HARTFORD, August 4 – Alan Trejo had four hits, including a team-leading 14th home run, and drove in four runs to lead the Hartford Yard Goats to a 13-7 Eastern League win over the Trenton Thunder on Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
Hartford (56-54, 19-24 second half) had a 15-hit attack to beat the Thunder, the New York Yankees’ Double A affiliate for the second straight day. The Yard Goats, who had lost seven straight at home before Saturday night’s win, took two of three games from the Thunder and won their second straight series.
Yard Goats hurler Matt Dennis (3-2) was the beneficiary of the offensive onslaught, but he also turned in his third quality start in his last four outings. The right-hander permitted one run in six innings of work, scattering four hits. He walked three and struck out three.
Hartford sent eight men to the plate in the first inning and took a 3-0 lead against the Yankees highly-touted pitching prospect Michael King, who was making his second AA start. The right-hander, ranked as the No. 5 best prospect in the Yankees system, had been on the injured list with a stress fracture of his elbow. An RBI-single by Hartford’s Mylz Jones and two-run single by Chris Rabago gave the Yard Goats a three-run lead.
The Yard Goats scored four runs in the second, highlighted by Trejo’s two-run single. Hartford chased King with four runs in the fourth inning, led by Tyler Nevin’s opposite field, two-run homer into the upper deck in right-center. It was his seventh of the season. Trejo’s home run in the fifth closed out the scoring for the Yard Goats.
The Thunder produced some lightening of their own against the Hartford bullpen, with four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth. They scored their first run in the fourth on a tape-measure home run off Dennis by Isiah Gilliam, who pulled it out of Dunkin’ Donuts Park, over the right-field fence and onto Trumbull Street.
King, who fell to 0-1, allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in three innings plus.
Trejo (4-for-5) led the Hartford offense with a home run, two doubles, single and four RBI. Luis Castro reached base five times with three singles, a walk and hit-by-pitch. He scored four runs.
Max Burt and Hoy Jun Park each had two hits for Trenton.
The Yard Goats played before a sellout crowd – their 15th straight sellout. Following a day off on Monday, the Yard Goats will hit the road for a three-game series in Reading, starting on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.