Hartford, CT- Pounding out 12 hits, the Hartford Yard Goats came-from-behind to beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 8-5, on Tuesday night, before 6,757 at Dunkin' Donuts Park. It marked the 39th sellout for the Yard Goats and brought the season's attendance to 381,496. That set a record for the most fans ever drawn by a Connecticut professional baseball team.
The win pulled the Yard Goats within one game of the fourth place Sea Dogs and clinched the season series against the Red Sox affiliate. Hartford has won 11 of 19 games against Portland with two to play.
Guilford, Connecticut's Craig Schlitter captured his first Double-A victory, beating his college teammate at Bryant University Kevin McAvoy. Schlitter pitched 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high eight. Shane Broyles closed out the ninth inning for his league-leading 20th save.
McAvoy came on in the second inning, after Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes pitched a scoreless first inning, facing five batters. The Bethel, CT native and UConn player was on a rehabilitation assignment.
Down 3-0, the Yard Goats rallied for three runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth to salt away the victory.
Juan Ciriaco led the Hartford attack with three hits and three RBI, including his first home run of the season. Ryan Metzler added two hits and three RBI. Correll Prime, Dom Nunez and Jan Vazquez each had two hits apiece.
Branford, CT native and former big league and UConn player Mike Olt had three RBI, including a two-run home run for the Sea Dogs.
Game three of the series is Wednesday night at Dunkin' Donuts Park. Game time is 7:05. Righthander Konner Wade will pitch for the Yard Goats against righthander Teddy Stankiewicz for Portland. The game will be broadcast on AM 1410 WPOP and on iHeart Radio.
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