Fisher Cats Spoil Opener in Hartford, Win 7-2

Gunnar Heidt Homers For Second Straight Game

Gunnar Heidt has two homers in his first five Double-A games. (Dave Schofield)

By Tyler Murray / New Hampshire Fisher Cats | April 13, 2017 10:37 PM ET

Hartford, CT - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats spoiled the Hartford Yard Goats home opener with a 7-2 win in front of a sold out crowd at Dunkin' Donuts Park on Thursday night. Gunnar Heidt homered and collected three hits for the second straight game, as the Fisher Cats secured their first winning streak of 2017.

The teams each manufactured runs in the second inning to start the scoring. Reese McGuire hit a sac fly to make it 1-0, but Drew Weeks tied the game with an RBI groundout in the bottom half. New Hampshire mounted a rally in the fourth, and regained the lead with a Ryan McBroom RBI double. McBroom, the Fisher Cats cleanup hitter, now has six RBIs in his last five games.

Again, Hartford answered to tie the game at 2-2 when Ryan McMahon drove in Ashley Graeter with a single in the fifth. Conner Greene left with the game even after five strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.

After a scoreless relief inning from Carlos Ramirez, the Fisher Cats offense went back to work in the seventh. Jonathan Diaz led off with a walk and moved to third on a single by Roemon Fields. Diaz came home on a pickoff error by pitcher Konner Wade, and Tim Lopes singled home Fields to put New Hampshire in front, 4-2.

The Fisher Cats broke the game open in the eighth on a two-run homer from Gunnar Heidt, his third in six games this season. Tim Lopes added an RBI double to make it 7-2.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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