Red Sox 5, Commodores 0: Walker Buehler (Vanderbilt) silenced the Falmouth bats Thursday at Guv Fuller Field and put an end to the Commodores' postseason unbeaten streak as the Red Sox took Game 1 of the 2014 Cape Cod Baseball League best-of-three championship series, presented by Rockland Trust.
Yarmouth-Dennis will look to close out the series and take home its first championship since 2007 on Friday at 4 p.m. at Red Wilson Field. Falmouth, still seeking to end a 34-year championship drought, will look to even the series and force a decisive Game 3 at home on Saturday.
Buehler tossed an absolute gem Thursday night in Falmouth, continuing Y-D's impressive streak of shutdown pitching over the course of its playoff run. Of the five Sox victories, four have been shutouts. Buehler put his team in position to win by going eight shutout innings and allowing just three hits while striking out eight to pick up the victory.
Matt Hall (Missouri St.) had 12 strikeouts and was a force on the mound for Falmouth, but was unable to record outs when he needed them most. Hall was saddled with the loss after 6 1/3 innings pitched, surrendering three earned runs.
Marcus Mastrobuoni (Cal St. Stanislaus) got things going for the Sox in the fifth inning when he stroked a double to deep left field that scored Josh Lester (Missouri Columbia). Mastrobuoni enjoyed a monster night, driving in another run in the seventh and ripping a solo home run over the left-field fence in the top of the ninth. He finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and three RBIs.
Joey Armstrong (Nevada Las Vegas) and A.J. Simcox (Tennessee) drove in a run apiece for the Sox as Armstrong went 2-for-4 with a double and Simcox finished 1-for-3. Andrew Stevenson (LSU) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
Kevin Newman (Arizona), Jake Madsen (Ohio) and Shaun Chase (Oregon) notched the only hits for Falmouth, with one each on a quiet night for the Commodores' offense.