Fat Cats’ Losing Ways Continue.. No Runs in 2 Games

The last few weeks haven’t exactly gone the way of the Ottawa Fat Cats. The 6-game losing streak that the Cats were riding into this weekend is a good indicator of that. The last time that the Ottawa Fat Cats won a ball game, was the May 24th Doubleheader, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yeah, almost a month ago.

Going into this weekend, Ottawa Stadium was hosting the 11-3 Barrie Baycats, who have been tearing up the competition. It didn’t matter who threw what at the Baycats. They couldn’t be stopped.

That being said, most people would likely go ahead and assume that the Fat Cats didn’t really pose much of a threat to Barrie’s hot streak.

Those who assumed that, were right.

In Game 1 of the Doubleheader, the Baycats came out strong, scoring 5 runs in the first 3 innings on Ottawa’s fielding. Starting pitcher, Matt Hummell picked up the loss, allowing those 5 runs on 8 hits, while only pulling in 2 Strikeouts. On the other side of the mound, however, Brad Bissell was outstanding for Barrie. He only allowed two hits, in the 6 innings that he pitched, representing the 11-3 record that the Baycats boasted of very well.

Tyler Durward and Joel Richard were the relief pitchers for the Fat Cats, and combined, Ottawa’s pitching gave up 12 hits in the first game. Not an A+ performance, that’s for sure.

On the field, things continued to be dismal for the Fat Cats, and while only posting 3 errors on the score sheet, it looked much worse. Dan Baribeau, the 30-year-old that was brought in to replace the released catcher Marcel Levac, was mediocre this afternoon. He went 0-for-3 at the plate, and struggled to find his infielders, missing throws on pick-off attempts repeatedly.

Baribeau didn’t play ball in the IBL last season and I assume that it’s just rust. It also could be the lingering hex that the lady at the Atlanta Braves game put on our defense. Unfortunately, only time will tell.

The final score was a disappointing 6-0 loss for Ottawa.

The now 4-11 Ottawa Fat Cats, hoped to turn there misfortunes around, and send the crowd of 1,167 at Ottawa Stadium home happy. While things did get remotely better, the Fat Cats still couldn’t shrug away the talented Baycats. Former Ottawa Rapidz’ pitcher, Adam Hawes returned to his former home field, and pitched the whole game (7 innings) for Barrie, not allowing a single run, and only two hits.

The Fat Cats only managed 4 hits in the entire Doubleheader.

Matt McGovern took the 2-0 loss for Ottawa, pitching the majority of the game, only to be relieved by Mike Lynch in the Second half of the final inning. McGovern gave up the 2 runs on 8 hits, while Lynch pitched the final strikeout of the game. The second game was much closer than the first, and maybe if Cody Mombourquette wasn’t ejected from the game in the 6th inning for desputing a Jim Joyce-like umpire call, the Fat Cats would’ve pulled off the upset.

Next game, Sunday, is a rescheduled game from last weekend vs. the Kitchener Panthers. I bet the Panthers will be thrilled about traveling to Ottawa again..

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