HYANNIS – The Wareham Gatemen lost last night’s game 9-5 to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks but manager Don Sneddon is not so sure that result will hold.
In the top of the seventh inning, Wareham was trailing 6-5 with one out in the inning when Sneddon filed to play the rest of the game under protest following what he believed to be a misunderstanding of the rules by home plate umpire Tony Letizio.
“He [Letizio] thought he was right and there isn’t anything I can do about that. I even asked him if he wanted to see the rulebook to keep him from being embarrassed and he didn’t want to see that,” Sneddon said. “He thinks he’s right and he could be. There might be something I am missing, but it’s pretty black and white.”
In the bottom of the fifth inning, DH Pavin Parks entered the game to pitch with two outs in the inning. Parks faced three batters and recorded the final out of the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Parks was relieved on the mound by RHP Derek West.
In the top of the seventh, Sneddon went to reinsert Parks into the DH spot but was not allowed to by Letizio. West ended up batting in that spot and grounded out to the shortstop in that at bat.
In the MLB, once a DH enters the field (as a pitcher or a fielder), the DH spot is lost in the lineup and the pitcher must hit. In addition, once a player exits the game, no reinsertion is ever allowed. However, the Cape Cod Baseball Leagues follows NCAA rules seeing as all of the athletes are collegiate players.
According to the NCAA rulebook, Sneddon may have a valid complaint. NCAA Rule 7, Section 2, D 6 reads as follows:
6) If the DH becomes the pitcher:
a) The DH may be inserted as the pitcher, then subsequently be relieved as the pitcher and still remain as the DH
b) There is no loss of DH
“When you bring the DH in to pitch, which we did, he can come back out of the game and DH. They were saying I can’t do that. I’m pretty sure I’m right on that. I take pride in knowing the rules, so we will see what happens,” Sneddon said.
Per the rules, it appears as though Parks should have been allowed to re-enter the game.
However, this is where protests get tricky. If a protest is won, the game gets replayed from the point at which the protest occurred. Even though it looks like Sneddon’s protest is legitimate, it does not mean that the game automatically will be replayed from the point of the protest.
According to NCAA Rule 5, Section 13 D:
d) No replay of any part of a game will be allowed, even if the protest is proven to be legitimate, if the play in question did not directly affect the outcome of the game.
In essence, it will then be up to the league office to determine if Pavin Parks not batting down 6-5 in the top of the seventh with one out had a direct impact on the Gatemen losing the game.
No official word has come in yet from the league office.
As for the rest of the game, the Gatemen pitching staff got roughed up in this one.
Cade Cavalli was the starter for Wareham, and his Achilles’ heel got to him. Cavalli entered the game having walked nine men in eight innings of work. Tonight, he walked five batters in just three innings pitched while taking his first loss of the season.
Cavalli worked around the walks and limited the damage though. When he left the game, the score was just 2-1 Hyannis. Tyler Keysor was the first man out of the bullpen and he followed it up with his worst performance of the year.
Keysor gave up four runs in 1.2 innings allowing five hits. Last night’s appearance marked the fourth straight game in which Keysor has allowed a run. To start the year, Keysor had been excellent as he made three straight scoreless appearances to begin his Gatemen tenure.
Tyler Keysor (37) had his ERA jump to 9.00 following his outing yesterday (via Caroline O'Connor).
Parks was the next pitcher in for Wareham. He hit the first man he faced and walked the next batter before getting the last out of the fifth inning.
Derek West was the final reliever out of the bullpen who entered to relieve Parks. West made his Wareham debut and threw the final three innings of the game for the Gatemen allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out four.
As for the offense, Oliver Dunn got the start at second base and made the most of his day. He went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Luke Roskam also had a nice day going 2-4 with a run scored. However, these two were the only Gatemen with multiple hits and the offense did not get much going aside from two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
“Just a terrible effort on our part all around. We had no defense, we didn’t hit, and our pitching was not very good. That explains what happens tonight. Probably our poorest effort of the year overall,” Sneddon said.
Final: Harbor Hawks 9, Gatemen 5 (for now)
Next up: The Gatemen (14-10) return home tonight to play the Brewster Whitecaps (4-17-3). First pitch at 6:30 p.m. at Spillane Field in Wareham.