ORLEANS ─ Chatham had the hits, but not enough runs in Friday's game in Orleans, which saw the Firebirds come away with a 5-3 victory under the lights at Eldredge Park.
Jake Palomaki opened the outing with a single to third giving fans hope that the tone of the game was being set, but two strikeouts and a caught pop fly ended the opening inning without a run from the A's.
Not so for the host Firebirds, who pushed across their first run of the night when Ethan Paul scored on a Riley Adams single to put Orleans ahead 1-0 after the first.
A scoreless second flew by with only one hit from the Firebirds' Garrett Benge, with the home team doing some serious damage in the third. After the Firebirds' starting pitcher Chandler Day retired Chatham's DJ Artis, Jake Palomaki, and Orlando Garcia in rapid succession, their own Ethan Paul swung into a double in the bottom of the third, ultimately making it to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single from Adams.
Two more Firebird runs came in next on a home run by Drew Lugbauer, who scored Adams before the inning ended.
It took the Anglers until the seventh inning to plate a run, which came when Jordan Romero came in on a double hit by DJ Artis. Romero stepped in for Kyle Adams, reaching on a walk before blazing around the bases for home on Artis's double.
Chatham struck again in the ninth, but wasn't able to parlay the momentum into a rally. After John Aiello reached on a walk, Artis moved him to second with a single before Palomaki drew the first out of the inning with a fly ball to left field. Another fly out from Orlando Garcia advanced both Aiello and Artis, who then raced home on a double hit by Stuart Fairchild.
While Angler fans kept their fingers crossed for continued scoring, Orleans closing pitcher Kit Scheetz shut that door by forcing Hagen Owenby to strike out swinging, ending the game at 5-3, Orleans.
Chatham pitcher Simon Mathews suffered the loss, lasting slightly more than four innings, during which he allowed eight hits and four runs, with four errors and three strikeouts. Kale Breaux stepped in for relief, allowing two hits and a run with two strikeouts and an error before giving way to Garrett Whitlock, who allowed no hits and no runs in one inning while striking out one. Connor Moore worked with his Angler teammates on a 1-2-3 eighth.
At bat, Artis went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Fairchild went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Chatham travels to Wareham tonight for a 6:30 game, with another travel game Friday night against Brewster beginning at 5 p.m. before heading to the All-Star Game on Saturday.