27 June 2007

Mariners struggles continue

By Matt Rice
GateHouse News Service
Wed Jun 27, 2007, 05:53 AM EDT 

Harwich - The early season struggles continue for the Mariners as they dropped their fourth straight game on Monday, this time a 7-2 loss to East division leading Yarmouth-Dennis.

    In the past four games, all losses, the Mariners have been outscored 26-5.

    Kris Dabrowiecki, a hard-throwing right-hander, got his first start to the season and pitched well in the first four innings, giving up only one earned run. But control issues caught up to the Toronto, Ontario native as he yielded four runs in the inning, including one on a bases loaded walk.

    He was eventually pulled with two outs in the sixth inning, finishing the night allowing two earned runs, and walking six while striking out two.

    Mark Willinsky took over in the fifth and gave up two more earned runs in just over two innings pitched.

    Closer Matt Frevert made his third appearance of the season, allowing just his first hit all season, while striking out two.

    Offensively, Alex Avila got Harwich started early, crushing a ball over the centerfielders head in the first inning to give the Mariners a brief 1-0 lead.

    Up 4-2 at the end of five innings, Y-D showed why they’re the top team in the East as they added another two insurance runs in the eighth inning to put the game away.

    The Red Sox are currently first in the East with an 8-2 record.

    Avila finished the night with two hits and two runs scored while leadoff hitter Kyle Day also had two hits top raise his average to .316.

    On Sunday, the Mariners couldn’t control the potent offense of Bourne as they scored two runs in the first inning on route to a 10-1 win over Harwich.

    Starter Scott Barnes, of Chicopee, MA, couldn’t reach the fifth on Sunday as he allowed four earned runs while walking four in four innings, to pick up the loss.

    Following an off day on Wednesday, the Mariners will host the Cotuit Kettlers Thursday, the Orleans Cardinals on Friday before hitting the road to play Brewster on Saturday.