By Jacob Wilkins / Binghamton Rumble Ponies | June 7, 2019 10:34 PM
Hartford, CT - The Rumble Ponies (31-24) fell to the Hartford Yard Goats 8-4 in the series opener in front of 6,850 at Dunkin Donuts Park on Friday night. The Yard Goats Colton Welker finished 2-4 with 4 RBI, including a two-run homer in the first and a two-run double in the seventh that extended the Yard Goats lead to 7-4.
Hartford (35-24) got off to a fast start against Harol Gonzalez hitting three homers over the first two innings, including one by starting pitcher Brandon Gold. Gonzalez though t settled down allowing 4 runs and six hits over six frames on 83 pitches in the no-decision. Gonzalez did help himself with a grounds rule double and a run scored as part of a three-run second.
Jason Krizan tied the game at four with a solo homer off of Heath Holder in the top of the seventh, his sixth of the year. The Yard Goats then scored three in the bottom of the inning off of Joe Zanghi with pinch-hitter Mylz Jones hitting the go-ahead RBI single. Zanghi (2-1) suffers his first loss of the year while Holder (4-1) gets the win in relief.
The two teams continue their three-game series tomorrow night in Hartford with UCONN standout Anthony Kay taking the hill for the Ponies. First pitch is at 6:05 on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and on the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show gets underway at 5:50.
POSTGAME NOTES: LHP Jake Simon made his first appearance in a Rumble Ponies uniform in relief, allowing 1 run over an inning and a third…With Trenton losing, the Yard Goats are in first place in the Eastern Division for the first time since May 2016…Krizan finished 2-4 with a home run and his sixth multi-RBI game.
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