FISHER CATS UPDATE
Kevin Gray, who covers the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats for The New Hampshire Union Leader had a nice article Friday summarizing the Fisher Cats recent homestand.
During a eight game homestand New Hampshire won six games including four comeback wins. Including games this weekend the Fisher Cats are 12-7 and in second place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League, five games behind Trenton.
After a slow start Sergio Santos has heated things up. Over his last 10 games Santos is hitting .316 with 7 doubles, 5 HR and 10 RBI and now leads the Eastern League with 6 HR on the season. Santos has committed 5 errors in 17 games at shortstop. Arizona Fall League MVP Chip Cannon is hitting just .194 with 3 HR and 8 RBI.
David Purcey is off to a strong start on the mound with a 3-1 record a 2.81 ERA. Purcey ranks second in the Eastern League with 28 strikeouts and has show increased control this season, walking just four batters. Two other Fisher Cat hurlers also have 3 wins, Mike MacDonald (3-0, 2.19) and Jesse Litsch (3-1, 1.19).
In the bullpen 36 year old Rookie Jo Matumoto, a side-arming lefty, started the season with nine plus scoreless innings and currently boasts a 1-0 record and a 2.53 ERA while allowing just five hits in 10-plus innings. Jordan De Jong has allowed just six hits and one earned run in over 14 innings while striking out 18 opponents. Former Chiefs closer Lee Gronkiewicz (1-0, 2.25)has 3 saves in 9 appearances.