4 July 2007

Mariners drop league-worst ninth straight

Photo by Merrily Lunsford
Mariner Terrence Dayleg dives for a ball...Merrily 

By Matt Rice
GateHouse News Service
Wed Jul 04, 2007, 06:06 AM EDT 

Harwich - 

When it rains, it pours.

    For the second week in a row, things for the Harwich Mariners have gone from bad to worse. The Mariners are currently in a league-worst nine-game losing streak and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. The Mariners currently have the worst record in the league (3-11) and find themselves in last place in the East division.

    Facing the other cellar-dwellers in the league, the Wareham Gateman on Sunday night, the Mariners could only muster two hits for the entire game as Wareham starter Andy Oliver allowed hits to Johnny Giovatella and Jared Bolden through his eight innings pitched.

    The Mariners appeared set to full out of their slide on Saturday as starter Corey Young pitched five innings strong innings before watching his bullpen give up nine runs in the final four innings as Harwich lost to Brewster 9-3.

    Corey struck out seven while only walking one in just over five innings pitched.

    Chris Dominguez got the Harwich offense started in the fourth inning with a blast to right field driving in two runs with his first homerun of the season.

    But that lead would be short lived as once again the Harwich offense stalled in the late innings.
“I think we need a day or two to just get things together and get on a roll,” said outfielder Steve Strausbaugh, who’s been one of the few bright spots on the season for Harwich.

    On Friday, the Mariners pulled within a run in the bottom of the ninth before falling to the Orleans Cardinals 7-5.

    The day before, Harwich couldn’t get past Cotuit as they lost their sixth game 10-8.
Harwich is seventh in the league in batting with a team average of .240 and sixth in pitching with an ERA of 4.16.

    Harwich will look to starter Josh Zeid to pull them out of their current slide when they play at Falmouth tonight.

    Dan Hudson will take the mound on Thursday as the Mariners host Bourne.
Harwich’s last win came in the form of a 3-1 win over Cotuit on June 20.