Struggles Continue As New Hampshire Falls In Hartford

Fourth-consecutive loss comes via a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Yard Goats

By Tyler Zickel / New Hampshire Fisher Cats | May 9, 2017 11:19 PM ET

Hartford, CT - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped a season-high fourth consecutive game Tuesday night, losing 5-3 to the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

Hartford struck first in the opening frame. The Yard Goats leveraged back-to-back-to-back two-out base hits to plate a pair and go up 2-0.

The Fisher Cats responded with a two-out rally of their own in the second inning. Emilio Guerrero doubled off of Parker French (W, 2-2), Gunnar Heidt brought him in with a single and advance to second on the throw then newcomer Mike Reeves doubled down the right field line to tie the game 2-2.

A pair of runs in the third inning gave the Yard Goats the lead for good. Starter Shane Dawson (1-4) issued back to back walks to start the stanza then surrendered consecutive one out RBI singles to put the Colorado Rockies affiliate out in front 4-2.

After both teams went scoreless from the fourth through the sixth, each scored a run in the seventh. New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out but could only muster a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Davis that made it 4-3. Hartford got that run back in the bottom of the inning to retake a two-run lead.

A two-out Derrick Loveless single in the ninth brought the tying run to the plate, but Yard Goats closer James Farris (S, 4) got the next batter to secure the 5-3 win for Hartford.

With the loss, New Hampshire is a season-worst 11 games under .500.

The series wraps up Wednesday morning in Hartford. Sean Reid-Foley (1-3, 7.80 ERA) will start for the 'Cats while Sam Howard (0-2, 2.40 ERA) is set to go for the Yard Goats. First pitch is set for 10:35 a.m. and can be heard locally on AM 610 WGIR or online via iHeartRadio.

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

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