Leblebijian Ravages Reading Pitching in Debut

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Fisher Cats Rout Fightin Phils 8-0 Sunday Afternoon

READING, PENNSYLVANIA – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats rode a huge Double-A debut from Jason Leblebijian to victory Sunday afternoon, hammering the Reading Fightin Phils 8-0 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

The Fisher Cats (26-29) put up a five-run fifth inning and snapped out of a two-game stretch where they lost on walk-off hits. The Fightin Phils (38-19) snapped a five-game winning streak, and had no extra-base hits in the game. New Hampshire benefited from a big effort from Leblebijian, who contributed a single, a double, a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in the win.The Fisher Cats started the scoring for the third straight game with a big inning in the third against Reading starter John Richy (L, 2-2). Shane Opitz singled to lead off the frame, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Roemon Fields. Leblebijian drew a walk, and Rowdy Tellez singled, scoring Opitz and advancing Leblebijian to third base. Richy then hit Melky Mesa with a pitch, loading the bases for Dwight Smith, Jr. The outfielder worked his own walk, scoring Leblebijian from third and keeping the bases loaded.

Wilkin Castillo then rapped a double to deep right field, scoring Tellez and Mesa and chasing Richy from the game. Reliever Tom Windle allowed a sacrifice fly to center, plating Smith and putting New Hampshire in front 5-0.In the top of the fourth, the Fisher Cats kept the pressure on. Roemon Fields sliced a one-out double off of Windle, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Leblebijian then chopped a single over the drawn-in infield, scoring Fields and extending the lead to 6-0.Solo homers extended the edge for the Fisher Cats. In the top of the fifth frame, Wilkin Castillo blasted a home run to left off Windle, giving New Hampshire the 7-0 edge. In the top of the seventh, Leblebijian put a fastball from new reliever Reinier Roibal out of the park for a solo jack that made it 8-0 in favor of New Hampshire.Jason Berken made a fine spot start for New Hampshire, allowing only a single and a walk while fanning four in four innings.

Chris Smith worked around four hits in two shutout innings, striking out three. Matt Dermody (W, 1-0) earned the win with two perfect innings, whiffing two. Wil Browning gave up one hit and fired a wild pitch in one inning, striking out one to finish the game.The Fisher Cats will try to earn a series split Monday morning, with righty Jeremy Gabryszwski getting the start for New Hampshire against Reading righty Mark Leiter, Jr. First pitch is at 9:35 a.m., and Ben Gellman has the call starting at 9:15 a.m. on the WGIR Fisher Cats Radio Network.Sunday, June 12 is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium! We welcome members of the Law Enforcement Community to game with special recognitions and performances by the NHPA Pipes & Drums Band, local K9 officers and more. Fans will also be able to see law enforcement vehicles on display. The Fisher Cats will wear special Ollie jerseys on-field, and the jerseys will be auctioned off at the game to benefit MPAL, the Manchester Police Athletic League.

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