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On Baseball: Fisher Cats' McGuire responding nicely
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats starting pitcher struggled to a 5-15 record with an ERA of 5.88 in his first full season of Double-A baseball a year ago.
"Last year was tough as everybody knows. (This year) was a chance to come in fresh for a new season and build off the way last year finished," McGuire said prior to Thursday night's regular-season home finale against Portland. "This year, all year long it's been finding a comfort zone over the course of my 25, 26 starts."
"It's been going well. It's been a culmination of everything we've worked on all year long," McGuire said. "It's been a nice stretch to finish up the year."
"He's gotten ahead (in the count) better. He's pitched down in the zone better and he's mixed his pitches very well," Allenson said. "It's one those things where you mix it up, not always throwing a fastball on a fastball count, good things happen and that's what he's done."
"I thought it was a really good year. I know numbers lie a lot," he said. "There are times this year where they weren't where I wanted them to be, but all in all, it's been a good year."
"That was the biggest learning part of last year. It was trying to find consistency within an outing," McGuire said. "This year, whether I have five good innings and one bad pitch in the sixth or whatever, just keep going. If you make one bad pitch in a start and it happens to beat you then there's not a whole lot you can do about it. It's learning to understand the game and learning to accept the process and keep building."
In other moves, catcher Jack Murphy was called up to Triple-A Buffalo and a pair of Single-A players from Dunedin (catcher Chris Schaeffer and outfielder Jonathan Jones) were shipped to New Hampshire. Jones was in the starting lineup Thursday night.