The Jays have to like what they’ve seen from off season acquisition Kyle Drabek in his last few starts. Facing Portland (Boston affiliate) and their ace Casey Kelly, he was able shut them down for his 5th win of the season, outlasting his highly rated opponent. It wasn’t an easy team to face offensively, as they have guys like Anthony Rizzo, Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin, and Jose Iglesias in the lineup.
Drabek’s line: 7 IP/ 6 hits/ 0 ER/ 0 BB/ 4 Ks/ 13 Ground Outs/ 3 Fly Outs
His ERA has thus been lowered to 3.06 on the year and he looks to be inching closer to a AAA promotion. Still, the Jays may decide to leave him in AA for a while longer so that he can build his confidence. After all, the Jays did promote both Brett Cecil and Marc Rzepczynski from AA to the majors last season, so the same may hold true for Kyle.
Kyle got some offensive support from the likes of Adam Calderon who hit his 6th HR of the season and had a 3 for 4 day. Shawn Bowman, Brad Emaus, and Adam Loewen all chipped in with a double each.
The New Hampshire Fishercats now sit at 24-12 on the year (.667) and have a 3.5 game lead over Trenton (NYY). and a 4 game lead over Portland (BOS). Ahhh, how nice it is to see that the future is as I call it – brighter for the Jays than for any of their division rivals! Time to turn the tables on the AL East bullies is coming up quickly, proven by the rankings in the Easter League!