The Blue Jays have two farm teams in the playoff. Join JFtC as we cheer on our prospects in the post-season
Sorry for my absence. August was a very trying month for the Mueller household and it hit a brick wall on Friday, September 7th. It could not have come at a worse time. I pride myself in consistently providing coverage of the Blue Jays minor league system and to have a hiatus occur during the playoff sucked big time.
After a week for hard work and many stressful days, it appears the tide has changed. So let’s get back at it.
So to recap:
September 7th: New Hampshire takes the best of 5 series, 3-0, over the Trenton Thunder with a 5 to 1 win. Jordan Romano allowed just a single a run over 5.2 innings. Cavan Biggio provided all the offense the Cats would need with a 3-RBI game.
September 11th: The Fisher Cats face off against the Arkon RubberDucks. The Cats won 3 to 1. T.J. Zeuch walked 4 and struck out 4 over 6.0IP, allowing one run on 4-hits. New Hampshire’s #9 hitter, Forrest Wall, went 2-for-4 with a double and 2-RBI.
September 12th: Jon Harris for NH in game 2. Harris allowed one run over 6.1IP, striking out 7 and walking none. The offense exploded for 6 runs and the bullpen pitched 2.2 innings of one-hit relief. Jon Berti drove in a pair of runs with Biggio and Santiago Espinal chipping in with an RBI each. Fisher Cats take a 2-0 series lead.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Akron Rubber Ducks
The Fisher Cats won 8 to 5 to take the EL championship 3 game to none.
HR- Cavan Biggio (1)
SB- Jon Berti(2), Bo Bichette (2), and Santiago Espinal (2)
Starter- Jordan Romano 4.1 IP, 6-H, 3-R, 0-BB, 5-K on 78 pitches.
Danny Young 2.0 IP, 1-H. 1-R, 2-K on 23 pitches
Kirby Snead 0.2 IP, 1-H, 1-BB on 15 pitches
Dusty Isaacs 1.0 IP, 0-H, 1-K on 17 pitches
Travis Bergen 1.0IP, 1-H, 1-R on 12 pitches
W- Young (1-0, 2.70 ERA)
The Fisher Cats opened the scoring in the 2nd inning. Biggio walked and scored the games first run on a Cantwell (1) double. Cantwell advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch and scored on a Joshua Palacios sac fly to right field. Espinal walked but was caught stealing as Gunnar Heidt struck out in what looked like a hit-run attempt.
NH struck for two more runs in the 3rd inning. Forrest Wall walked to open the bottom the 3rd. Jon Berti advanced the runner with a single. Some poor defensive execution on a Bo Bichette groundball resulting in an error allowed Wall to come around and score. NH 3 to 2. Berti advanced to 3rd on the play and Harold Ramirez brought him home with a sac fly. NH 4 to 2.
Another 2-runs in the bottom of the 4th for the Fisher Cats pushed the lead to 6 to 2. Espinal reached on error and Wall drew a 2-out 4-pitch wall. Espinal and Wall advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch. Jon Berti jumped 1-0 pitch down the heart of the plate for a 2-run single. Berti stole 2nd base. Bo Bichette singled Berti over to 3rd base, then stole second but Ramirez struck out to end the threat.
The Fisher Cats keep their foot on the RubberDuck’s throat with a run in the 5th inning to push the lead to 7 to 3 courtesy of Biggio’s first HR of the series.
New Hampshire added one more run in the 6th to give the Cats an 8 to 3 lead. Berti reached on a 1-out single and scored on a Harold Ramirez double.
Arkon scored singles in the 7th and 9th inning but the Cats bullpen held on for the win and the championship.
— Dan Mason (@LearnBaseball) September 15, 2018
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