HARRISBURG, Pa., April 9 – Infielder Colton Welker is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system. Welker hit his first Eastern League home run on Tuesday night but it wasn’t enough as the Harrisburg Senators beat the Hartford Yard Goats, 7-3.
Hartford shortstop Alan Trejo had three hits (3-for-4) including a double and drove in two runs for the Yard Goats, who have won just one of their first six games of the season.
Harrisburg, the San Francisco Giants Double A affiliate, ripped 14 hits off Yard Goat pitching to improve to 5-1 on the season. Pitcher Ben Braymer went five innings for the Senators, allowing just two runs on four hits as he earned his first Eastern League victory.
The Senators took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning off Yard Goats starting pitcher Ashton Goudeau (0-1). Adrian Sanchez cranked a homer into the right field bleachers and Tres Barrera singled home Austin Davidson to put Harrisburg on top.
The Yard Goats came back with single runs in the second and third innings to tie the game at 2-2.
In the second inning, Hartford’s Tyler Nevin worked a leadoff walk, advanced to third base on Vince Fernandez’ double, and scored on Alen Trejo’s infield hit, making it a 2-1 game. In the third, Welker smashed his first Eastern League home run, a solo blast into the left field stands to tie the game at 2-2. The home run was off Senators starter Ben Braymer (1-0).
Harrisburg broke the tie with a three-run third inning. Austin Davidson and Drew Ward had back to back RBI doubles and Tres Barrera contributed with a run scoring single to make it 5-2 Senators. The Nationals affiliate scored a run in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Rhett Wiseman and it was a 6-2 game.
The Yard Goats wrap up their first road trip of the season and play the final contest of a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators at FNB Field on Wednesday afternoon at noon. The Yard Goats open the season at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford on Thursday against New Hampshire.