MANCHESTER, N.H., April 14 – It was cold at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on Saturday night. When the Eastern League game between the Hartford Yard Goats and the host Manchester Fisher Cats began, it was 39 degrees with an 11 mph wind blowing through the stadium.
The Yard Goats bats were just as cold. New Hampshire pitcher Sean Reid Foley retired the first 16 Hartford batters to come to the plate and had a perfect game going for 5 1/3 innings. The Fisher Cats limited Hartford to just six hits and beat the Yard Goats for the fifth time in six meetings in 2018 in a 5-2 defeat.
Reid-Foley (2-0) pitched 6 1/3 innings and scattered five hits. He struck out three and walked just one. His no-hit bid was broken up in the sixth inning by Hartford third baseman Mylz Jones in the sixth inning.
The Fisher Cats (7-2) scored three runs in the third inning off Hartford starter Peter Lambert to take a 3-0 lead. The right hander, who walked two batters in the third inning, allowed a two-run single to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., for the early lead. Guerrero’s 12 RBIs leads the Eastern League.
The Yard Goats (2-7) got on the board with a run in the sixth inning on Yonathan Daza’s RBI single scoring Jones to make it 3-1. Hartford scored again in the seventh inning to make it a one-run game. After a leadoff double by Brian Mundell, Dom Nunez knocked him in on an RBI single and it was 3-2.
Jones was 2-for-3 with a double for Hartford. Yard Goats starting pitcher Peter Lambert lasted just three innings, giving up three runs. He walked three and struck out two.
However, the Fisher Cats scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-2 edge.
UPDATE: Sunday afternoon’s game between the Fisher Cats and Yard Goats has been postponed due to icy field and stadium conditions. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, May 26 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
New Hampshire 5, Hartford 2
At Manchester, N.H.
Hartford (2-7) 000 001 100 – 2-6-0
New Hampshire (7-2) 003 000 20x – 5-9-0
Peter Lambert, Mitch Horacek (4), Scott Griggs (6), Max Schuh (7), Marc Magliaro (7) and Chris Rabago; Sean Reid-Foley, Conor Fisk (7) and Patrick Cantwell; WP: Reid-Foley (2-0); LP: Lambert (0-1); Save: Fisk 2