Yard Goats Beat Former Major League Pitcher for Second Straight Victory
Manchester, NH - The Hartford Yard Goats (2-6) used a four-run fifth inning to break a tie and defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (6-2) by the score of 8-5 on Friday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was the home opener for the Fisher Cats who celebrated their 15th season in the Eastern League. Dom Nunez drove in three runs, Garrett Hampson added three hits and scored twice and Jesus Tinoco pitched five innings for his first win. The eight runs and 11 hits were both season highs for the Yard Goats who have won consecutive games for the first time. Fisher Cats starter Nick Tepesch, who has made 44 Major League starts (Rangers, Dodgers, Twins), was tagged with the loss.
The Yard Goats scored twice in the first inning off Nick Tepesch. Garrett Hampson led off the game with a double and went to third base on a bunt single by Yonathan Daza. Hampson scored on a grounder by Brendan Rodgers to give Hartford a 1-0 lead. Later in the frame, Dom Nunez drove in Rodgers with a solid single to right field to make it 2-0 Hartford. The Yard Goats added a run in the second inning on Hampson's RBI single, scoring Bobby Wernes and it was 3-0 Yard Goats.
The Fisher Cats tied the game with a run in the second inning and two in the third off Hartford starter Jesus Tinoco. Max Pentecost got New Hampshire its first run on a home run to left field, his first of the season. The Fisher Cats tied the game in the third inning with three straight hits, including and RBI triple by Bo Bichette and RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The Yard Goats put together their most productive offense inning of the season in the fifth and scored four runs, knocking Fisher Cats starter Nick Tepesch out the game. Brian Mundell, Sam Hilliard and Mylz Jones each drove in runs to make it 7-3 Yard Goats after five innings. New Hampshire scored twice in the sixth off reliever Jason Garcia to pull within two runs at 7-5. Dom Nunez singled home Brendan Rodgers in the seventh inning to make it 8-5, his third RBI of the game.
The Yard Goats continue their two-city seven game road trip and play the second of a 3-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Saturday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Peter Lambert will start for Hartford while RHP Sean Reid-Foley will counter for New Hampshire. The game will be broadcast on AM 1410 WPOP and streamed on newsradio.1410.com and MiLB.com.
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