Fisher Cats Edge Akron

by PATRICK CAVANAUGH

(MANCHESTER, NH)—The New Hampshire Fisher Cats finished off a three-game series with victory over the Akron RubberDucks on Thursday night, defeating the inter-division rival by a final score of 1-0.

New Hampshire starter Conner Greene, who is just 20 years old, was the shining star of the weeknight victory that snapped a Fisher Cats four-game losing streak. He was called up from the Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto’s Advanced-A affiliate) just a couple of days ago. He had a dominant fastball that consistently reached the mid-90s throughout the evening. His change-up was a great “second offer” pitch throughout the night that seemed to catch the RubberDucks off guard. The California native lived up to his high expectations, pitching seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits, three walks, and fanning one Akron batter.

“He was outstanding,” said Fisher Cats skipper Bobby Meacham. “He couldn’t make a mistake and still come out a winner, and I thought he was outstanding.”

The Fisher Cats scraped their only run across the plate in the bottom of the 3rd inning, after Jorge Flores hit an RBI single to center-field to score Derrick Chung, who led-off the inning with a double. New Hampshire saw several more opportunities to score throughout the night, but could not capitalize on them, as they left fourteen men on base.

“Both pitchers were going at it, down in the zone, and a lot of fastballs,” said Meacham. “They weren’t trying to trick people, but trying to record outs.”

Greene was credited with the win, while the loss was charged to Akron’s Mike Clevinger. New Hampshire reliever Blake McFarland was credited with the save after a nice makeup outing, which came just one day after a shaky performance in which the Fisher Cats would go on to drop in extra innings.

Although they came out with the victory, the Fisher Cats drop the three-game series 2-1 to the Akron RubberDucks, and now move on to a three-game series with the Erie SeaWolves, which will close out the homestand at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The recently featured Fisher Cat and right-handed ace Casey Lawrence gets the nod for New Hampshire. First pitch is slated for 7:05 P.M.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers professional baseball for www.BostonSportsU18.com. He can be reached at . Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @pcava12

 

 

 

 

 

About Patrick Cavanaugh

Patrick Cavanaugh is a 16-year-old sports journalist, currently in his junior year at the Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire. He can be found in the various press boxes around the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), as he is the Voice of the Laconia Muskrats. On an off-day, he can be found in his home away from home: The Press Box at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Patrick has covered the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) since 2010. He serves as BSU18's main contributor in the state of New Hampshire. His favorite sports icons are Jerry Remy and Dustin Pedroia. His dream job is being a sports broadcaster. He can be reached at [email protected]
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