Home run drought broken as Ottawa sweeps Burlington

Kevin Miller warming up for his Fat Cats debut

It appears that the Fat Cats are on a roll.

The Burlington Twins came to town this weekend looking to solidify their spot in the IBL playoffs by taking advantage of the recent struggles from Hamilton. Unfortunately for them, things didn’t go as planned.

Matt St Kitts was the man who one-hit the Fat Cats a couple weeks ago. The Twins showed that they weren’t fooling around by starting him for the first game of this series on Saturday night, but things didn’t go quite as St Kitts and manager Jeff Lounsbury had planned.

The Ottawa offense lit him up for 7 hits in 4 innings before Jordell Farquharson (new favorite name) came in to the game in relief.

It looked as though the first game of the series was going to be a pitcher’s duel with Ottawa starting Brandon Huffman, but Huffman was definitely the better of the two, no contest. He added 9 more Ks to his total strikeout count, which now totals 73, and shut out the Twins before being taken out in favor of Danny Desclouds.

At the dish, the Fat Cats were just as efficacious, driving in 11 runs on 15 hits. The stolen base total was very high for Ottawa as well, as Nelson and the Fat Cats coaches are doing a good job recognizing how easy it is to steal in this league (if Huffman can do it, anyone can).

Matt McGovern went 3/4—his average continues to climb as the season goes on and Jason Coker exploded for 3 RBIs.

Eitan Maoz had 2 RBIs on 2 hits as well. There was a commenter on my last post who was wondering where the Eitan love was. I suppose his play just slipped under my radar as some things do when I’m writing. There’s no question that him and his .394 batting average are among the best in the league. Maoz even showed a side of him that we haven’t seen during the Sunday DH, as he came about a foot away from a home run when his double hit the top of the wall.

Hopefully his great defense and his progression offensively continue to go in a positive direction. If they do, you better look out for this guy in the future.

However, it’s looking like the Fat Cats won’t have to turn to Maoz when looking for power. A few minutes before Saturday’s batting practice, the Fat Cats signed OF Kevin Miller. This guy is a giant—he towers over all other IBL players at 6’6” and 255 pounds.

His only at bat on Saturday proved to be a pivotal one, as he drove in 2 runs late in the game with a laser beam off the right field wall. I get the feeling that Miller is the power guy that we’ve been looking for. We’ll see how things turn out with him, but if this weekend is any indication, he will be.

He seems very mobile for a big guy as well. I saw him track down a couple fly balls in the outfield with impressive speed.

With all the hype over the new Kevin on the Fat Cats roster, the other Kevin must have felt left out. Kevin Dietrich took matters into his own hands during game 2 of the doubleheader. While the game was tied at 2 going into the Ottawa half of the 6th, Dietrich sent one flying to the outfield over the head of leftfielder Jamie Lekas and over the wall for a solo homer.

The play marks the first time that a Fat Cat has gone deep inside Ottawa Stadium in 400 days on the dot. How’s that for a streak breaker?

Taking all of these things into consideration, I likely don’t have to tell you that Ottawa had a very successful weekend. Including the results from yesterday’s games, the Fat Cats are 6 games back of the Brantford Red Sox for 1st place in the IBL and just 2 games back of the London Majors for 2nd.

Next weekend, the Fat Cats will have another marathon series to deal with, including 2 more games in one day as they travel to both Burlington and Guelph on Saturday. The Friday in Brantford will be a tough one as well, as the Sox have only lost one game as home all season.

 

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