18 July 2007

Bounce-back Mariners win fourth straight

Photo by Rich Eldred

By Matt Rice
GateHouse News Service
Wed Jul 18, 2007, 06:36 AM EDT 

Harwich - After passing the midway point in the season and finally ending their nine-game losing streak, the Mariners have started the second half on fire, winning five-of-their-last-six, and four straight.
Starting pitching proved to be the catalyst for the Mariners run, as they were treated to a number of solid starts last week. 

     Starter Brett Jacobson kept the light hitting Cardinals from scoring through seven innings of work on Monday night as the Mariners raised their season-high win streak to four games. He allowed only four hits while walking only a lone batter in the third inning and striking out seven to register his second win of the season.

     The Mariners scored single runs in the first and the sixth innings before putting game out of reach with a two runs in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a double by Alex Avila.

     Closer Evan Crawford ran into some control problem in the bottom of the inning, but after loading the bases, struck out the final batter to end the game and pick up his third save of the summer.

     With the 4-1 win over Orleans, Harwich is still in last place in the East with 23 points, but with their recent winning streak, they now find themselves only seven points away from the final playoff spot. 

     On Sunday the Mariners battled back and forth with the Hyannis Mets before finally escaping with a 7-5 win. Starter Kris Dabrowiecki pitched five solid innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits to pick up his first win of the season.

     Kyle Day provided the offensive punch the Mariners were looking for as he collected four hits, including an RBI double, in the win.

     Harwich took on the lowly Wareham Gatemen on Saturday as starter Ryan Kulik picked up his first win of the summer, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out three.
Second baseman Johnny Giavotella had three hits and drove in three runs as Harwich cruised to an 8-1 win.

     The Mariners started their win-streak with a dramatic walk-off win over Cotuit last Friday as they won 5-4 at home. With the back-and-forth game tied at four in the final frame, Kyle Day started the inning with a double down the left field line. After a pair of quick outs on strikeouts, Terrence Dayleg proved to be the difference maker as he doubled to deep center field to drive in the winning run.

     After an off day on Tuesday, the Mariners will look to continue their winning ways as they play host to Chatham tonight under the lights at Whitehouse Field. The As are currently in second place in the East with 30 points. Josh Zeid will look to pick up his first win of the season as hell get the start for Harwich.

     Following their game against Chatham, the Mariners will travel to Yarmouth to take on the East leading Red Sox as Dan Hudson will get the start.

     On Friday, Harwich will again take on the Cardinals as Corey Young will look to improve upon his 2.17 ERA.