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Senators slip past Yard Goats for third win in four games

Yard Goats catcher Brian Serven hit his first double of the season and had two hits Sunday in Hartford’s 3-2 loss to Harrisburg.

HARTFORD, April 28 – Harrisburg’s Tyler Goeddel’s hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Senators to a 3-2 Eastern League win over the Hartford Yard Goats before a sellout crowd of 6,172 at Dunkin’ Donuts Park Sunday.

It was the third win in four days for the Senators (19-4) over the Yard Goats, who slip to 11-13 on the season.

The Senators jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a single by Luis Sardinas and a triple by Drew Ward off of Yard Goats starting pitcher Brandon Gold, who pitched five innings. Hartford, which managed just four hits against four pitchers, loaded the bases in the fourth inning on walks off starter Wil Crowe.  A fly out by Brian Serven ended the threat.

The Yard Goats rallied with two outs in the seventh against Harrisburg reliever Joan Baez.  Back-to-back doubles by Serven and Colton Welker and a throwing error by Baez on a come backer by Manny Melendez put two runs on the board.

Harrisburg used former Washington Nationals pitcher Aaron Barrett to retire the side in order in the ninth to nail down his fourth save of the season.

Serven led the Hartford attack with two hits and a run scored. Goeddel had three hits, including a two-run, opposite field homer into the upper deck in right to pace the Senators.

It was the fifth sellout crowd in 10 dates for the Yard Goats, the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

On Saturday, Hartford split with Harrisburg in a doubleheader. In the opener, Hartford hurler Jack Wynkoop turned in the third complete game of his career, going seven innings in a 6-2 win. The left-hander pitcher allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

Welker led Hartford’s 10-hit attack with three hits, a RBI and a run scored. Ryan Metzler homered and singled and Manny Melendez added two singles and a stolen base of home, as Hartford defeated Harrisburg for the first time in five games this season.

Harrisburg won game two, 3-0 as Senators pitchers Mario Sanchez and closer James Bourque held Hartford to just four hits. Sanchez went six innings and fanned six.

Three of Hartford’s four hits were doubles but the Yard Goats couldn’t drive any of the runners home. Melendez, Welker and Metzler each reached him for doubles.

A three-game series with the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox begins on Monday night.

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