Thursday, June 19, 2008

Gameday: G10 - 6/19 @ Keene, 7 PM

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It's a crucial early season matchup as the Navigators take on the first place Keene Swamp Bats... and we have internet!

Pregame Notes: North Shore Navigators (6-3) @ Keene Swamp Bats (7-1)
-Navs Stats
-Keene Stats

-Keene suffered its first loss of the season last night after a 7-0 start, losing 2-1 at Sanford. Sean Tierney pitched 6 innings and gave up 2 runs in the loss.
-Keene's Evan Chambers has an OBP of .500. He has 11 walks in 8 games.
-The Navs are 2-1 on their current road swing after last night's win in Holyoke. They are 3-1 overall on the road.
-In their first matchup of the season, Keene downed North Shore 2-0 at Fraser Field on June 8.

Pitching Matchup
-James Wise will pitch for Keene. He's 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA (not bad). This is his first start of the season; he's pitched 7.1 scoreless innings in 3 appearances out of the 'pen. Opponents are hitting .240 against Wise.
-Mike DiCato gets the ball for the Navs. He's 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, with opponents hitting .211.

Lineups: KEE/NS
Tremblay SS/Little CF
Grovat LF/Kuehl 2B
Barr 2B/Hill C
Karmas 1B/Belcher SS
Chester DH/McNaughton DH
Petro C/Provencher RF
Lee CF/Fatse LF
McGrew RF/McCrann 1B
Macias 2B/Geason 3B

Live Updates:

-9:24 PM: The Navs are making it a game against closer Matt Jebb - Provencher's 2nd homer of the game makes it 4-3.

-9:19 PM: We go to the 9th with North Shore trailing 4-1.

-9:09 PM: With 2 on and 2 out, Kuehl chops back to relief pitcher Adam Kolarek to end the 8th. It's 4-1 Swamp Bats.

-9:05 PM: Pinch hitter Jay McConnell gives it an absolute ride to deep right field, but McGrew makes a tremendous catch for the 2nd out of the inning.

-9:03 PM: We have a milestone: Mike Provencher smacks the Navs' first HR of the year to right center field. It's 4-1.

-8:54 PM: Casey McGrew pops another solo homer to chase DiCato from the game. 4-0 Keene.

The view from alongside the Navs' dugout on the 3rd base side.

-8:44 PM: Petro smacks a leadoff homer off of DiCato to make it 3-0. Krull is warming up in the 'pen.

-8:41 PM: Wise got out of the jam, striking out Belcher looking on a low heater, and getting McNaughton to ground into a 6-4 fielder's choice. 2-0 thru 6 1/2.

-8:36 PM: Hill failed to get the bunt down, and wound up striking out. Belcher's up with one away.

-8:34 PM: The Navs have something going here in the top of the 7th. Justin Little led it off with a bunt single down the first base line, then Kuehl poked a single into left to put the first two on. Hill is up here in what appears to be a definite bunting situation.

-8:27 PM: Paul Karmas's 9th RBI of the year, a base hit up the middle to score Tremblay, makes it 2-0 Keene in the 6th --- same score as the last game at Fraser.
-8:19 PM: Wise continues to deal, setting down the Navs in order again.

-8:12 PM: DiCato has his first hiccup: Alex Lee drills a first pitch, solo home run to right with two outs in the 5th inning. It was the first hit allowed by DiCato on the night, and it gives Keene a 1-0 lead.

-7:55 PM: Wise looks just as good as his stats would indicate, as he gets another 1-2-3 inning in the 4th. He's faced the minimum through four.

-7:49 PM: Keene gets its first baserunner when Jose Macias reaches on a throwing error by Nick Belcher, but DiCato gets Tremblay to line out to right to keep Keene hitless through 3. Still 0-0 through 3 complete.

-7:40 PM: Another quick inning - Fatse leads off with a walk, but McCrann and Geason K and Fatse gets picked off 1st. 0-0 thru 2 1/2.

Kyle Geason spins out of the way of an inside pitch from John Wise

-7:24 PM: Sean McNaughton reaches with a 1-out double, but Provencher grounds into a fielders choice then gets caught stealing to end the inning. Still 0-0 thru 1 1/2.

Provencher grounded into a fielder's choice.

-7:08 PM: Wise mows down Little, Kuehl, and Hill in short order, capping the inning off with a strikeout.

-7:04 PM: Little steps in, and we're ready to roll.

-6:55 PM: Starting lineup & anthem time.

-6:42 PM: There's also another row of beach chairs out beyond the left field fence. Speaking of the outfield fence - the dimensions here are tiny. I smell the first Navs' talljack of the season. It's 330 down the left field line, 350 to center, 312(!) to the right-center field power alley, and 354 to right.

-6:34 PM: If you'd asked me to picture an NECBL park in my mind before I got involved with the Navs, I would have pictured something like Keene. It's your friendly neighborhood park. One interesting touch: the big grandstand is along the first base side, but there's a row of beach chairs set up behind home plate.

-6:31 PM: The Navs have finished with an abbreviated infield session and now they're prepping the field.

-6:14 PM: We're here! And we have web access. This should be a good one.

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