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by PATRICK CAVANAUGH
(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are looking like a hot commodity as they finish up their first series of the 2015 season.
The Fisher Cats had a lot of room for improvement after finishing the season in 5th place in the Eastern Division with a record of 66-76 last year. The current roster is a familiar squad, as 21 of the 26 players listed have worn a Fisher Cats uniform before this season. Some of the more popular names include: Jon Berti, Ryan Schimpf, Dustin Antolin, Andy Burns, and New Hampshire native Kevin Nolan.
The Fisher Cats’ season is officially underway now, but there was quite a commotion when an early-April snowstorm covered the field and spectator area with enough snow and ice to force the team to push Opening Night from Thursday to Friday. Although it was an unfortunate happening. Fisher Cats President and General Manager acknowledged the situation by saying, “Despite the best efforts of our grounds crew and operations team today, you just can’t fight Mother Nature,” according to a Fisher Cats press release.
As for performance on the field, the Fisher Cats have looked solid so far. On Opening Night, the Fishers shut out the Rock Cats 6-0 after a stunning performance from K.C. Hobson (homered), Matt Newman (3 hits), and the pitching staff was incredible. The starter, Matt Boyd, struck out nine batters in his 4+ innings of work, and his relievers did a nice job supplementing his performance, as the team of four pitchers fanned a total of seventeen batters.
With a record of 2-0, the Fisher Cats host the New Britain Rock Cats on Sunday afternoon for a series finale doubleheader. RHP Casey Lawrence will get the nod for New Hampshire in game one, while RHP Shane Carle will take the hill for the New Britain. The first contest will start at 1:35, and the second game will follow approximately 30 minutes after the last pitch is thrown.
by PATRICK CAVANAUGH
(MANCHESTER, NH)—The Fisher Cats got on the scoreboard first, but in this case, one run isn’t good enough to win the game.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, the Fisher Cats starter, glided quickly through the first couple of innings. He gave up one run in the fifth, but things fell apart in the seventh after he gave up a single to former Fisher Cat Mark Sobolewski, and the defense behind Bibens-Dirkx committed a throwing error, which resulted in two New Britain runs crossing the plate.
“He did a great job but he gave up some hits,” said Fisher Cats skipper Gary Allenson in a postgame interview. “Overall he kept it to a minimum.”
Evan Crawford came in and pitched the completion of the 7th, as well as the entire 8th inning. He gave up one earned run, walked a batter, and struck out one batter as well. After eight, the score stood 4-1 in favor of the Rock Cats.
There were a few close calls on the diamond, including a balk call in the top of the 8th, which resulted in a New Britain runner moving from first to second base. The runner went on to score what was the Rock Cats fourth run.
“We were still down by two runs and its hard to tell if the guy really balked or not from my point of view.” said Allenson.
The Fisher Cats now go on a seven game road-trip, playing three games in Reading against the Phillies, and four against the Thunder in Trenton. The team will return home next Friday (5/3) to open up a six-game homestand.
by Patrick Cavanaugh
(MANCHESTER, NH)—The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are now on a three game win-streak as they won the third game of the homestand 4-2 over the New Britain Rock Cats late Saturday night. Jose Bautista wasn’t in town, but there still was fireworks; during and after the game.
It all started in the bottom of the first inning. Adam Lind, the Fisher Cats leadoff hitter provided the in-game fireworks show in the Fisher Cats’ first at-bat, as he blasted a shot to right field to get the Fisher Cats an early 1-0 lead.
“I hit it on the sweet spot, and thankfully it went to the right part of the park” said Lind. “It was a cutter.”
In the top of the second, New Britain’s Nathan Hanson hit an RBI double to left, which scored Josmil Pinto who reached on an error.
The Fisher Cats also collected a run in the second. Ryan Schimpf scored from third base on a wild pitch to Brian Jeroloman. This made the score 2-1.
