Binghamton 3- 9-0
WP: Mitch Horacek (3-3)
LP: Mickey Janis (9-6)
S: Matt Pierpont (28)
HR: Burcham (2); Bednar (7); Mazeika (8)
HARTFORD- Dramatic late-inning home runs by Scott Burcham and Brandon Bednar lifted the Hartford Yard Goats to a 4-3 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Wednesday night, in front of 6,850 at Dunkin' Donuts Park. It was the 11th straight sellout for the Yard Goats, who have drawn 354,142 at home this season. Hartford (59-66) has won six of its last nine games and moved one-half game ahead of the Rumble Ponies into fourth place.
Bednar's eighth inning homer into the seats in left-center, snapped a 3-3 tie and came one inning after Burcham belted his dramatic three-run shot, also into the left-center field seats. Both homers came off of knuckle-ball pitcher Mickey Janis, who held the Yard Goats scoreless through six innings. Janis (9-6) pitched eight innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits to absorb his sixth loss of the season.
The Mets' affiliate, which lost to Hartford for the 10th time in 12 games, took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a home run to right by Patrick Mazeika. Binghamton (60-68) increased the edge against starter Frank Duncan on a two-run double by Will Toffey in the sixth inning, before the Yard Goats mounted their comeback. Duncan pitched six innings and permitted three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Mitch Horacek picked up the win in relief to improve to 3-3. Binghamton loaded the bases in the eighth inning on three singles with one out against the Hartford southpaw, before Horacek got a strike out and fly out to end the threat. Matt Pierpont pitched the ninth to record his league-leading 28th save.
Burcham, Roberto Ramos and Mylz Jones each had two hits to pace the Yard Goats 10-hit attack. Mazeika, Andres Gimenez and Joey Terdoslavich each had two hits for the Rumble Ponies.
The brief two-game series wraps up Thursday night at 7:05 at Dunkin' Donuts Park. LH Sean Nolin will pitch for the Yard Goats against RH Franklyn Kilome for Binghamton. The game will be televised on Vantage Sportsnet, broadcast on AM 1410 WPOP and streamed on newsradio1410.iheart.com and MiLB.com.
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