Jeremy Gabryszwski picked up his first career Double A victory on Tuesday night to lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats past the Portland Sea Dogs, 8-1. Roemon Fields picked up four hits for the second time this week and stole home in the victory.
“I let that roll if it wants to,” Gabryszwski said about getting the win. “I just go out there and try to get a good start. Getting deep into the game is a starter’s prerogative. I was trying to keep my pitch count down, and honestly I was trying to work on fastball command since it was so bad last time. I felt like I did a good job of that.”
The Fisher Cats offense broke out in the first inning when Fields reached base on a single to lead off the inning, and Buttrey attempted the pick-off at first. Portland first baseman Tim Roberson couldn’t make the play, and was charged with an error as Fields advanced to third base.
“Just putting work in the cages,” Fields said. “I’ve had ups and downs. Just trying to swing at better pitches. I haven’t really looked at the numbers, because if you look at them, you’re hitting well, you’re on top of the world. You’re hitting bad, and you’re down on yourself. It’s a long season.”
Jon Berti drove in his tenth run of the season with a ground ball to second base as Fields scored. New Hampshire was one-hit on Sunday, but have now scored in the first inning in two straight games.
The bottom of the fourth inning saw yet another error from Rijo to extend the frame. It allowed Ian Parmley to come to the plate, and he drove in Rowdy Tellez on a hard hit single to center field.
Tzu-Wei Lin lined a double down the third base line past a diving Matt Dean to plate Rijo in the top of the fifth inning. Rijo had doubled to lead off the inning in one of the hardest hit balls of of Gabryszwski on the night. Lin’s RBI came after he ended the previous half inning with a solid back handed play and throw to first to end the Fisher Cats scoring opportunity.
New Hampshire got that run back quickly in the bottom half of the frame after hits from Fields and Berti. On a double steal, Fields stole home for the first Fisher Cats steal of home since Brian Bocock did it in July of 2012.
“Be sure,” Fields said about the difference between stealing home and any other base. “If they throw it, don’t hesitate. Just go.”
The Fisher Cats extended the lead to 4-1 when Matt Dean grounded to shortstop with the infield in, and Berti scored from third base, barely beating out the throw from Lin.
Tellez’s team-leading fourth home run broke the game wide open for the Fisher Cats as he crushed a changeup over the right field fence to give New Hampshire a 6-1 advantage.
Dwight Smith Jr. drove in a run for the second straight day, as his single to right field drove in Fields to extend the lead to 7-1. Dean picked up his second RBI of the night with a single to center to drive in Smith.
Gabryszwski pitched six innings of one run ball, allowing five hits and getting five strikeouts. His ERA dropped to 3.12 in one of his better outings of the year.
“Command of the fastball,” Gabryszwski said was the key to his start. “Last game I was spotty with command. Tonight I had command a lot. I was in the strike zone. Breaking ball was a little short of the plate, but when I needed to get it there and get a strikeout I could, changeup was really good tonight.”
The win for New Hampshire gave the Fisher Cats a guarantee of a series win.
“It’s fantastic when the guys can get the bats going.,” Gabryszwski said. “A couple errors on the other team’s part helped us out, but it was a good win.”