The Fisher Cats rallied in the bottom of the fifth, when Jake Marisnick collected a hit which scored Koby Clemens from second base. Ryan Goins then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which scored Adam Lind, who the Rock Cats intentionally walked, after they fell behind in a 3-0 count. The score was 4-1 in favor of the Fisher Cats, after five innings.
Aaron Hicks tacked on another run for the Rock Cats in the top of the seventh, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Daniel Rohlfing from third, to make the score 4-2.
Sean Nolin, the Fisher Cats starter, was given the no decision. He threw four innings, gave up three hits, an unearned run, walked three, and fanned three batters.
Joel Carreno who came in relief for Nolin, was credited with the win. He hurled two innings, gave up a hit, and struck out three.
The save was given to Trystan Magnuson, who earned his fourth save on the season. He came in to close out the game and that he did, making quick work of the Rock Cats in the ninth. 4-2 the Fisher Cats win.
The Fisher Cats close out the series with the Rock Cats tomorrow at 1:35 PM in Manchester at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. They will then open up a series with Portland to close out the final homestand of the year.
by Patrick Cavanaugh
(MANCHESTER, NH)—Adam Lind continues his Toronto Blue Jays rehab assignment with Jays’ Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the New
Britain Rock Cats in game three of the four game series. The Fisher Cats have played well as of late, capturing the win in both games of the homestand, thus far.
Lind, 29, has seen every stage of the game of baseball, beginning his career in 2003, in the NCAA. He played with the South Alabama Jaguars for the 2003 and 2004 season. In late 2004, Lind was drafted by the Blue Jays, and joined the Auburn Doubledays, an affiliate of the Blue Jays at the time.
He then spent the 2005 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto’s Single-A affiliate, before advancing to Double-A New Hampshire, and Triple-A Syracuse, in 2006. Near the end of the 2006 season, Lind was called up to the show, where he spent 19 games with the Jays.
He started the 2007 season with Syracuse, before he was again, brought up to Toronto. He repeated this in 2008.
2009 is the first season Lind started up in Toronto. He stayed in the majors the following year, and in 2011 he played in most of his games with the Jays, but he played three games with Dunedin.
This year, Lind has played in Las Vegas, Toronto, and he is currently in New Hampshire on a rehab assignment, nursing a mid-back strain.
I talked to Lind before the game and he said, “I feel like I am ready to be back, playing at the Major League level.”
He proved that statement correct as he lead off for the Fisher Cats in the bottom of the first. He jacked a solo shot out to right-field to get the Fisher Cats the early 1-0 lead over the Rock Cats.
ON VIDEO: Click the link to check out my Youtube video of Adam Lind taking batting practice in Manchester: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7smV1DB7dZY&feature=relmfu
The Fisher Cats continue play tonight at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium against the New Britain Rock Cats. For live updates for the rest of tonight’s game, follow @pcava12 and @BSU18Baseball on Twitter.
by Patrick Cavanaugh
The “Battle of the Cats” was no doubt in favor of the Rock Cats as they picked up a run early in the top of the 1st inning, when Chris Colabello hit an RBI double to score the Rock Cats’ lead-off man Aaron Hicks.
The Rock Cats struck again in the third inning, when Evan Bigley hit a two-run blast out to right, to make the score 3-0.
The final run of the game came in the fifth inning, when Chris Herrmann homered to make the final score 4-0.
The Rock Cats collect the win and blank the Fisher Cats in Game 1 of tonight’s doubleheader. Both team’s pitchers pitched all seven innings.
Yohan Pino (5-4) was charged with the loss 11 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 homers, and he fanned two batters.
Blake Martin (3-3) was credited with the win. Martin gave up only 3 hits and struck out six.
Game 2 of tonight’s doubleheader is scheduled to start at approximately 8:30.
by Patrick Cavanaugh
(MANCHESTER, NH)–Brett Cecil, Danny Farquhar, and Ron Uviedo are now officially in the Minor League Baseball Record Book after the three pitchers no-hit Portland in a
combined effort that got the 6-0 victory on a misty Monday night in Manchester.
