New Hampshire Hardball

Sox prospects visit New Hampshire

MANCHESTER – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) will host the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox Double-A affiliate) for the last time in 2019 this weekend, with three games at Delta Dental Stadium (Friday/Saturday/Sunday).
The Fisher Cats (22-23) will have a chance to play spoiler in the Eastern Division playoff race, as Portland (27-26) is the closest team within striking distance of first-place Reading (32-22) in the second half. The Sea Dogs are 4.5 games back with 20 to play.
New Hampshire is scheduled to face two of the Red Sox most promising young farmhands, with No. 1 prospect Bryan Mata on the hill Friday night, and reigning Eastern League Player of the Month Daniel McGrath scheduled to start on Saturday. McGrath has allowed one earned run in the month of July, posting a 0.24 ERA in six starts (37 innings).
If not for McGrath, Fisher Cats SS Kevin Smith would have been the clear favorite for July Player of the Month, leading the Eastern League with eight HRs and ranking second with a .333 batting average and 18 RBIs in 20 games.

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