for immediate release: 14 July, 2002
Cape Cod Baseball League
Official Press Release
Week # 4 - Games 7/7-7/13
Sportsticker Selects Players of the Week: Cotuit's Brian Snyder and Bourne's Ben Rowe have been named the Coca-Cola Batter and Pitcher of the week, respectively, for games played July 6 - July 13. It was the second straight week that a Bourne pitcher has earned the nod.
Brian Snyder (Wellington, FL/Stetson) hit .455 for the Kettleers. In 6 games, the third basemen was 10-for-25 with 1 double, 1 home run and 5 RBI. He also recorded one SB.
On the mound, 6-4 righty Ben Rowe (Greenwood, Western Australia) was the main relief man for the Braves. In three games, he saw 7 innings of work, allowing no runs, no hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. He earned the W on July 8th vs. Y-D while helping to preserve the ties on July 11 and 13th.
Homerun hitter was Y-D's Wes Whisler (Noblesville, IN/UCLA) who cranked out 2 for the Red Sox.
Y-D's Scott Picker ready to join 100 club: Y-D Field Manager needs just one more win to join the 100 victory club. "Pick" coaches Cyprus Junior College during the "offseason."
You only have to win by one: Bourne won 1-0 on July 8 for its seventh 1-0 win of the season. Last season, Bourne played in five 1-0 games, winning 3 of them.
And while on the subject: There have been eleven 1-0 games this season. In 2002 there were twelve 1-0 games.
Ghutzman approaching CCBL game #100: With all this talk about coaching milestones, it was brought to our attention that Cotuit's Stephen Ghutzman (Spring, TX/Wake Forest) is quickly approaching his 100th game in a Cape uniform. Now in his third summer, he has played in 95 games through Saturday night. Ghutzman spent his first year with Cotuit, then the 2001 season with Falmouth and is back in Cotuit for 2002. In '01, the Commodores were 15-8-2 when he was behind the plate. This year in Cotuit, the Kettleers are 10-1-1 when he's making the calls.
Not to be overshadowed, his brother Phillip, a Rice University graduate who is now with the Cincinnati Reds, played in 75 games during his two seasons on the Cape (Wareham '99, Falmouth '00). He was Falmouth's MVP in '00.
Keyspan Homeruns for Housing Update: For games played through July 13, the Cape Boys of Summer have cranked out 104 home runs, which means $10,400 for the Housing Assistance Corporation.
According to the stats: The Brewster Whitecaps had the best week, winning 8-of-10.
Midseason Report: At the halfway point of the 2002 season the Cape League is hitting .219, four points lower than last season's first half average. Despite the drop in batting average, the slugging percentage has gone up 11 points from .293 in 2001 to .304 in 2002. The main reason is a 35 percent increase in home runs, from 71 in 2001 to 96 in 2002. Doubles are up 30 percent from last season, 206 to 269. Does this increase in power mean the pitchers are taking more of a beating? The earned run average in 2002 is 2.75, slightly higher than the 2.72 of last season. Shutouts are up to 29 from 26, while saves dropped from 64 to 60. ~Bruce Hack, Historian
Streaks: Matt Brown's (Danville, CA/Cal-Berkeley)28 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings pitched is a Bourne Braves team record (26 by Winston Wheeler, 1989) and the fifth longest streak in modern era history. Orleans' Brian Rogers (Marietta, GA/ Georgia Southern) streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings pitched is a Cardinals team record. ~B. Hack
Special Corporate Team Nights on Tap: July 15-Ocean Spray at Harwich; July 17-MBNA at Chatham, Cape Cod Potato Chips at Wareham; July 18-Hood at Falmouth; July 19 Eye Health Services and Hood at Orleans, US Army at Wareham, Keyspan Energy Delivery at YD.
Late-Comer Proves Himself Valuable: Harwich Mariner's shortstop, Jonny Tucker, arrived late in the season on June 27th after traveling from El Sobrante, CA. Tucker wears number 1 at the University of Florida. After going 4 for 5, with 4 singles, Tucker plated the game-winner in the bottom of the 12 inning against the Falmouth Commodores on Monday night. Tucker took a swing at Falmouth's Matt Elfeldt's first pitch to bring right fielder, Ryan Goleski, home. When asked about the game-ending at bat, Tucker remarked, "I knew he was a hard-throwing pitcher, so I looked for his fast ball and hit a soft-liner up the middle. It wasn't my best hit all night, but I am glad I could come through in the clutch for my teammates." Tucker had a repeat performance two days later. On Wednesday night's game versus Y-D, Tucker had a bunt to drive teammate Dante Brinkley home in the bottom of the 12th inning. Tucker's bunt capped off the win, 3-2. Tucker's batting average now stands at .294 with 10 hits. ~Sarah Hinkely, PR Intern
A note from the league historian: Note: All the records "broken" this season and others, are for the modern era (since 1963).