers now need to win the next two in a row to advance to the next round. Another loss in the best-of-three series would result in elimination from the post season.