Fisher Cats bust out, beat Baysox
Make that four wins in a row for the Fisher Cats.
Jonathan Jones paced a 13-hit attack with three and Ryan Schimpf clouted his 11th homer of the season to lead surging New Hampshire to a 10-2 Eastern League thumping of Bowie before 6,845 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday night.
New Hampshire (22-35) has allowed just three runs during its winning streak and got another outstanding effort from its pitching staff.
Starter and winning pitcher Aaron Sanchez (2-4) allowed five hits, two runs and two walks on 84 pitches, 50 for strikes. He whiffed seven batters. John Anderson relieved Sanchez for three hitless innings, allowing one walk with four strikeouts. Arik Sikula mopped up the ninth frame, striking out the side. New Hampshire pitching accounted for 14. They had 37 strikeouts over the weekend in a three-game road sweep of Altoona.
On the offensive side, Jon Berti, Schimpf, Hector Gimenez and Andy Burns each had two hits.
New Hampshire erased an 2-0 deficit with six runs in the third inning. Jones singled to start the rally and rumbled home on a one-out triple by Berti. Schimpf doubled home Berti to tie the game and, after a wild pitch, Gimenez plated Schimpf with the go-ahead run on a single to center.
The fun continued when Burns reached on a single, setting the table for Nashua native Kevin Nolan, who delivered two more runs with a double to left. Mike Crouse completed the scoring spree in the inning with an RBI single.
Dead last in team hitting (.224), hits (423) and 11th in runs scored in the Eastern League, New Hampshire piled on four more runs off reliever Fabio Castillo in the seventh inning, turning the game into a rare rout.
Schimpf, who ranks third in homers in club history, belted his 11th homer to right to begin the frame. After Gimenez doubled and Burns singled, a throwing error by Bowie catcher Michael Ohlman plated Burns after Gimenez was out on a fielder’s choice at the plate. Later in the inning Crouse plated a run with a groundout and Jones doubled home Nolan, who had walked, to complete the onslaught.
Today at 10:35 a.m., the Fisher Cats look for their fifth straight win behind righthander Scott Copeland (4-5, 4.47).