The Other Manny

Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 07:06 AM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

No one is rooting for him, but Manny Mayorson led the Fisher Cats to victory with the big hit.  The farm affiliates were a perfect 2-0 on the night.

Syracuse @ Buffalo, ppd. rain

Binghamton 5 @ New Hampshire 7

When you're hot, you're hot, and the Fisher Cats are hot.  Last night, it was the lesser lights who shone.  Manny Mayorson tripled, singled and drew 2 walks, including what may be the first intentional walk of his career, to lead the Cat offence, and Aaron Mathews, David Smith and John Schneider played key supporting roles.  The Cats trailed 5-4 after 5 innings, but doubles from Mathews (.367/.446/.551 on the season) and Schneider in the sixth tied the score, and Mayorson's RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth was the game-winner.  Jo Matumoto pitched 1.2 perfect innings for the win.  He has now thrown 9.1 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk wiht 7 strikeouts. The 36 year old lefty "rookie" is ready for promotion any time. Jean Machi earned the save.  Mike MacDonald started and gave up all 5 B-Met runs in the first 3 innings, but was victimized by 3 Cat miscues.  He held on to throw 6.1 innings, and allowed 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.  Robinson Diaz singled and doubled and drove in 3, while Chip Cannon's early season struggles continued as he went 1-5 and made 2 errors.  Sergio Santos took an 0-5, and struck out once.

The Cats have won 4 in a row and are now 10-5, but trail the Trenton Thunder by 3 games.

Kevin Gray Union Leader story on Mike MacDonald

Tampa 1 @ Dunedin 3

Orlando Trias threw 7 solid innings and Jacob Butler (.295/.419/.508 on the season including 11 walks and 7 strikeouts) hit his 3rd homer to lead the D-Jays to victory.  Trias shut out the little Yankees for six innings.  Butler opened the score with a 3rd inning solo shot.  The Jays added a couple more on a run-scoring double by Eric Nielsen and a David Corrente sacrifice fly in the sixth.  After Trias (7 innings, 1 earned run, 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts) faltered in the seventh, Kristian Bell and Conor Falkenbach came on to each hurl a scoreless frame to close out the win.  Cory Patton went 1-2 with 2 walks and threw out a baserunner, as did Adam Calderone. 

Lansing, scheduled day off

3 stars

3rd star- Jo Matumoto
2nd star- Orlando Trias
1st star- Manny Mayorson