This is only the third no-hitter in Fisher Cats history. Kyle Drabek tossed a no hitter on the fourth of July in 2010 against the New Britain Rock Cats, and Jamie Vermilyea threw a 7-innning perfect game against the Rock Cats for the first Fisher Cats no-no in June of 2004.
Cecil, 25, tossed 5.2 innings, giving up only 3 walks, and fanned eight batters.
Farquhar, also 25, came in and pitched 2.1 innings of relief, striking out three batters, and
only walking one batter.
Uviedo, 25, pitched the ninth inning, giving up a walk.
As for how the Fisher Cats got the 6-0 victory, the Fishers picked up 3 runs in the third inning, and 3 runs in the sixth inning.
The 5,481 fans in attendance at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium witnessed history in Manchester, NH as the Fishers snapped their three-game losing streak and started their four-game series with the Sea Dogs on a good note.
by Joshua Kummins
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) offense struggled once again on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium as they were held to just three hits in a 3-0 shutout against the New Britain Rock Cats (MIN).
With the win, the “Baby Twins” capture the four-game sweep in Manchester while improving to 8-3 on the young season and maintain their spot atop the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. New Hampshire fell to 3-7 as it suffered a loss for the fifth consecutive game.
The team started with two wins last week against the Trenton Thunder (NYY) and has now lost seven of the last eight games – a stretch which also includes two losses to the Reading Phillies (PHI).
“Nothing really changed,” Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano said of the team’s struggles in the opening home series. “It is just that the other team just executes better. I thought [Drew Hutchison] pitched a pretty good game today…We’ve got opportunities to hit and there is a lot of things that can happen in a game.”
“That’s why it’s called a game of inches. A guy makes a nice play on you, so those are the things. We are one big hit away from opening it up…It’s a tough game but there is really no difference in how we have played. It’s a matter of the other team executing better, or getting luckier, however you want to put it.”
Hutchison started the afternoon strong as he seeked his third win in a row to open the season, but unfortunately the streak would be broken at the hands of a streaking Rock Cats offensive attack.
“The day today was kind of frustrating,” said Cats right fielder Brad Glenn, whose hitting streak was snapped at a team-best mark of seven games with an 0-for-3 showing. “As a team, we felt like we were getting good pitches to hit but were just not coming through. Even when we hit the ball hard, it was right at someone. It was just a tough day and all we can do is continue on.”
Glenn, a 23rd-round draft choice in 2009 and Double-A level rookie, entered the contest with the ninth-best batting averaged in the EL at .355.
The Jays’ ninth-rated prospect by Baseball America, Hutchison set down New Britain 1-2-3 over the first three innings before running into his first trouble of the contest.
Left fielder Marc Dolenc singled to open the fourth inning, stole second and came around to score just a batter later when right fielder Evan Bigley delivered with a single straight through into center field to give the Rock Cats a 1-0 lead.
Hutchison allowed a single to shortstop Pedro Florimon in an otherwise-clean fifth inning but Chris Herrmann laced a high Hutchison fastball over the right field wall to double the score. The Twins’ sixth-round draft selection three years ago hit eight dingers between High-A Fort Myers and the Rock Cats in 2011, but today’s hit was the backstop’s first of the season.
In the end, Hutchison was the tough-luck loser for the Fisher Cats, despite allowing just five hits and two runs over 5.2 innings. The loss was his first in a New Hampshire uniform as he was 5-0 to begin his Fisher Cat career, including three wins after being called up last August.
The Rock Cats were able to push across a third and final run in the seventh inning when designated hitter Nate Hanson smacked a sacrifice fly to medium-deep center field, scoring third baseman Debinson Romero after his lead-off base hit.
New Britain starter Luke French was masterful while improving to 2-0 on the season, scattering two hits and three walks over seven innings.
