HARTFORD, April 9 – The Hartford Yard Goats got their first lead of the season Monday night in an Eastern League contest with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Hartford’s Garrett Hampson was 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple.
But it wasn’t enough as the Yard Goats dropped their fifth straight game with a 5-2 loss before 3,707 fans at Dunkin’ Donuts Park Monday night. For the fifth game, Hartford had double digit strikeouts. On Monday night, they had a season-high 13 strikeouts.
It’s the worst start in franchise history since the New Britain Rock Cats started off 0-7 eight years ago in 2010.
Hampson led off the game with a triple in the bottom of the first inning and scored on a RBI ground ball by Omar Carrizales as the Yard Goats – the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies – took their first lead of the season.
Hampson, 23, a third round pick for the Rockies in the 2016 draft from Long Beach State, has a team-leading five hits after five games.
It was a short-lived lead as Richmond (3-2) scored two runs in the top of the second inning to go ahead for good on an RBI-double by Jonah Arenado – the younger brother of Rockies’ star Nolan Arenado – and run-scoring single by Ali Castillo to take a 2-1 lead.
An unearned run by Richmond made it 3-1 in the third inning, before a sacrifice fly from Hartford’s Ryan Metzler in the fifth inning cut the lead to one run, 3-2. Richmond added two more runs in the seventh inning for the win.
Hampson was 3-for-4 and paced Hartford’s seven-hit attack with a single, double and triple. Castillo had a single, triple and two RBI for Richmond.
Hartford’s Parker French, a right handed pitcher in his second season with the Yard Goats, allowed only three runs – two earned – in six innings, as he struck out five and walked one.
Richmond lefthander Garrett Williams retired 12 straight, after yielding the lead-off triple to Hampson and pitched five innings to record his first win in his Double-A debut.
Game two of the three-game series between the two teams begins on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
Richmond 5, Hartford 2
Richmond (3-2) 021 000 020 — 5-9-2
Hartford (0-5) 100 010 000 — 2-7-2
Garrett Williams, Mike Connolly (6), Caleb Simspon (9) and Aramis Garcia; Parker French, Jason Garcia (7), Scott Griggs (8) and Chris Rabago; WP: Williams (1-0); LP: French (0-1); H: Connolly (1); Save: Simpson (1); 2B: Garrett Hampson (H), Jonah Arenado (Ri); 3B: Hampson (H), Ali Castrillo (Ri); A – 3707