Revenge of the Fisher Cats
After two big wins in Manchester, the B-Mets’ good fortune ran dry on Saturday. The Fisher Cats hit Darin Gorski for 9 runs on 10 hits before he made his exit with no outs in the top of the 5th. Kevin Mulvey, Brad Holt, and Robert Carson recorded the final 12 outs without giving up any more runs, but the B-Mets’ offense failed to get a runner past third despite several opportunities.
Now, there were some highlights in this game. For the second game in a row, Matt den Dekker had leadoff single in the first and reached on a HBP. He did the former on the first pitch, but it took two attempts to plunk him (the first resulted in a passed ball that sent Zapata from first to third, where he watched the rest of the inning unfold). The HBP accounted for 20% of the runners put on by Yohan Pino in an outstanding start for the Fisher Cats.
The game had its share of close plays and interesting moments, some of which went in the B-Mets’ favor. Pedro Zapata beat the throw on an infield single, Justin Jackson swung and missed so badly that he was lifted off the ground, Reese Havens applies a tag to end the 4th inning on a stolen base attempt, and Kevin Mulvey slides into first base to make the out.
Not everything turned out for the better though (understatement…). A throw to the plate didn’t make it in time to prevent one of the four runs in the 4th and the Fisher Cats wrapped up their scoring for the day with a three-run home run in the 5th.