Things began and ended pretty quickly for Gulls starting pitcher Reid Anderson as he recorded just one out and gave up three earned runs before leaving the game. After walking the first batter of the contest on four straight pitches, Danbury’s Jake Wilson launched a double down the left field line, which bounced into the bullpen, temporarily halting Randy Tavares at third base. Tavares would come around to score on the ensuing at bat after a curveball got away from Anderson and bounced to the backstop. The bleeding did not stop there for Newport as Danbury went on to score four more runs in the first, two of which were charged to Newport reliever Zach Lutner.
Danbury would end the night out-swinging the Gulls by eight hits, beating the hometown team by a final score of 10–1. Wednesday’s win would be the second time in as many nights that the Westerners ousted the Gulls, both by margins greater than five runs.
Newport struggled at the plate all night tallying five hits while scraping across just one run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Despite the team’s offensive woes, left-fielder Cade Cabbiness went 3–4 with three singles.
Right-handed pitcher Michael Webb, the Gulls’ sure-handed second baseman, took the ball from Lutner in the fourth inning and held the Westerners’ high-powered offense to just two runs in 4.1 innings of work.
The Gulls (2–5) will try to end this two-game slide Thursday night when they head to New Bedford to face the Bay Sox (4–1) for the second time this season. In their first meeting, which came just eight days ago on opening night, New Bedford trounced the Gulls by a score of 14–4. The rematch can be seen and heard on the NECBL Broadcast Network with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.
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