MANCHESTER — Austin Bibens-Dirkx threw seven solid innings to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to an 8-2 win over Richmond Tuesday night in front of 2,348 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Bibens-Dirkx improved to 5-2, scattering three hits and allowing one earned run in the win. Second baseman Jorge Flores, hitting in the No. 9 spot, had a big game with three hits and two RBIs. New Hampshire (59-63) and Richmond (68-54) play again tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Richmond took a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Skyler Stomsmoe singled to lead off the game and moved to second base on a passed ball. Kelby Tomlinson then moved him to third base with a bunt and Blake Miller drove him in with a groundout to shortstop.
The Fisher Cats took a 4-1 lead by posting four runs in the third. Flores stroked a one-out single and Jon Berti followed with a base hit. Kevin Nolan walked to load the bases and Melky Mesa drew another walk to tie the game at 1-1.
Andy Burns delivered a sacrifice fly to score Berti. K.C. Hobson, pinch-hitting for Mike McDade, hit a high fly into right that Stomsmoe had trouble tracking down. The ball went off his glove and allowed Nolan and Mesa to score to make it 4-1.
New Hampshire added to its lead in the fourth. Michael Crouse doubled and Flores followed by lacing a double down the third base line to score Crouse for a 5-1 lead. Richmond got one back in the fifth on a solo home run from Devin Harris to cut the lead to 5-2.
Mesa crushed a solo home run over the right field fence in the seventh to push the lead to 6-2. It was Mesa’s fourth of the season.
The Fisher Cats added two insurance runs in the eighth. Yusuf Carter drew a two-out walk and moved over when Crouse also reached on a walk. Flores then looped a single into center to score Carter to make it 7-2. Berti walked to load the bases and Nolan singled to score Crouse with the eighth run.
Reliever Dustin Antolin worked quiet seventh and eighth innings for New Hampshire and Richard Bleier threw a scoreless ninth to close out the win.