Fisher Cats top Mets, Lugnuts fall to Silver Hawks

After two afternoon games yesterday, here’s a rundown of the other two Jays affiliates that were in action last night, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Lansing Lugnuts.

Highlights include strong pitching and an early home run in New Hampshire, and decent showings by Jake Marisnick and Canadian Marcus Knecht in Lansing.

Wins/Losses: 23-14 | Streak: W1 | 2nd in EAS Eastern (0.5 GB)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Binghamton Mets 1

After scoring six runs in the first two frames, the Fisher Cats coasted to an easy victory over the Binghamton Mets thanks to strong pitching.

Hitting:

Anthony Gose went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and is now hitting .382/.462/.471 over his last ten games. Mike McDade crushed a three-run homer in the first inning – his fifth of the season – to put the Fisher Cats up 3-0 early, and Darin Mastroianni continued to regain his form at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a double.

Adeiny Hechavarria also added a double, going 2-for-5 on the night. Virtually all of the offense came from the Fisher Cats’ top four in the batting order, as the 5-9 spots combined to go 1-for-19.

Pitching:

Starter Joel Carreno was dominant, limiting the Mets to just two hits and one earned run with eight strikeouts over 6.1 innings. He struggled with his control, hitting a batter and tying a season-high with five walks, but lowered his season ERA to 4.50 in his second straight quality start to earn just his second win of the season. He has issued at least two walks and struck out at least seven batters in each of his last four starts. 

Matt Daly, Mike Hinckley, and Yohan Pino combined to throw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. It was Pino’s first scoreless inning that he has thrown this season.

Notes:

  • Catcher Travis d’Arnaud drew an unbelievable four walks, doubling his season total in the process
  • Despite going 0-for-5, Moises Sierra added an RBI in the second inning, bringing his total to a team-high 26
Wins/Losses: 21-16 | Streak: L2 | 2nd in MID Eastern (2.0 GB)
South Bend Silver Hawks 7, Lansing Lugnuts 2

The Lugnuts committed two crucial errors in the second inning – including K.C. Hobson‘s seventh of the season – resulting in six-run frame that wound up being too much for them to recover from, losing to the Silver Hawks 7-2.

Hitting:

The Lugnuts offense managed just eight hits and two runs, both of which came in the top of the fourth inning, temporarily cutting the Silver Hawks’ lead to 6-2. Jake Marisnick doubled home Carlos Perez, who reached second base on a throwing error, and was later singled home by Kevin Nolan after reaching third base on a fielding error.

Michael Crouse, Nolan, and Marcus Knecht each went 2-for-4, and Knecht raised his average to .330 on the season. Normally the DH, Knecht also managed an outfield assist from left field.

Pitching:

Starter Casey Lawrence pitched his shortest outing of the season, facing 15 batters in only two innings of work, largely in part to his team’s two errors in the second inning. He finished with allowing six runs (one earned) on seven hits with a walk to take the loss, falling to 3-4 on the season.

Misaul Diaz came in in long relief, allowing one earned run, a solo home run, on four hits with four strikeouts in three innings. Marcus Walden and Scott Gracey combined to throw three perfect innings with two strikeouts apiece to close out the game.

Notes:

  • Marisnick’s double was his eighth of the season, giving him sole possession of the team lead
  • Carlos Perez was charged with his sixth passed ball of the season

-JM

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Topics: Anthony Gose, Casey Lawrence, Joel Carreno, Lansing Lugnuts, Marcus Knecht, New Hampshire Fisher Cats

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