RICHMOND, Va. – The Hartford Yard Goats won’t go undefeated in their debut season in the Eastern League. But the Goats are off to a strong start. Hartford split a doubleheader with Richmond Saturday to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Hartford (3-1) won the first game, 5-1, before dropping the second contest, 4-0, to the Flying Squirrels, the Class AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
In the opener, Hartford starting pitcher Antonia Senzatela hurled six strong innings to earn the win. The hard throwing right-hander allowed struck out six and walked just one. He gave up just a run, a solo homer to Richmond’s Ricky Oropesa, and three hits.
The Yard Goats took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on David Dahl’s second home run in two days. After back-to-back walks to Raimel Tapia and Pat Valaika, Dahl ripped a shot over the right-center field fence.
In game two, Richmond hurler Dan Slania gave up just one hit – a pinch-hit single to Hartford’s Dillon Thomas in the fifth inning. Richmond took a 3-0 lead in the first inning off starter German Marquez. The bases were loaded thanks to an error, single and walk. All three scored when Ryder Jones looped a popup to short left field that hit the turf.
Hartford is off Sunday and returns to the field Monday with a 4:05 p.m. contest in New Hampshire against the Fisher Cats, a Toronto affiliate. Pitcher Matt Flemer will get the start for Hartford, a Colorado affiliate. You can hear the game on WPOP-AM (1410).