HARTFORD, May 30 – Shortstop Brendan Rodgers hit his team-leading 11th home run of the season Wednesday night but it wasn’t enough as the Hartford Yard Goats dropped their fifth straight game in a 6-3 Eastern League loss to the Harrisburg Senators before 5,935 at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
There were five home runs hit in the game – three by visiting Harrisburg – the National League affiliate of the Washington Senators. Adam-Brett Walker’s two-run blast into the left field seats in the eighth inning enabled the visitors to stretch a two-run lead to four, 6-2.
Rodgers had a home run, double and single for the Yard Goats (26-27) to pace Hartford’s nine-hit attack. Rodgers is hitting .286 with 11 home runs (fourth in the league) and 39 RBI (fourth in the EL). Hartford teammate Brian Mundell added two hits. The Yard Goats will try to get back on the winning track in a Thursday morning contest beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Hartford starting pitcher Jack Wynkoop turned in a solid outing over 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander surrendered three earned runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out a season-high seven. But he hasn’t won a game since May 9 and had dropped three consecutive starts.
The Senators jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Osvaldo Abreau in the top of the second inning.
But the Yard Goats cut the lead in half in the last of the second on a home run by Mylz Jones. Kelvin Gutierrez homered in the fourth to make it 3-1 Harrisburg, Brendan Rodgers’ 11th home run of the season in the sixth inning sliced the advantage to one, before Harrisburg (25-25) – winners of nine of 11 – broke the game open.
The game featured three players from Harrisburg on major league rehab from Washington. Outfielder Brian Goodwin went 0-for-4 and second baseman Daniel Murphy was 1-for-4 and committed an error, which led to an eighth inning unearned run on the record of reliever Matt Grace, also on rehab.