Merchants Hand Chiefs 5-2 Loss at Maplewood
Malden, MA- Despite Chiefs’ pitching striking 16 batters the Wakefield Merchants used a two-run homer from Bobby Losanno and took advantage of some sloppy defense to take a 5-2 win at Maplewood on Monday night.
Zach Kirby’s 13 K’s in 6 innings and Mitchell Clegg, who was making his 2019 debut, striking out the side in the seventh was not enough to hold off the Merchants.
The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Ben Waldrip (pictured) hit his second homer of the year off Merchants starter James McNamara.
Wakefield erased that lead and took the lead for good in the top of the third on a Jon Luders single and Losanno’s two run shot.
The Merchants’ margin went to 4-1 in the top of the fourth on a Chris Butler double, a Kirby error, and a RBI fielders’ choice grounder from Kevin Lucey. They padded the lead in the top of the sixth when Bryant Dana reached on an error and came around to score on a Luders double.
The Chiefs picked a run in the bottom of the seventh on a R.J. Libby RBI double, scoring pinch-hitter Gino DeSimone who had walked.
McNamara evened his season mark at 2-2 with the win. He went 6.1 innings, allowed six hits, and struck out three. Joseph Maguire came on in the seventh and closed the game with two strikeouts.
Kirby dropped to 2-2 with the loss. He allowed five runs, two earned, and gave up seven hits around his 13 strikeouts. Clegg gave up a leadoff single to Losanno in the seventh before getting the next three batters on strikeouts.
Chiefs Chatter.… The Chiefs fall to 7-3 with the loss. They travel to Victory Field in Watertown tonight to take on Alibrandis in a 7:45 PM start…..