AKRON- Hartford pitcher Jack Wynkoop matched his major league opponent Mike Clevinger pitch-for-pitch, but in the end it was Akron which emerged with a 2-0 win, before 5,138 at Canal Park on Tuesday night. Clevinger, on a rehabilitation start for the Cleveland Indians, pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit baseball with no walks and five strike outs for their Double-A affiliate. Meanwhile, Wynkoop carried a shutout into the seventh inning, before yielding a lead off home run to Ka'ai Tom to right-center. The Hartford southpaw then retired the next three hitters. He pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and three strike outs.
Akron (32-31) added an unearned run in the eighth inning on two walks and a throwing error by reliever Heath Holder on a sacrifice bunt.
Jake Paulson, who relieved Clevinger, picked up the win with 3 2/3 innings of work. He permitted three hits, walked one and struck out one.
Mylz Jones had three of the Yard Goats' six hits with a double and two singles.
The loss tightened the Eastern Division race, as Hartford fell to 36-26 with six games remaining in the first half playoff race.
Game two of the three-game series is Wednesday night at 7:05. RHP Brandon Gold will pitch for Hartford, while LHP Sam Hentges will pitch for Akron. The game will be broadcast on News Radio 1410 AM, on 100.9 FM and on the Internet on newsradio1410.iheart.com and on MiLB.com. Hartford returns to Dunkin' Donuts Park on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:05 PM against Bowie.
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