400 Miles to Toronto: More Squandered Chances Against Richmond and Akron

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400 Miles to Toronto: New Hampsire Fisher Cats ColumnIt’s August 11, here’s the state of things on the path 400 miles to Toronto and beyond.

Quick Recap

Over their past two series against Richmond and Akron, the Fisher Cats continued their recent trend of not capitalizing on opportunities.

The six games of those past two series fit into three categories: wins (the second half of the August 6 doubleheader and August 10 in Akron) clear losses (the first half of the doubleheader and August 9 in Akron), and losses that could have been wins (August 4 versus Richmond and August 8 in Akron.)

Fisher Cats of the Week

Batting: Tim Lopes: Several Fisher Cats were in the running for this week’s award, but Lopes was the week’s most valuable offensive Fisher Cat by a whisker (no pun intended).

Lopes recorded hits in five of the six games of the last two series, scored in four out of the six games, got a pair of stolen bases in the first two Richmond games and registered a triple and a home run against Akron.

Starting Pitching: Jon Harris: Another difficult decision, but Harris narrowly beat out Sean Reid-Foley, who was just an inning away from a complete game in the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Harris kept the Fisher Cats in the game with a decent performance in the first game of the Richmond series and allowed just four hits over six innings of work in the third game of the Akron series.

Relief Pitching: Justin Shafer: New Hampshire’s bullpen had more difficulties than usual over the past two series, with Shafer’s scoreless two inning performance in the first Akron game marking his only appearance during the six game stretch.

He was the only reliever still with the team making a performance over the two series that did not give up at least one run.

Transactions

Carlos Ramirez joined Shafer in not allowing a run, making an appearance in the doubleheader. However, it’s not entirely fair to name him Fisher Cat of the Week since he became a Buffalo Bison on August 8, getting his Triple-A debut the next day.

Danny Jansen also got the call up to Buffalo while Reese McGuire returned to New Hampshire from Advanced-A Dunedin.

What’s Next

The Fisher Cats will return to Manchester for a six-game homestand against the Hartford Yard Goats and the Altoona Curve after a three-game weekend set in Erie against the Sea Wolves