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New Britain 3, New Hampshire 0: Fisher Cats Swept by Division, Feline Rival in Home-Opening Series

Left fielder John Tolisano had two of New Hampshire's three hits in Sunday's 3-0 shutout loss.

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.

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Fisher Cats Lose 6-1 to Rock Cats

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 pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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Fisher Cats Feature: Koby Clemens

by Patrick Cavanaugh

Could Koby Clemens be the next best thing in the Blue Jays Organization?

The son of the rocket, Roger Clemens, Koby has always been a solid hitter. He brings six

Koby Clemens speaks to the Media at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. (Kevin Littlefield)

years of baseball knowledge to the table. He spent last season in Oklahoma City playing Triple-A ball with the Red Hawks. He played in 126 games, had 90 hits, 16 homeruns, and 55 RBIs. With an average of .234, last season had to been one of Koby’s best seasons. The real question is, ‘What can he do with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season?’

Clemens was drafted in the 8th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. He was ranked as their #20 prospect after the 2009 season. Today “The Baseball Cube” rates Clemens’ power  77.

At Fisher Cats Media Day, the media asked Clemens if he ever feels any pressure given his last name and he said, “The pressure never gets to me because I tell myself I’m going to be me, I’m going to be Koby.”

In conclusion, there is no predicting what Koby can bring to New Hampshire. By the looks of it, Koby will bring power to the Fisher Cats and try to help them achieve the goal of capturing another Eastern League Championship

Patrick Cavanaugh covers the NH Fisher Cats for BostonSportsU18.com and his blog. He can be contacted at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats Season Preview: Defending the Eastern League Title

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium

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.

Koby 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).

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Fisher Cats featured in Baseball America’s Top Prospects

by Patrick Cavanaugh

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Members of the Eastern League Champions, the 2011 New Hampshire Fisher Cats made the list of Baseball America’s Top Prospects. The players that made the list include: Catcher and Eastern League MVP Travis d’Arnaud, and outfielder Anthony Gose who broke the Fisher Cats franchise record of most steals in one season with 70 stolen bases.

d’Arndaud, 23, who ranks in at #17 on Baseball America’s list, definitely has the power. He is great not only behind the plate, but at the plate as well. d’Arnaud tops just about evering batting category for the Fishers including: Batting Average (.311) , Home Runs (21), RBI’s (78), Slugging Percentage (.371), and On Base Percentage (.542).

Gose, 21, who ranks in at 39, is another great player. He definitley has the star power, and is the talent that fans love to see. Gose set a new franchise record for the Fisher Cats this past season with 70 stolen bases. According to Baseball America he “Physical dead-ringer for Nyjer Morgan, but has bigger tools than Tony Plush.”

Overall, these two names are key players in the Blue Jays organization. They come out ready to fight for their team and enjoy themselves while doing it.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for BSU18. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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Fisher Cats Ready for 2012 Season

By Patrick Cavanaugh

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The 2011 Eastern League Champions, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are ready for the 2012 season. They have the talent. They have the coaching. They just need everything to click together and make a solid season.

One thing the Toronto Blue Jays don’t have to worry about is not having enough talent. They have Eastern League MVP and star catcher Travis d’Arnaud and his “Oppo Tacos,” Home Run Derby Champion Mike McDade to guide a solid infield, and the man with the speed, Anthony Gose who holds a Fisher Cats franchise record for most stolen bases in a season.

Manager Sal Fasano, Pitching Coach Tom Signore, and Hitting Coach Jon Nunnally, form a perfect Coaching Staff and will be a key factor in leading the Fisher Cats to another successful season.

Overall, we will just have to find out how many veterans AND new faces we see in New Hampshire. As we saw last season, a young team can be a great team!

Patrick Cavanaugh cover pro baseball for BSU18. He can be reached at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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2011 Granite State Baseball Dinner a Success

By Patrick Cavanaugh

The 2011 Granite State Baseball Dinner was held Saturday evening at the Radisson Hotel. The headliners of the event include: “Oil Can” Boyd , New Hampshire native Jeff Locke,

NH Native Jeff Locke signs for a young fan in the VIP Lounge before the Granite State Baseball Dinner (UNION LEADER)

and even two-time World Series Champ Chris Carpenter.

“It’s great to see all of these fans come out and support a great cause,” said Locke.

The festivities kicked off with an autograph session with the honored guests. The session was followed by the opening ceremonies and then by dinner. There was then a live auction, followed by the closing ceremonies.

It was an overall great time at the Baseball Dinner and the funds from the dinner go to a great cause (Fisher Cats Foundation).

Patrick Cavanaugh covers pro baseball for BostonSportsU18.com. He can be contacted at pcavanaugh@bostonsportsu18.com.

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats getting ready to celebrate after clinching second-ever Eastern League title

(Eva Russo/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

by Joshua Kummins

RICHMOND, Va. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) won the Double-A Eastern League championship last night with a 4-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF) in Game 4 of the series at The Diamond.

