It’s August 26, 2019. Here’s what’s been going on lately on the road 400 miles to Toronto.
Monday, Aug. 19 – New Hampshire 1, Trenton 0 (road)
Tuesday, Aug. 20 – New Hampshire 7, Trenton 2 (road)
Wednesday, Aug. 21 – Trenton 4, New Hampshire 0 (road)
Thursday, Aug. 22 – New Hampshire 9, Binghamton 4 (home)
Friday, Aug. 23 – New Hampshire 1, Binghamton 0 (home, 11 inn.)
Saturday, Aug. 24 – Binghamton 4, New Hampshire 2 (home)
Sunday, Aug. 25 – Binghamton 5, New Hampshire 1 (home)
Hitting Woes Continue
If there’s one key point in the obituary for this year’s Fisher Cats squad, it will be the lack of offense.
New Hampshire had a winning week, as they did last week. And like last week, New Hampshire scored more than three runs only twice.
One can only imagine what this year might have been if just a few of those games had just a few more runs, especially late runs. Following Sunday’s contest, New Hampshire’s record when leading after seven innings is 42-5, compared to a 3-47 record when trailing after seven.
Although the Fisher Cats have a respectable 3.69 team ERA coming into Monday’s game, one can only imagine that additional run support might have helped there as well.
“When you’re not scoring a lot of runs, the pitching staff knows it can’t give up many runs and the defense knows it can’t make many mistakes,” said Fisher Cats Manager Mike Mordecai. “We don’t have a lot of veteran hitters on this team at this level.”
Former ‘Cats Perform in Buffalo
The core of last year’s Eastern League championship-winning lineup has sparkled in the big leagues this year, but several members of this season’s Fisher Cats pitching staff have been turning heads in Triple-A.
On Monday, T.J. Zeuch threw the first Buffalo Bisons no-hitter since Barto Colon did so in 1997. A day later, Nate Pearson threw seven scoreless innings on his Triple-A debut, which also happened to be his birthday.
Eight More Games
Just over one week remains in the Fisher Cats’ season, with any hopes of a playoff berth dashed on Sunday.
“The guys are frustrated, the numbers aren’t quite where they want, but they don’t quit, they go out and keep playing,” said Mordecai.
The Fisher Cats now host Trenton for their final home series of the year before heading to Portland for their final series of the year.