HARTFORD, August 29 – The Hartford Yard Goats closed out their third campaign at Dunkin’ Donuts Park with a bang –literally.
The Yard Goats had a record 19 hits and hit four home runs – tying a team record for most homers in a single game – as Hartford beat the Harrisburg Senators, 10-4 in an Eastern League contest Thursday night before another sellout crowd of 6,850 fans.
The Yard Goats (72-63, 37-30 second half) took four of five games from Harrisburg (72-63, 30-35), which clinched a playoff berth by winning the Western Division in the first half of the Eastern League season.
Red-hot Tyler Nevin, Mylz Jones, Vince Fernandez and Vance Vizcaino all homered for the Yard Goats. Jones, who had three hits, an RBI and two runs scored, tied the game in the first inning against Harrisburg starter Austin Voth, on a rehabilitation assignment for the Washington Nationals.
After a Nevin double, Bret Boswell delivered a run-scoring single to give Hartford a 2-1 lead in the first inning, and the Goats did not look back.
Every Hartford starter, except the pitcher, collected at least two hits and the Yard Goats collected at least one hit in every inning.
The Yard Goats broke open the game, chasing Voth with a four-run third inning on four hits to take a 6-2 lead. Voth lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Nevin added a home run, double, RBI and three runs scored for the Yard Goats. Nevin, who has 13 home runs, has homered in four straight games. He went 8-for-18 in the series with four homers and nine RBI. Teammates Brian Serven and Alan Trejo each added three hits.
Yard Goats starter Antonio Santos, who turned in his second straight quality start, was the beneficiary of the Hartford offensive explosion. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six to improve to 3-3.
Former Washington National outfielder Michael Taylor was 4-for-4 with a double for Harrisburg — while catcher Tres Barrera had a solo home run.
On Wednesday night, Hartford pitcher Brendan Gold set a new single season franchise record for victories in a 5-2 win over Harrisburg in a game that was delayed nearly two hours by rain.
Gold (12-5) allowed just two runs – one earned – in seven innings of work. He yielded five hits walked one and struck out three. Alexander Guillen retired six of the seven batters he faced, including four on strikeouts, to register his first Double A save.
Hartford set several attendance records, too, on Thursday night. The sellout was the club’s 51st of the season, a record, as was the 29th consecutive sellout. The standing-room-only crowd was the 29th of the season, another club record.
The Yard Goats’ total 2019 attendance of 414,946 also established a new club record. The Yard Goats will lead the Eastern League in attendance and in per game average. It is also the second consecutive season Hartford has surpassed the 400,000 mark in season attendance, a record for a Connecticut sports franchise.
The Yard Goats wrap up their season with four games at Binghamton, beginning Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
NOTE: The Yard Goats franchise is four years old and records reflect the four years in Hartford, not any previous seasons in New Britain or Bristol.