Hitapalooza in New Hampshire

Sunday, June 20 2021 @ 08:33 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

The Fisher Cats racked up 22 hits in their game. Austin Martin, Samad Taylor and Vinny Capra led the hitters. Elvis was in the building. Buffalo won as did Dunedin. Naswell Paulino pitched well. Vancouver were the only losers on Saturday.

Buffalo 8 Rochester 6

Hartford 2 New Hampshire 15

Everett 12 Vancouver 4

Clearwater 4 Dunedin 9

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

The Bisons scored eight runs on eight hits. Richard Urena had three hits and three RBI. Cullen Large drove in two runs. Kevin Smith went 1-3 with a walk and I note that he has passed Christian Colon for the team lead in OPS. Smith's OPS is at 985.

Connor Overton made the start and went five innings with three runs on his record. His ERA is 1.52 and you wonder where he, and the other "older" pitchers, rank in their chances of getting a call-up.

With 22 hits, it would be easier to list who didn't get a hit for the Fisher Cats, "cough" Jordan Groshans, "cough". Austin Martin led the way with five hits. Martin has improved from May to June, his OPS has gone from 731 to 908 and his strikeout rate has dropped from over 30% to just over 20%. Thre of Martins hits were ground balls pulled through the left side. One was a slashed line drive down the right field line and the last was a drive to deep right centre field. Martin is more of an all field hitter, he hasn't shown big power, at least not yet.

Samad Taylor had four hits to boost his average to .324, Vinny Capra also had four hits and is hitting .396. Taylor, like Martin, drove in four runs. Gabriel Moreno hit the only home run, one of his two hits, Otto Lopez had three hits.

Elvis Luciano made his first start in almost a month. He was on a pitch count and just threw 1.2 innings. Maximo Castillo went six innings for the win.

The C's used four pitchers, three gave up multiple runs. The starter was Sam Ryan who hasn't fared well in the starters role. Justin Maese gave up three runs and his ERA is now up to 5.40. This was his third straight appearance where he allowed three runs.

The C's had just six hits, Cameron Eden had half of them going 3-4 and scoring twice.

A six run sixth was just the ticket for the D Jays. Harrison Ray had three hits and four RBI out of the lead-off spot. Mac Mueller and Miguel Hiraldo each had two hits.

Naswell Paulino pitched well, his third consecutive good start. In his last three starts Paulino had thrown 16 innings with just five hits allowed. He has walked seven and struck out seventeen. In this game he went six innings with just two hits allowed.

Three Stars

Third Star - Naswell Paulino

Second Star - Samad Taylor

First Star - Austin Martin