When Eric Thames drove in Darin Mastroianni with a single up the middle on Saturday night in Trenton, he did more than simply help his team inch towards first place in the Eastern League, he also made a little history. The single earned Thames his 82nd RBI on the year, besting the New Hampshire Fisher Cats franchise mark for RBI in a single season. The former record was set back in 2004 by John-Ford Griffin, who recently announced his retirement from the game back in June. With a little over a month to go in the season, Thames has a great chance at putting his newly obtained RBI record far out of reach for some time to come. At this point, he is also in line to chase down the single season home run record which was set in 2006 by Chip Cannon who had 27. Thames currently has 21 home runs.
Thames isn't the only Fisher Cat in line to break single season franchise records. Darin Mastroianni is hunting down a few records himself as he has, to this point, posted a .308 average (record is .308 set in 2005 by Rob Cosby), collected 121 hits (record is 143 set in 2004 by Dominic Rich) and stolen 35 bases (record is 42 set in 2004 by Tyrell Godwin). Shawn Cooper is also pecking at the home run mark and if he gets hot again, his 19 home runs heading into Sunday could sky-rocket in the blink of an eye.
On the pitching side of things Kyle Drabek wants a piece of history as well. Drabek's best chances will come with his 100 strikeouts (record is 145 set in 2005 by Josh Banks) and 130 innings pitched (record is 171 1/3 set in 2006 by Michael MacDonald). Drabek could also challenge the record of 16 wins set by Gustavo Chacin in 2004, but with 10 heading into Sunday, Drabek would need to have a near flawless August to pull that one off. Regardless, there is no doubt that these Fisher Cats are hungry for records and much more as the playoffs approach. We'll be sure to keep you posted on their pursuits.