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Yard Goats pick up a pair of weekend victories over Bowie

Hartford’s Yonathan Daza was 4-for-5 this weekend with a home, two doubles and seven RBI in two Yard Goat victories.

BOWIE, Maryland, May 13 – Dom Nunez and Sam Hilliard had three hits each with Hilliard driving in three runs as the Hartford Yard Goats won their second straight game with a 9-4 Eastern League victory over the Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium.

The Yard Goats (21-15) split the four-game series in Maryland with the Baltimore Orioles’ Double A affiliate and have won 19 of their last 26 games.

Hartford’s Brendan Rodgers was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and drove in three RBI. Yard Goats starting pitcher Parker French went five innings and allowed just two runs to earn his first victory of the season.

Hartford took a quick 1-0 lead off Bowie starter Lucan Long. Nunez ripped a double down the right field line and later in the inning, Hilliard had a two-out single that scored Nunez for a 1-0 lead.

The Yard Goats added three runs in the third inning. Garrett Hampson and Nunez began the inning with back to back singles.  Yonathan Daza’s grounder scored Hampson from third and gave the Yard Goats a 2-0 edge.  Rodgers followed with an RBI double, scoring Nunez and making it 3-0.   Hilliard then ripped a double off the left field wall, scoring Rodgers and giving the Yard Goats a 4-0 lead.

Nunez was 3-for-5 with a double while Hilliard was 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Daza was 1-for-1 with three RBI.

On Saturday night, the Yard Goats prevailed 6-4 as Hartford retired 14 of the first 15 batters to come to bat. Bowie’s first hit didn’t come until there were two outs in the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Peter Lambert went three innings for the Yard Goats, allowing just one runner.

Daza had three hits for Hartford, including two doubles and a solo home run – his second of the season. He drove in four runs as Hartford became the third team in the Eastern League to win 20 games – an impressive achievement since the Yard Goats opened the season by losing their first six games. After an 0-6 start, Hartford has won 20 of their last 29 games.

Rodgers was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and one RBI.

Hartford returns home to open a homestand on Monday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate).

Hartford 9, Bowie 4
At Bowie, MD
Hartford (21-15)               103  030  101  — 9-13-0
Bowie (17-18)                    000  101  101  — 4-11-1
WP: French (1-3); LP: Long (0-4)

Hartford 6, Bowie 5
At Bowie, MD
Hartford (20-15)               103  000  020   — 6-9-0
Bowie (17-17)                    000  000  103  — 5-5-1
WP: Cozart 4-1; LP: Aquino 1-1

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