HARTFORD, April 14 – The Hartford Yard Goats haven’t had much of an issue hitting home runs at Dunkin’ Donuts Park this season. They’ve cleared the fence in Hartford in each game they’ve played so far this season.
Sunday was no different. Second baseman Alan Trejo had a two-run home run and a RBI single to lift the Hartford Yard Goats to a 3-2 Eastern League win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats before a crowd of 5,459 fans.
The Yard Goats, who lost 11 games to New Hampshire at Dunkin’ Donuts Park a year ago, took three of four from the Fisher Cats in this series.
Hartford received excellence support on the mound, too. Ashton Goudeau pitched six innings, giving up just one run scattering six hits and striking out three. Reliever Logan Cozart had a two-out save, retiring all six batters he faced and fanning two to earn his first save of the season.
New Hampshire (4-6) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Kacy Clemens, the son of former big league pitcher Roger Clemens.
The Yard Goats tied it in the third inning on Trejo’s RBI single then took the lead for good in the fifth inning on his home run down the left field line – his second of the season. Teammate Scott Burcham had opened the frame with a single.
In addition to Trejo, the 22-year old from Los Angeles, third baseman Colton Welker was 3-for-4 with three singles for the Yard Goats, the Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
The four-game weekend series with New Hampshire, the Double A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, attracted 22,297, the best start at the gate for the Yard Goats in their three seasons at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
The Yard Goats open a three-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) Monday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park at 7 p.m. Left-handed pitcher Jack Wynkoop gets the nod on the mound for Hartford, while Richmond will start right hander Brandon Beachy.
Hartford 3, New Hampshire 2
New Hampshire (4-6) 100 000 100 — 2-8-0
Hartford (4-7) 001 020 00x — 3-8-1
Sopko, McClelland (6), Baker (8) and Hissey; Goudreau, Griggs (7), Cozart (8) and Serven; WP: Goudreau 1-1, LP: Sopko 0-2; Save: Cozard (2)