Wakefield swept in doubleheader, has lost five in a row
Published in the July 20, 2015 edition
WAKEFIELD — The up and down season continued for the Wakefield Merchants yesterday afternoon and evening as they were swept in a doubleheader at Walsh Field to be handed their fourth and fifth straight defeats.
The Merchants dropped two games against the Watertown Reds by scores of 9-1 and 5-2 in Intercity League play to fall to 7-12-1 in the ICL standings and remain in fifth place.
Watertown, meanwhile, upped its record to 15-6-0 and is currently in third place in the ICL standings.
The Reds offense was firing on all cylinders in the afternoon game as they banged out 16 hits and tallied nine runs against three Wakefield hurlers. Meanwhile, Wakefield was held to one run on six hits as clutch hits eluded the Merchants.
Watertown scored one run in the first inning, four in the third inning, three in the fifth and one in the seventh. The Merchants scored their lone run in the second.
Jarrod Marchesi (1-3) pitched the first three innings and was reached for five runs on eight hits. The right-hander walked two batters and struck out one batter.
Brendan DeLeire hurled two frames of relief and surrendered three runs on six hits.
Christian Ferlan pitched the sixth and seventh innings and gave up one run (unearned) on two hits while striking out a batter and walking a batter.
Wakefield had six hits with Scott Searles leading the way with two. One of Searles’ hits was a double.
James Ramsey, John Davison, Mike Manoogian and Louis Tarantino each had one hit. Manoogian scored the lone run and Joe Barry drove in the lone run.
Mike Sorrentino and BJ Neil drew the two walks surrendered by the Reds.
The batting and pitching stats for the Watertown Reds were unavailable.
The second game of the doubleheader was more competitive but a four-run second for Watertown proved to be the difference. The Reds added one more run in the fourth inning. The Merchants, meanwhile, scored single runs in the first and fourth innings.
Kyle McCarthy (2-2) went the distance for Wakefield giving up five runs on nine hits. The right-hander struck out four and walked two. He had one bad inning where Watertown scored four runs. Other than that, he kept the Reds in check.
The Merchants scored two runs on seven hits. Searles once again led the way with two hits including a double. He also scored one of the two Wakefield runs.
Sorrentino, Manoogian, Barry, Neil and Tarantino each had a hit as well. Manoogian also had a double and scored a run.
Driving in the two runs were Ramsey and Neil.
Bobby Losanno also drew the one walk surrendered by Watertown pitching.
The batting and pitching stats for the Reds were unavailable.
Wakefield will look to snap its losing streak when it faces the Reds again on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Bentley University. Wednesday’s game starts a road trip of three games with stops in Arlington on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Summer Street Field and in Beverly to take on the Reading Bulldogs on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Endicott College as well.
The Merchants next home game is Sunday night at 5 p.m. at Walsh Field when they host the Andre Chiefs.