After a splitting a six game road trip last week the Fisher Cats returned home Tuesday to start a six game homestand. They needed another comeback win last night to take two of three from the Akron Aeros. Now, they’ll look to sweep the Erie SeaWolves this weekend. They swept the SeaWolves last weekend in Erie and they’ll be shooting to return the favor against New Hampshire this weekend.
The Fisher Cats win last night was their twentieth come from behind victory already this season. They head into the weekend with the Eastern League’s third best record at 41-26, where as Erie comes to town with the next to worst record of 28-37. The Trenton Thunder are still holding onto first place in the Eastern Division just a half game in front of New Hampshire. The Thunder are on the road this weekend against the 32-34 Binghamton Mets.
On Sunday, twenty-nine year old B.J. LaMura will make his third start on the season. LaMura made an emergency start Tuesday night against Akron and turned in a solid outing. He went five innings giving up just one run on five hits and a walk. LaMura did serve up a homer but he also struckout five batters. He’s pitched 14 2/3 innings in three starts striking out 14 while only walking three with a 2.45 ERA.
LaMura will take the mound again because Randy Boone is still injured and Luis Perez was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. Perez becomes the fifth Fisher Cat sent up to Vegas so far on the season. Perez struggled a bit after a hot start and leaves New Hampshire with a 4.54 ERA. He struckout six batter per nine innings and struggled with his control walking 4.5 batters per nine innings. Had Boone not been injured the promotion almost surely would’ve been his.
Since a rough outing on June 1st, Tim Collins has been untouchable in his last six outings. He’s given up just two hits and one walk in those six appearances covering eight innings. In that time he’s set down thirteen batters with a strikeout and picked up a pair of saves.
Not content with his Player of the Week Award from earlier in the month, Shawn Bowman is making a bid to pick up another one this week. In the series against Akron, Bowman went five for twelve with a pair of homers and a double. He scored four runs and drove in seven. By hitting safely in all three games he ran his hitting streak to seven games. He’s hit .379 during the streak with three homers and four doubles. Bowman is ready for a shot at Triple-A.
Lastly, the Fisher Cats announced they will be hosting the 2011 Eastern League All-Star game for the second time in the club’s history.