HARTFORD, May 29 — The Hartford Yard Goat pitching staff dominated the visiting Portland Sea Dogs on Tuesday night, striking out 17 batters and allowing just two hits in a 4-2 Eastern League victory at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
Starting pitcher Rico Garcia struck out seven batters in five solid innings of work to earn his Eastern League-leading sixth win of the season. Reliever Logan Cozart struck out the side in his one inning of work while Alexander Guillen struck out four in two innings.
Hartford closer Ben Bowden struck out the side in the ninth inning for his EL-leading 16th save. He is 16-for-16 in save opportunities this season.
The Yard Goats (29-22) scored three times in the third inning off Sea Dogs lefty Darwinzon Hernandez, who was just optioned to the minors by the parent Boston Red Sox today.
Hartford’s Tyler Nevin ripped a two-run single and Colton Welker followed with an RBI hit for the 3-0 lead. Alan Trejo cracked an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning.
The Yard Goats have won five of their last six games to reach a season-high seven games above .500 for the second time.
The Sea Dogs made it a one-run game with a two-run homer by Josh Tobias in the fourth inning. The Yard Goats added a fourth run on Alan Trejo’s inside the park home run in the fifth for a 4-2 lead. Trejo hit a fly ball down the right field line and Portland outfielder Keith Curcio couldn’t reach it. He slipped on the play and Trejo never stopped running for the Yard Goats first inside the park home run since Max White on June 14, 2017 vs Trenton.
The Yard Goats continue the three-game series against the Sea Dogs on Wednesday night at 7:05.