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Fisher Cats notch huge win against Bowie
Left-handed starting pitcher Sean Nolin got the Fisher Cats started.
Shortstop Kevin Nolan of Nashua took care of the late-game heroics with a run-scoring, walk-off single up the middle, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat the Bowie Baysox, 2-1, in 11 innings in front of a Splash Day crowd of 6,415 on Wednesday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
“We’ve kind of been struggling a little bit lately,” said Nolan. “Hopefully a win like this can turn us around and get us going.”
“I guess that’s pretty good, but it could have been all for naught if Kevin didn’t get that hit in the 11th inning,” said manager Gary Allenson.
Nolan — with a two-ball, two-strike count — hit a ground-ball single up the middle, easily scoring Burns.
“With two strikes, I was just trying to get the ball in play,” Nolan said. “They were playing a little in, but I got the barrel on it and hit it where they weren’t.”
Gustavo Chacin struck out 13 Binghamton Mets on Sept. 8, 2004, at Gill Stadium in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs to establish a team record that has lasted close to nine years.
His was the third 13-strikeout effort by a Fisher Cats starter in the last month.
Righty Marcus Stroman had the first two, at New Britain on July 7 and at Bowie on July 31.
“Second and third with nobody out,” said pitching coach Tom Signore. “When you pitch your way out of that, you have to have pretty good stuff.”
“He had a lot of life on his fastball,” Fisher Cats catcher Jack Murphy said of Nolin. “He was pitching up and down in the zone and finishing guys. He got out there and had everything going for him.”
“Sean was very good,” the coach said. “He has four quality pitches. But I’ll also tell you Jack does a heck of a job calling a game, too. Sometimes, I don’t think Jack and A.J. (Jimenez, Murphy’s fellow catcher) get enough credit for the games they call. They’re very good at that.”
“They were all exceptional today,” Signore said.
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