MANCHESTER, N.H., April 11 – Hartford outfielder David Dahl may never get to play a game in Dunkin Donuts Park if he remains red hot with the bat. Dahl hit his third home run in the last four games to help the Hartford Yard Goats to a 4-1 Eastern League win over the Manchester Fisher Cats Monday afternoon.
Hartford (4-1) won for the fourth time in five games. Yard Goats starting pitcher Matt Flemer pitched six solid innings, retiring nine of the first 12 batters he faced before allowing a solo home run to New Hampshire’s Rowdy Tellez in the fourth inning. After that, Flemer retired the final eight batters he faced to earn the victory.
Trailing by one, Dahl’s home run over the right field fence tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Yard Goats are the home team. Due to construction of the new Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, the team is playing on the road until May 31. The Yard Goats will be the home team for games originally scheduled to be played in Hartford.
Hartford took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on Pat Valaika’s two-out RBI single. The Yard Goats added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Rosell Herrera’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning made it 3-1 and Correlle Prime’s first hit of the season, a booming double to left field, brought home Ryan McMahon to make it 4-1.
Berlin native Matt Carasiti faced just three batters and struck out two to earn his second save of the season and secure the victory.
Hartford returns to the field Tuesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Left-handed Kyle Freeland will get the start for Hartford. The game will be broadcast on WPOP-AM (1410).
Hartford 4, New Hampshire 1
New Hampshire (1-2) 000 100 000 — 1-6-2
Hartford (4-1) 000 110 00x — 4-6-2
WP: Flemer (1-0); LP: Berken (0-1): S: Carasiti (H) 2; HR: Tellez (NH) 1, Dahl (H) 3; A: 1,203