HARTFORD- Oh so close for the Yard Goats. Tyler Nevin backed up left fielder Barrett Barnes to the 392 foot mark in left-center for the final out of the game, just missing a two-run homer, as Hartford fell to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 7-6, in 10 innings Saturday night, before a capacity crowd of 6,850. The rubber game of the three-game series will be played Sunday afternoon.
It was the 17th straight sellout at Dunkin' Donuts Park and 22nd capacity crowd. The Yard Goats have played to nine straight capacity crowds, tying a franchise record. Hartford has drawn 334,777.
Ironically, the Rumble Ponies, who pounded out 14 hits, scored the winning run without a hit off of Tate Scioneaux, who suffered the defeat. With Andres Gimenez at second base to begin the tenth, Gavin Cecchini advanced him to third on a throwing error by Luis Castro. Quinn Brodey then followed with a sacrifice fly to break the deadlock. Adonis Uceta retired the three Yard Goats batters he faced with a runner at second base to nail down his fifth save.
Binghamton rallied to take a 6-5 lead with two outs in the eighth inning off of reliever Alexander Guillen. Brodey slugged a two-run homer into the upper deck in right-center. David Thompson followed with a double and Sam Haggerty chased Guillen with a run-scoring single. But Hartford (21-27) tied it with two outs in the eighth with Bret Boswell's 13th home run of the season to right-center. He was the only batter to reach base against winning pitcher Stephen Villines in two innings of work.
Hartford jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Binghamton right-hander Tommy Wilson. Boswell doubled into the right field corner, moved to third on Alan Trejo's bunt single and scored on the same play, when third baseman Will Toffey airmailed a throw over first base. Pitcher Matt Dennis then helped his cause, slugging a two-run, two-out home run into the left-field seats, his first homer as a professional.
Binghamton touched Dennis for two runs in the third, during a 33-pitch inning. Wilson and Haggerty opened the frame with back-to-back doubles for one run and after a passed ball, Haggerty scored on a ground out by Patrick Mazeika. The Rumble Ponies tied it in the fifth on Mazeika's single, a double by Barnes and an infield hit by Will Toffey. Dennis turned in his fourth quality start in his last five games. He permitted three runs on nine hits in six innings, walked one and struck out three.
Hartford chased Wilson with two outs in the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Nevin and Castro. Wilson pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out seven.
Boswell's two hits led Hartford's seven-hit attack. Brody had a home run, double and three RBI and Haggerty two hits and two RBI to pace the Ponies.