Minor League Recap: K.C. Hobson swinging a hot bat

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats (3-1)

New Britain Rock Cats (1-3)

The Fisher Cats played a double-header due to their Opening Day being postponed. After dropping the first game 3-0, the Fisher Cats got their revenge by getting a strike out of their own, 4-0.

Game 1

At the Plate the Fisher Cats were held to 3 hits in a complete game (7IP) 3-0 shutout at the hands Shane Carle. 1B K.C. Hobson continues to swing a hot bat with a hit and 3B Kevin Nolan and RF Matt Newman chipped in with singles of their own. SS Shane Opitz, Hobson, CF Jon Berti, 3B Nolan each committed an error in the game.

On the mound Casey Lawrence maded his 27th start with the Fisher Cats, but feel to 9-11 for his NH career. Casey gave up 2ER, walked 2 and struck out 5, but he also gave up a solo shot in the 4th inning. Blake McFarland relieved Lawrence in the 7th inning and retired the only two batters he faced, punching out one of them.

Game 2

At the Plate SS Kevin Nolan drove in a pair and RF Matt Newman connected on his first home run. 3B Andy Burns and 2B Jorge Flores were the only Fisher Cats not to register a hit. DH K.C. Hobson swinging a hot bat in the season opening series collected his 2nd double.

On the mound 25-year-old Dustin Antolin made his first professional start, going 2.2IP with a hit, 3 BB, and 3K. He was followed by Greg Burke (W, 1-0) and Danny Barnes (S, 1) who pitched 2.1IP and 2.0IP respectively

Prospect watch: RP Dustin Antolin, a native of Mililani Hawaii and 2008 11th round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays. I mentioned him on today’s podcast and most likely butchered his last name…sorry Dustin, no disrespect. Dustin continues to put up solid career numbers and is entering his third season with NH. Last year he posted a 4-6 record with 3.38 ERA, 15 BB and 52K in 37IP.

Next game: NH TBA vs Reading Tom Windle