Top-pick McGuire hurls Fisher Cats to victory
MANCHESTER — Deck dealt.
Toronto's first-round draft pick of 2010, Deck McGuire, allowed only one hit and pitched the Fisher Cats to a 2-0 victory against the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday night.
The big righty, a former ACC Pitcher of the Year at Georgia Tech, outdueled Mets prospect Zack Wheeler on another pleasant night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. McGuire had three strikeouts through 6 2/3 innings, walking three, as New Hampshire (5-8) wrapped up the homestand on a much-needed positive note.
From the second inning through the sixth, McGuire retired 14 of 15 Mets, allowing only a walk to Eric Campbell. The 22-year-old McGuire, who stands 6-foot-6, took full advantage of his large frame and higher-than-average arm slot. That's what the Blue Jays have been looking for, Fisher Cats pitching coach Tom Signore said.
';When he gets on top of the ball, and you see him throwing on a downward plane, he's going to have a good day,'; Signore said.
Kevin Howard doubled home Mike McDade (2-for-3) in the fourth inning, tagging Wheeler (0-2) with his lone run. Wheeler (0-2) struck out eight and allowed three hits through six innings.
McGuire (1-2) kept it a 1-0 game, handing the ball to reliever Clint Everts in the seventh. The Fisher Cats collected only four hits all night but plated another run in the eighth on Ryan Goins' gap-liner, scoring John Tolisano. Everts proceeded to fan four, and Ron Uviedo worked the ninth to notch his fourth save.
New Hampshire opens a four-game series at New Britain on Thursday as lefty Brett Cecil (0-2, 6.94 ERA) makes his third start for the Fisher Cats. Southpaw Logan Darnell (2-0, 0.90 ERA) goes for his third straight win for the Rock Cats.