WAREHAM ---- Wareham field manager Cooper Farris feared in May that his starting pitching would be shaky this summer. And with a 3.87 ERA, the league’s highest thus far, those fears have been confirmed.
“I just think we’ve been leaving too many balls in the middle of the plate,” he said. “We’re just not pitching right.”
Wareham (3-6) leads only Cotuit (2-6-1) in the Western Division. Farris was extremely disappointed in his team’s performance in a 10-1 loss to the Bourne Braves on Wednesday night.
“I don’t know if we’ve had 10 runs scored on us (in a game) in the 10 years I’ve been here,” he said. “The main thing is we’ve got to do a better job pitching.”
Josh Urban (Texas) made his first start, picking up the loss. Urban allowed five runs in six hits and walked two in 3.1 innings, lifting his ERA to 13.50. Devin Burke (Duke) and Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) then allowed a combined five runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Kenneth Ferrer (Elon) allowed only one hit over the final three innings.
“(Ferrer) pretty much shut (Bourne) down, but I don’t know if it’s because they were just tired of swinging,” Farris said.
The Gatemen have also been struggling in the field, committing three errors, bringing their total to 12 on the season.
“Fielding started out good, but it hasn’t been that good in the past few games,” Farris said. “We have to do a better job staying focused.”
Infielders Tyler Bream (Liberty) and Max Muncy (Baylor) lead the team in errors with three apiece.
“(The record) definitely reflects the team’s performance, especially on the mound,” Farris said. “You need to improve every day you come out here. That’s the big thing. That’s what we’re working on and we’ll see what happens.”
The Gatemen are looking to Eric Pfisterer (Duke) to turn things around. The 2009 Cape League All-Star delivered a solid shutout performance in his first outing against Bourne on June 16, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out nine over seven innings in a 1-0 win.
“Last year we never really had that guy that we could throw up there to stop a losing streak or get the third game in a three-game winning streak,” Farris said. “You like to have a guy that you can throw out there and know you will get the win.”