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Hyannis Mets Game Stories
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Playoff Hope Dwindles for Mets
HYANNIS - The Bourne Braves ended the Mets' four game winning streak Tuesday night at McKeon Park 3-2, and in doing so delivered a heavy blow Hyannis' playoff hopes. With the win, Bourne moved to 22-13-2 on the season and officially clinched a playoff spot with 48 points.
Josh Workman (Wichita State) started the scoring for the Braves, with a solo home run to right field in the first inning off of Mets starter Bryce Stowell (UC Irvine). The Mets would answer with a run in each of the first two innings, with rallies that could have easily amounted to much more.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Joe Kent (Oklahoma State) walked three consecutive batters and Dan Brewer (Bradley) followed with a sacrifice fly to tie it at one. Kiko Vazquez (Central Florida) would register a basehit to reload the bases, but the Mets would leave them loaded.
The bases found themselves all occupied by Mets again in the second inning, and again Hyannis could push across only one run. Shane Peterson (Long Beach State) had an infield single to extend his hitting streak to eight games and give Hyannis a 2-1 lead as Phil Bell (UAB) came in to score.
After facing fourteen batters in two innings, the night was done for Kent who allowed the two earned run on four hits, while walking four and striking out a pair. The Bourne bullpen though was the story of this game, as Jesse Haney (UNC Wilmington) worked two innings and earned the win, followed by a trio of relievers, who all pitched shutout ball.
In the top of the fifth inning, Ben Guez (William & Mary) and Bill Perry (Hartford) reached to lead it off, were sacrificed over and both came around to score on a very strange play. Kevin Hoef (Iowa) hit a ball into the ground back to the mound, Stowell came off to field it and when he made his throw, the ball and Hoef arrived at first base at the same time, as Hoef knocked the glove off the hand of the first baseman Vazquez. It gave Stowell an error, and the Braves the two runs they would need to take the lead and hold onto it for good.
Stowell went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, just one earned. He walked three and struck out eight as well. Jordan Flasher picked up his ninth save of the year with a one-two-three ninth.
The Mets have two straight off days before traveling to Falmouth on Friday in what amounts to a do or die matchup with the Commodores.
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