MANCHESTER, N.H., April 19 — The Hartford Yard Goats scored two runs in the ninth inning and came from behind to defeat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4-3 on Friday night in Eastern League action at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Hartford shortstop Scott Burcham ripped a two run double in the ninth inning, scoring Willie Abreu and Brian Serven, and lifting the Yard Goats (7-9) to their fifth win in seven games.
Yard Goats starting pitcher Ashton Goudeau fired five scoreless innings and had five strikeouts as Harford carried a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. Third baseman Bret Boswell had three hits and drove in a run for the Yard Goats, who can win their third straight series with a victory tomorrow night.
Hartford took a 2-0 lead when they scored a pair of runs off Fisher Cats starting pitcher Andrew Sopko in the third inning. Manny Melendez walked and then scored all the way from first base on a double by Bret Boswell, who hit a rocket over left fielder Nash Knight’s head, giving Hartford a 1-0 lead. Alan Trejo then reached on a throwing error by shortstop Kevin Smith to put runners at the corners. Colton Welker followed with a run-scoring single, scoring Boswell and made it 2-0.
The Fisher Cats, who were held scoreless over the first seven innings made their move against the Yard Goats bullpen in the eighth inning. New Hampshire (7-8) began the inning with a walk followed by a two base error. Former Yard Goat Forrest Wall then cracked a game tying two RBI single into right field. Later in the inning, Kevin Smith squeezed in the go-ahead run with a nice bunt.
However, the Yard Goats rallied in the top of the ninth inning. Abreu walked and Serven was hit by a pitch. Then, Burcham smashed a double into the left field corner scoring both runners and giving the Yard Goats a 4-3 lead. Lefty Ben Bowden closed out the bottom of the ninth to earn his fourth save.
The Yard Goats play the rubber game of a three game series against the Fisher Cats on Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. in New Hampshire.