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Yard Goats rally to beat Altoona and snap four-game losing streak

Hartford’s Alan Trejo his his 10th home run of the season Friday night in a 7-6 win over Altoona.

HARTFORD, June 21 — Vance Vizcaino’s two-run double in the eighth inning helped lead the Hartford Yard Goats to a come-from-behind 7-6 Eastern League victory over the Altoona Curve Friday night, before a sellout crowd of 6,658 at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

Down 6-5 entering the eighth inning against Altoona reliever Joel Cesar, the Yard Goats mounted their comeback with a runner at first base and two outs in the inning.
Hartford’s Manny Melendez stroked a single to center and Vizcaino followed with a two-run double off the base of the wall in right field.  It was the third hit of the game for Vizcaino, who had singled and his a home run in his previous plate appearances.
Logan Cozart, Hartford’s new closer with the promotion of Ben Bowden to Albuquerque, the Triple A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, recorded his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning, as Hartford snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Yard Goats fell behind, 6-5, in the see-saw battle on an RBI-double by Altoona’s Robbie Glendinning. The Curve had tied the game, 5-5, earlier on a Mitchell Tolman home run.  The Yard Goats bullpen then settled down, as Jordan Foley, Scott Griggs, Mitch Horacek and Cozart retired the last 14 Curve batters, including eight on strikeouts.
Vizcaino’s home run, double, single and three RBI paced the Yard Goats 11-hit attack.  Bret Boswell added a home run, single and had two runs scored.  Tyler Nevin had a double and single and Alan Trejo belted his 10th home run of the season.  Foley contributed a two-run double.
Bowden earned his promotion to Triple A by converting on 20-of-20 save opportunities this season. In 25 innings on the mound, he had a 1.05 ERA. Also promoted to Albuquerque was starting pitcher Rico Garcia, who was 8-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 13 starts.
It was the 20th sellout of the year in 34 dates.  Hartford, which has drawn 195,214 for the season, will reach the 1,000,000 mark in attendance, when the 648th fan passes through the gates Saturday night.  The lucky spectator will be showered with gifts.
Bligh Madris slugged a two-run homer and had a run-scoring single for Altoona.
Game two of the series is Saturday at 6:05 p.m at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Right handed pitcher Matt Dennis makes his debut for Hartford.  RHP Pedro Vasquez goes for Altoona.  The game will be broadcast on WPOP-AM (1410), on 100.9 FM and in Spanish on 1120 AM.

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