French, the Rock Cats’ Opening Night starter and veteran of 31 Major League appearances between Detroit and Seattle in 2009-10, has not lost since Aug. 27, 2011 when he was a member of the Mariners’ Triple-A Tacoma Rainers.
New Hampshire was very quiet offensively as left fielder John Tolisano was responsible for two of the team’s three hits with singles in the first and sixth innings. First baseman Mike McDade singled off Lester Oliveros with two outs in the ninth before right fielder Brad Glenn struck out to end the game.
“They are actually a pretty good team,” Fasano said of the Rock Cats. “That was a big challenge for us because that is about as good of a team as we will see at this level.”
The Fisher Cats will look to change their luck in the second half of the season’s first homestand as the Binghamton Mets (NYM) come to town for three games beginning on Monday evening. Fasano will give the ball to righty Ryan Tepera, who looks for his first Eastern League victory in his third start.
by Patrick Cavanaugh
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Deck McGuire had good intentions coming into Friday evening’s game against the New Britain Rock Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, but just couldn’t find his groove, as the Fisher Cats took the 6-1 loss in front of a crowd of 3,015.
It all started in the top of the first, when McGuire allowed three runs in the first inning. McGuire got shaky during Aaron Hicks’ at-bat, as he threw three-wild pitches. AJ Jimenez also was charged with an error as an attempt to catch Hicks stealing third base went wrong and sent the ball into right field .
The Rock Cats picked up another run in the third when Chris Colabello of the Rock Cats hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Chris Herrmann from third.
From there things were calm until the 7th inning when the Fisher Cats finally got on the board. Jonathan Diaz hit an infield single which scored Justin Jackson from third base.
In the top of the eighth, Chris Colabello drove one deep, and picked up a two run homer. It was Colabello’s 1st homerun of the year. This made the score 6-1 in favor of the Rock Cats.
In the end, the Fisher Cats just couldn’t come out on top and took the 6-1 loss against New Britain. The Fisher Cats play the Rock Cats again tomorrow in Game 3 of the 4 game series in a 1:35 matinee match at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Tomorrow is All-You-Can-Eat Day at the ballpark. Any fan who purchases a $12 or $14 ticket gets unlimited hot dogs, hamburgers, and nachos.
Patrick Cavanaugh covers the NH Fisher Cats for BostonSportsU18.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Patrick Cavanaugh
MANCHESTER, N.H. — It’s a new season. A clean slate. The 2011 Eastern League Champions, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are ready for the 2012 season as they play their season opener tomorrow in Trenton against the Thunder at 7:05.
Monday was Fisher Cats media day and the local media crowded into the visiting clubhouse at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium and questioned manager Sal Fasano about the upcoming season. He was mainly asked about the pressure that he feels coming into this season after the championship season. Fasano said, “Win or lose, I feel no pressure. As long as players improve and there is a winning atmosphere in the clubhouse, I am happy.”
Media day was followed by the first team practice which was held under the lights at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. It was the first real opportunity not only for the players to practice together, but for the coaches as well, as they got to see how much chemistry the players have working together.
Fasano had no idea if the team would have some chemistry or not, because the Blue Jays announced the roster just a few days before the team traveled to New Hampshire.
The lineup looks solid for the Fisher Cats as well. There are 11 returning faces from the championship team, but among the new faces is Koby Clemens.
Clemens, 25, should bring a lot of attention to the 2012 Fisher Cats because he is the son of “The Rocket,” Roger Clemens.
The media asked Koby if he ever felt pressure because of his last name, and he said, ”People talk about the pressures of my last name, but I always say I’m going to be Koby, I’m going to be me.”
Judging by what I’ve seen, it looks the like the Fisher Cats are in for another successful season. In baseball, there are ups and downs, but the coaching staff made up of Sal Fasano, Jon Nunnally, and Tom Signore will coach the team to success.
ON THE ROAD: The Fisher Cats play three games in Trenton, and then they travel to Reading before returning home for their home opener against the New Britain Rock Cats next Thursday (April 12).