New Hampshire at Hartford
New Hampshire 6-11-2
WP- Justin Shafer (1-0)
LP- Jack Wynkoop (0-1)
HARTFORD - Using timely hitting and clutch pitching, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats spoiled the Hartford Yard Goats season opener Thursday night with a 6-0 victory, before a sellout crowd of 6,518 at Dunkin' Donuts Park. The Yard Goats played before 41 sellout crowds in 2017, during the award-winning ballpark's inaugural season.
New Hampshire scored the only run it needed in the third inning, when high-touted Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled and scored on a double by Lourdes Gurriel. The Fisher Cats never looked back after that two-out outburst.
The Yard Goats two best scoring chances came in the second and third innings, but they left runners stranded at the corners in both frames. Yonathan Daza led the Hartford attack with two hits.
Gurriel and Cavan Biggio each had two hits and two RBI for New Hampshire.
Game two of the four game series is Friday night at 7:05 p.m. It will be a battle of right handed pitchers, as Ryan Castellani pitches for the Yard Goats and Jordan Romano hurls for the Fisher Cats, The game can be heard on News Radio 1410 AM and on the iHeart Radio app. The game will be televised by Vantage SportsNet and video stream of the game can be viewed on MiLB.tv
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