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Friday, April 29, 2005

Fisher Cats update

Last year's Eastern League champions, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, stand in 3rd place at the moment, with a 10-10 record, 4 games back of the Portland Sea Dogs.

Joshua Banks, a right-handed pitcher for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, is the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 24th. In a pair of starts last week, the 22-year old went 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and a 1.32 ERA. His ERA for the year in 4 starts is 1.40, and his record 3-0. In his first start of the week the 6'3", 195 lb. hurler gave up one run on three hits while striking out six batters in 6.2 innings of work to pick up a win against the Harrisburg Senators at Commerce Bank Park. The Arnold, Maryland native was equally impressive in his second start of the week, striking out eight batters and giving up just one run on two hits in seven innings of work against Binghamton at Fisher Cats Ballpark. Banks is a second-round pick by Toronto in the June 2003 draft out of Florida International University.

So far, on the offensive side, no one is killing the ball. Outfielder Maikel Jova leads the team with .279 average, followed by infielder Vito Chiaravalotti at .276 and second baseman Carlo Cota at .257. Cota is the slugging leader at .414, followed by Chiaravallotti at .379 and catcher Erik Kratz at .375.

The team has drawn just under 39,000 fans to their 12 home games, for an average of 3,249 per game, but the weather up here has been miserable for a lot of the spring and attendance at the brand new ballpark in Manchester will pick up once spring actually arrives up here, sans all the rain and the cold air.