September 3, 2018
Final: Hartford Yard Goats 5, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3
WP: Jesus Tincoco (9-13)
LP: Josh DeGraff (7-6)
SV: Matt Pierpont (32)
Yard Goats Blast Three Homers and Win Final Game of 2018
Manchester, NH- The Hartford Yard Goats blasted three home runs and defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats by the score of 5-3 on Monday afternoon in the season finale at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sam Hilliard, Roberto Ramos and Omar Carrizales all connected on homers to help the Yard Goats to their first series win against the Fisher Cats this season. Jesus Tinoco registered eight strikeouts in five innings and tied a franchise record with his 9th win as the Yard Goats won five of their final six games of the season. Matt Pierpont converted on his 32nd save, which led the Eastern League and is the most in Yard Goats single season history. The Yard Goats finished the season in third place with a record of 65-72.
The Fisher Cats scored the first run of the game as Jon Berti led off the first inning with a solo home run off Hartford starter Jesus Tinoco. It was Berti's eighth home run of the season.
The Yard Goats tied the game in the third inning as Sam Hilliard cranked a solo home run off the right field videoboard, his ninth homer of the season. Later that inning, Roberto Ramos connected on a two run homer giving the Yard Goats a 3-1 lead. It was Ramos' 15th homer with the Yard Goats and his 31st home run in the minor this season.
Meanwhile, Jesus Tinoco registered eight strikeouts and allowed just one on three hits over five innings and departed with a 5-1 lead. The hard throwing righty struck out the side in the fourth inning.
The Yard Goats added to their lead on another home run in the sixth inning as Omar Carrizales smashed a two-run homer of the right field fence to make it 5-1 Hartford. The Fisher Cats got single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull within two at 5-3. Matt Pierpont closed out the ninth and converted on his EL leading 32nd save while retiring three of four batters faced.
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