HARTFORD, April 18 – Jaron Long pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the Harrisburg Senators rode a five-run third inning to a 9-2 Eastern League victory over the Hartford Yard Goats Tuesday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
The Yard Goats (3-9) suffered their sixth straight loss, before a crowd of 3,153. Long, the son of New York Mets hitting instructor Kevin Long, struck out five and walked one.
Less than one day after the two clubs played a marathon 5-hour, 35-minute game, won by the Senators in 13 innings, 16-14, order was seemingly restored as the two clubs were scoreless through two innings. However, Harrisburg (7-5) batted 10 men in the third inning and erupted for five runs, helped by a grand slam into the left centerfield seats by Mario Lisson.
The Washington Nationals affiliate put the contest away with two runs in the fourth. They closed out their scoring in the fifth on a two-run single by Andrew Stevenson, who went 5-for-5 on the night with two doubles.
Hartford’s offense was led by Max White, who had three hits, including a triple. The Yard Goats bullpen also did a fine job, as Troy Nieman retired nine of the 10 men he faced in three scoreless innings. Konnor Wade pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Game three of the series is Wednesday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. RH Yency Almonte will start for the Yard Goats against RH Erick Fedde for Harrisburg. Game time is 7 p.m. and the game can be heard on WPOP-AM 1410.
It was a long affair on Monday. When Ryan McMahon cleared the bases with a triple in the seventh inning, the Goats had their first-ever lead in their new ballpark, 5-4. Before the inning ended, Hartford was up 8-4. But Harrisburg responded.
The Senators scored seven runs in the eighth inning, with two outs and nobody on base, sending 13 men to the plate. A three-run homer by Yadiel Hernandez highlighted the frame. When Harrisburg scored a run in the ninth to make it 12-8 the game was seemingly over, but in many respects it was just beginning.
Hartford scored four runs in the last of the ninth inning, highlighted by McMahon’s three-run homer to right, which tied the game at 12-12.
The Senators ostensibly had the game won again, when pitcher Mark Blackmar, led off the top of the 12th inning with a home run. Harrisburg added an insurance run, but Blackmar failed to hold the lead, as the Goats tied it in the 12th on a two-run single by Josh Fuentes.
Alec Keller, who started the scoring for Harrisburg with a first inning home run, ended the scoring with a two-run double in the 13th.