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Yard Goats rally in eighth inning to beat Binghamton

Yard Goats catcher Chris Rabago had key two-run single in the eighth inning to help Hartford beat Binghamton Friday night.

HARTFORD, August 10 – The Hartford Yard Goats rallied late to grab a 3-1 Eastern League victory over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Friday night before another capacity crowd of 6,850 at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

Hartford (21-26 second half) scored three runs in the eighth inning to secure the win. In the previous seven innings, the Rumble Ponies allowed just two hits and no runs.

The Yard Goats rallied in the eighth inning against Binghamton’s Joe Zanghi, a native of Milford, Conn., to win their third straight home game.

Hartford’s Manny Melendez led off the eighth inning with a double that fell among three players in shallow center.  After Vance Vizcaino reached on an infield hit, moving Melendez to third, Hartford’s Luis Castro followed with a one-out sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1.

Zanghi, a right-hander, then hit Hartford’s Alan Trejo with a pitch and walked Mylz Jones, setting the stage for Chris Rabago’s two-run single to right-center, his second hit of the night. That gave the Yard Goats a 3-1 lead.

Hartford’s Rayan Gonzalez entered the game in the ninth inning to register his fourth save and preserve the win for teammate Tate Scioneaux, retiring the Rumble Ponies in order.  It was the only inning Binghamton did not collect a hit.

Rabago’s two hits and two RBI paced Hartford, while Barrett Barnes and Quinn Brodey each had two hits to lead the Rumble Ponies’ 11-hit attack.  Binghamton left nine men on base.

Hartford starting pitcher Jack Wynkoop pitched around numerous jams, holding Binghamton (23-28 second half) to one run over six innings, a lead-off home run in the fifth inning by Jason Krizan into the upper deck in right.  The southpaw scattered nine hits, walked one and struck out a season-high eight.

Meanwhile, Binghamton’s David Peterson, the New York Mets 2017 first-round draft pick held Hartford to one hit over five innings.  The lefty walked two and struck out three.

It was the 35th sellout crowd at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, including 16 straight.  Hartford has also played to eight straight capacity crowds and 16 on the season. Game two of the three-game series is Saturday at 6:05 p.m.

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