400 Miles to Toronto: What? Another Doubleheader?

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400 Miles to Toronto: New Hampsire Fisher Cats ColumnThe 2017 New Hampshire Fisher Cats season is just about over, but not without another doubleheader (or two!) Here’s the state of things on the path 400 miles to Toronto and beyond.

Quick Recap

In a season full of postponements and subsequent doubleheaders, the last two Fisher Cat series versus Altoona and Binghamton provided two more.

New Hampshire split the first doubleheader against the Curve, repeating the process on the road against the Rumble Ponies.

The other two games of the week were extra-inning affairs, marked by a bases loaded walk in the tenth to begin the Binghamton series and a tough loss in a see-saw battle against the Curve.

Fisher Cats of the Week

Batting: Anthony Alford: Reese McGuire was named the Eastern League Player of the Week last week, but he’s come down to Earth, at least a little bit. It was a good week for Reese, Emilio Guerrero and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but Anthony Alford took the prize as the Fisher Cats’ top non-pitcher this week.

Why?

McGuire did well in three of the four games he appeared in versus Altoona and Binghamton, but went 0-for-5 in the other game.

Guerrero had four straight two-hit games in a row, but went 0-for-4 in the Binghamton doubleheader.

Gurriel had a homer and two multi-hit days, but had no hit appearances in three of the six games between the two series.

Alford wasn’t perfect either, edged out the pack, hitting .352 over the course of the two series and collecting hits in five of the six games, including a homer, three steals and three walks.

Starting Pitching: Thomas Pannone: Another tough decision, with good performances by Conner Greene and Ryan Borucki, but Pannone got the nod for his work in the first half of the Binghamton doubleheader.

The Fisher Cats couldn’t pull out the win there, but it had nothing to do with Pannone, who allowed six hits and just one run in six innings of work.

Relief Pitching: Kender Villegas: The Venezuelan righty wins this prize by default as the only reliever appearing last week without at least one bad day.

His injury problems have bounced him up and down from Advanced-A Dunedin this year, but Villegas has developed in a quality middle-relief man during the time he’s been in Manchester.

In the first game of the Binghamton series, he pitched three scoreless innings of relief, giving up a pair of hits and a walk.

Who’s Here and Who’s Left

The Fisher Cats welcomed catcher Andres Sotillo from Dunedin and welcomed back Alex Monsalve from Triple-A Buffalo.

Villegas was also reactivated off the 7-day disabled list.

What’s Next

The Fisher Cats begin their final 2017 home series against the Hartford Yard Goats this weekend, followed by road series against Reading and Portland to conclude their season.

 

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.