The victory clinched New Hampshire’s first E.L. title since their inaugural season in 2004 as the series was clinched by a 3-1 count.

“When you get a group of guys like this, they’re almost unforgettable,” Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano told Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union-Leader. “If anything, this team has a lot of good memories and some hardware to remember it with (championship) rings.”

Center fielder Anthony Gose scored the winning run on a Moises Sierra single in the top of the ninth inning, while Clint Everts earned his first win after striking out both batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth with two runners on and just one out.

Third baseman Kevin Howard earned Most Valuable Player honors with a home run in last night’s game. He went 6-for-15 in the Richmond series with five RBI in the four games.

Richmond won the series opener in Manchester by a 10-9 score on Tuesday, before New Hampshire rattled off three straight, including a 7-5 win in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday at home.

Now that the Fisher Cats have locked up their second league title, the celebration can officially begin and they will do just that tomorrow night!

Immediately following the game, the team announced that a celebration will be held tomorrow night (Monday, September 19) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Adams Bar and Grille inside Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Fasano will be on hand for the celebration and attendees will also be able to take their photo with the championship trophy. Everyone is invited to join in on all the fun with mascots Fungo & Slider, free appetizers, autographed raffle prizes, Championship t-shirts and inflatable games for the kids!

POST-GAME VIDEO
Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano reacts to an Eastern League title (Kevin Gray)
Fisher Cats outfielder Anthony Gose (Dave Gershman)
Post-Game Celebration (Dave Gershman)

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Fisher Cats, EASTERN LEAGUE CHAMPS!!!

The Fisher Cats Celebrate Postgame. (Dave Gershman)

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(RICHMOND, V.A.)—After a long season, all of the work finally paid off; the New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels to become the Eastern League Champions.

For the first time since 2004, the Fisher Cats made it all  the way to the title.

The Fisher Cats and the Squirrels both got off to a great start both scoring a run in the second.

It was the fourth inning when things started getting interesting. Kevin Howard hit a two run homer to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Fishers. The Squirrels countered with a run in the sixth when Juan Perez hit a two-out single to score Francisco Peguero from third.

Going into the ninth, things were tied at three….Until, Fishers outfielder Moises Sierra sealed the deal with a one-out single that scored Anthony Gose. FINAL SCORE: 4-3.

With that said, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are Eastern League Champions. It’s the moment NH fans have been waiting for. Let the celebration begin!!!

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Minor League Baseball Playoffs: Fisher Cats take edge in ELCS; Columbus, Quebec win titles of note

Travis d'Arnaud had a key RBI double in the sixth inning en route to a Fisher Cat win, moving them within one game of the Eastern League title.

by Joshua Kummins

RICHMOND, Va. — Moises Sierra, Travis d’Arnaud and Mike McDade each drove in runs on RBI hits in a five-run sixth inning as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats earned a 5-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels to move within one win of the franchise’s second Eastern League title.

The Fisher Cats were held hitless until two outs in the top of the sixth inning as Jonathan Diaz reached on a walk and Anthony Gose stroked a base hit in the next at-bat.

The Squirrels got one run in the first inning for the third straight game as Charlie Culberson scored on a wild pitch.

Wes Etheridge–the first New Hampshire pitcher in relief of starter Yohan Pino–earned the win, entering into a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth inning. He got Chris Dominguez to hit into an inning-ending doubleplay to keep Richmond’s lead at 1-0.

Game 4 of the Eastern League Championship Series will be played in Richmond on this evening at 6:05 p.m., as Deck McGuire starts for the Fisher Cats against Richmond’s Justin Fitzgerald.

Congratulations to Northeastern product Luke Carlin and the Columbus Clippers (CLE) as they won the Triple-A International League title for the second straight year last night, defeating Lehigh Valley (PHI) by a 4-1 score in Game 4 of the Governor’s Cup Finals.

Former PawSox outfielder Brandon Moss was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run–his fourth of the post-season–in the seventh inning for the IronPigs, but Chen Lee struck him out on three pitches to earn the 3-1 series win.

In Game 3 of the series, Carlin (pictured at right) delivered a two-out, two-strike home run with a runner on in the second inning to jumpstart the offense that went on two win its second-straight title for the first time since the 1991 and 1992 seasons.

Columbus will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on Omaha for the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday in a game that will be televised live on Versus.

The Quebec Capitales won their third consecutive Can-Am League title on Friday night, earning a 6-4 win over the New Jersey Jackals in Game 4 of the Championship Series at Le Stade Municipal.

The Jackals took an early 4-1 lead after just an inning and a half, but Quebec took control of the game as they scored two runs in the second inning, two runs in the third and one more in the fourth to take the 6-4 lead.

Capitales center fielder Goefrey Tomlinson (pictured at right) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while first baseman Rene Leveret also chipped in with two hits. 

Starting pitcher Ryan DiPietro picked up the victory going 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with nine strikeouts. Steve Fox took the loss in relief for the Jackals, while Capitale closer T.J. Stanton notched his third save of the series, retiring the side in order in the ninth.

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