HARTFORD- PItcher Wil Crowe continued his dominance of Hartford and Drew Ward launched a three-run homer, as the Harrisburg Senators held on for a 6-4 win over the Yard Goats Friday night, before 6,443 at Dunkin' Donuts Park. It was the seventh sellout of the season for the Yard Goats.
The Senators' righty improved to 4-1 on the season, hurling six innings, scattering six hits and tying his season-high in strike outs with seven. The Washington Nationals second round draft pick in 2017 is 3-0 against Hartford this season with 17 scoreless innings.
Hartford (18-17) mounted an eighth-inning rally with four runs off two relievers. Vince Fernandez' two-run homer and RBI hits by Ryan Metzler and Chris Rabago highlighted the frame. The first two Yard Goats reached base in the ninth against right-hander Joan Baez, but a double play and ground out ended the comeback bid. Abreu, Fernandez and Metzler each had two hits to lead the Hartford offense.
Harrisburg (24-9) has won seven of the first eight meetings against the Yard Goats this season. Rhett Wiseman and Luis Garcia each had three hits to lead the Senators' season-high 15 hit attack.
Game two of the three-game series is Saturday at 6:05 PM. RHP Rico Garcia goes for Hartford against RHP Jason Tetreault for Harrisburg. The game will be broadcast on News Radio 1410AM, on 100.9 FM, in Spanish on 1120AM and on the Internet on newsradio1410.iheart.com and on MiLB.com.
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