By Ben Gainsboro, Stetson University
Photos by Josh Muir, Endicott College
July 16th, 2019
What Happened: Cotuit (15-13-3) lost a pitcher’s duel to Orleans (15-11-3) by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday night.
By the Numbers:
2 hours and eighteen minutes is how long this game took. Cotuit has had a knack for playing longer baseball games so far this season, already clocking in a few games over three and a half hours. This contest was the shortest one since July 11th, when the Kettleers beat the Harwich Mariners 2-0.
7:11 start time. Since this was a Cape Cod League Game of the Week, it was televised on Fox College sports. This game, added with the delay from yesterday, have added up to 66 minutes of unplanned delay time in the Kettleers last two ballgames.
2233 listed attendance of tonight’s game. It is the single highest attendance of any Cotuit Kettleers game to this point.
0 runs scored for the Kettleer offense. The most prolific offense in the league in terms of home runs and run differential (+37), the Kettleers haven’t been kept out of the run column since June 30th at Wareham, a 1-0 loss.
Cotuit’s Offense Slowed by Firebirds
1 leadoff double for Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) in this ballgame. It is his sixth hit in the past four ballgames (.428 average in that span). It is also his ninth double on the season, good for best on the club and tied for best in the Cape League with Tyler Gentry (Brewster).
2 hits for Matthew Mervis (Duke) in four at-bats. The Blue Devil is now hitting .306 with four doubles on the year. He is also 7 for his last 17 (.411) at the plate. The all star will be returning to Eldredge Park on Sunday to partake in the all-star game festivities.
1 pinch-hit double for Cam Hill (Kentucky). The outfielder filled in for Joey Loperfido (Duke), who left the game after his first at-bat with an apparent injury. It is Hill’s second extra base hit of the season, and first since a June 29th double vs. Wareham.
Cotuit Pitching Stellar for the Second Straight Night
0 earned runs for Sean Sullivan (Cal) in six innings pitched. One of the youngest players on the team (true freshman last year), Sullivan has been beyond incredible in his last two starts, combining for ten innings of one-run baseball, while also fanning thirteen batters in the two games combined. Most impressively? He has only issued one walk in that span as well. After seeing his ERA jump to 4.50 on the fourth of July, it has since dropped almost 170 points, all the way down to 2.86.
0 walks issued by Sullivan in this ballgame.
0 extra-base hits allowed by the duo of Sean Sullivan and Evan Justice (NC State), who relieved Sullivan in the eighth.
2 strikeouts in two innings pitched for Justice, who also allowed just one hit in that span. After starting off the year on a rough note for the Kettleers, Justice has rebounded nicely in his last two appearances. The southpaw has gone a combined five innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs in that span.
7 runners left on-base for the Orleans Firebirds on the night. Kettleers pitching ran into some trouble, but both Sullivan and Justice were able to work through it and limit the damage.
8 combined strikeouts for Cotuit pitching on the day.
Cotuit returns home to Lowell Park after this brief, two-day road trip to face off with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (6-23-1) on Wednesday night. First pitch in that one is set for 5:00 P.M.