HARTFORD, August 12 – The creative folks in the Hartford Yard Goats organization don’t let good ideas lie fallow. One of the reasons the team chose the primary colors of blue and green was in homage to the beloved Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League.
On Sunday night, the Yard Goats rolled out another tribute to a local Connecticut legend. The Yard Goats played the Bowie Baysox as the Hartford Steamed Cheeseburgers with specially-designed uniform jerseys and hats.
The steamed cheeseburger is believed to have been invented in Connecticut and Ted’s Restaurant, the Meriden-based restaurant which is famous for serving steamed cheeseburgers since 1959, was present at the Hartford Neighborhood Flavors Cart with their steamed cheeseburgers for fans to purchase.
While the fans may have enjoyed some steamed cheeseburgers, the rain shortened the fun for the sellout crowd of 6,850. Hartford lost the first game of a doubleheader to Bowie, 3-1. The game was called after a one hour rain delay in the top of the sixth inning. The second game was cancelled.
It was the 38th sellout crowd of the season for the Yard Goats and the tenth straight full house at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Hartford (53-63) has lost 13 of their last 17 games.
All the scoring in the game occurred in the first inning. Control problems plagued Hartford starting pitcher Ryan Castellani, as he walked four men, leading to three runs for the Baysox. Sacrifice flies by Aderlin Rodriguez and Rylan Bannon, along with an RBI-single by Anderson Feliz gave Bowie a 3-0 lead.
The “Steamed Cheeseburgers” came back in the first inning against Bowie southpaw Bruce Zimmerman, making his debut with the Orioles’ organization, after being acquired in a recent trade with Atlanta Braves organization.
A walk to Hartford’s Dom Nunez, a single by Roberto Ramos and a sacrifice fly by Drew Weeks, led to the Hartford run. Both starters settled down after the first, although Castellani was lifted with two outs in the fifth inning, because of an injury.
Castellani pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits. He walked five and struck out three. Sean Nolin relieved him and retired all four batters he faced, three on strike outs. In winning his Bowie debut, Zimmerman permitted one run on three hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Hartford leaves for Reading, Pennsylvania, to begin an eight-game road trip on Tuesday evening. The Yard Goats return home for the final homestand of the season on Wednesday, August 22 with a 7:05 p.m. start against Birmingham.