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Yard Goats Season Recap

September 9, 2019

2019 milestones for Hartford Yard Goats

2019 milestones for Hartford Yard Goats

Attendance… The Yard Goats
Attracted a franchise record 414,946 fans and led the entire Eastern League in total attendance for the second straight year
Are first minor league baseball club in Connecticut history to attract over 400,000 plus fans in consecutive seasons  
*Sold out Dunkin' Donuts Park a franchise record 51 times
*Sold out Dunkin' Donuts Park the final 29 games, a franchise record, from July 3-August 29
Attracted a franchise record 29 Maximum Crowds of 6,850
Welcomed their one-millionth fan to Dunkin' Donuts Park on June 22, becoming the fastest minor league team in New England to reach the mark
Team on Field…
Finished with the second most wins ever (73), 73-66 overall, (37-30/1st half), (36-36/2nd half)
Finished in third place overall in Eastern League Standings
Won 11 of 14 in late May through early June to reach first place in standings, and led EL's Eastern Division for five days from June 7-11 (first time since May 14, 2016)
Reached season-high 11 games above .500 (35-24) on June 7th & June 9th (36-25)
Five Yard Goats Named to Eastern League All-Star team (INF Colton Welker , INF Alan Trejo , RHP Logan Cozart , RHP Alexander Guillen , RHP Heath Holder )
Four Yard Goats named as Eastern League Award Winners (INF Tyler Nevin Eastern League Player of Month-August, INF/OF Bret Boswell Eastern League Player of the Week on August 12, LHP Jack Wynkoop Eastern League Pitcher of the week on July 8th, and RHP Rico Garcia Eastern League Pitcher of the Week on June 10th
LHP Phillip Diehl and RHP Rico Garcia played for both Yard Goats and Colorado Rockies
Yard Goats Closer Ben Bowden pitched in MLB Futures Game on July 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland
Yard Goats to the Major Leagues
Over the past four seasons, 26 former Yard Goats have made their Major League debuts, 25 with the Rockies... 2019 Yard Goats LHP Phillip Diehl and RHP Rico Garcia pitched for both Hartford and Colorado this season... Also this season, former Yard Goats RHP Peter Lambert , RHP Jesus Tinoco , INF Brendan Rodgers , OF Yonathan Daza , INF Josh Fuentes , C Dom Nuñez and OF Sam Hilliard reached the Major Leagues for the first time...
2019 Yard Goats Team Awards
Community Service Award: RHP Ashton Goudeau & RHP Jordan Foley
10th Player Award: OF Vance Vizcaino
Pitcher of the Year: Alexander Guillen
Hitter of the Year: Manny Melendez
Yard Goats Team Pitching
Ranked T-2nd Eastern League with 3.29 ERA
Posted best ever team ERA of 3.29
Had three relievers post the top three single season ERA's in club history (Ben Bowden, Alexander Guillen, Logan Cozart)
Had five starters post the top eight single season ERA's in club history (Rico Garcia #1, Ashton Goudeau #3, Matt Dennis #7, Brandon Gold #8, Jack Wyknoop #8)  
Broke franchise record for third time with 18 strikeouts, June 5 vs Trenton
Combined to strike out 35 batters over two games (May 28 & May 30) vs Portland
Established 9 inning single game franchise strikeout record with 17 K's on May 28th vs Portland
Established club record single game strikeout record 18 K's on May 30th (11 inn) vs Portland
Did not allow a single run in a franchise record 26 consecutive innings
Did not allow an earned run in a franchise record 35 consecutive innings (3 plus games)
*Starters set a franchise mark by going through five man rotation and not allowing an earned run (33.2 innings), April 30-May 4
Yard Goats Team Batting
Ranked 3rd in Eastern League with 115 home runs (2nd most club history)
Had five players reach double figures in home runs for first time in club history (Bret Boswell, Vince Fernandez , Alan Trejo, Tyler Nevin, Colton Welker)
Had three players rank in top 13 single season franchise in hits and top 9 in total bases (Manny Melendez, Tyler Nevin, Alan Trejo)
Had 5 players hit 20 or more doubles for just second time in club history (Tyler Nevin, Colton Welker, Manny Melendez, Bret Boswell, Alan Trejo)   
Established new franchise single-game record 18 hits on August 16 at Binghamton
Yard Goats Individual Pitching
Ben Bowden: 5th Eastern League with 20 saves (promoted to AAA June 20th), Posted the best ERA in club history of 1.05 (26 appearances), Became first pitcher in franchise history to record 20 saves in 20 opportunities
Logan Cozart: Posted 3rd best ERA in single season club history of 1.69 (30 appearances)
Matt Dennis: Finished with 7th best single season ERA for starters in club history of 3.29  
Phillip Diehl: Became first pitcher in single season club history to not allow an earned run (10 or more appearances) and posted a 0.00 ERA   
Rico Garcia: Established new single season ERA mark for starters of 1.85 (13 starts), Finished with 5th best single season ERA in club history
Brandon Gold: 2nd Eastern League and set franchise record with 12 wins, 9th in EL with 3.56 ERA, Tied EL lead with 26 starts, 6th EL with 144.0 innings pitched, T-3rd EL with .670 winning %, finished T-8th best ERA for starters in club history with 3.56
Rayan González : Posted 10th best ERA in single season club history of 2.08 (44 appearances)  
Ashton Goudeau: Finished with 3rd best single season ERA for starters in club history of 2.07, finished with the 9th best single season ERA in club history
Scott Griggs : T-5th Eastern League with 45 appearances, 7th EL with 16 saves
Alexander Guillen: Posted 2nd best ERA in single season club history of 1.53 (37 appearances)
Heath Holder: Finished with 18th best single season ERA (2.64) in club history (29 appearances)
Mitch Horacek : Finished with 17th best single season ERA (2.48) in club history (34 appearances)
Jack Wynkoop: 10th Eastern League with 3.56 ERA, 3rd EL with 149.0 innings pitched, 10th EL with 1.19 WHIP, T-2nd EL with 2 complete games, T-8th best ERA for starters in club history with 3.56