Hartford, CT- Juan Ciriaco's three-run homer and stellar pitching by Konnor Wade lifted the Hartford Yard Goats to a 4-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday night, before 6,850 at Dunkin' Donuts Park. It was the 40th sellout of the season and the 10th time Dunkin' Donuts Park reached maximum capacity, counting standing room only. With one home game remaining, the Yard Goats have drawn 388,346.
Wade turned in his second straight solid outing, improving his record to 9-7. He allowed one run on four hits, did not walk anybody and struck out three, as the Yard Goats (62-73) moved into a fourth place tie with Portland. Hartford, which has captured the first three games of the series, has won 12 of the 20 games against the Red Sox affiliate this season.
Michael Chavis accounted for Portland's first run in the first inning, when the Red Sox 2014 first round draft pick homered. It was his 13th home run for Portland and 30th of the season, counting his time at high-A Salem. Jeremy Barfield made things close with a two-run homer off of Shane Broyles in the ninth inning. Broyles then settled down to strike out the next three hitters for his league-leading 21st save. Edison Frias pitched two scoreless innings, before turning it over to Broyles.
The Yard Goats tied the game in the first inning on a triple by Omar Carrizales and a sacrifice fly by Drew Weeks. The Goats took the lead for good, when Ciriaco homered into the seats in left center, his second home run of the season and second in two nights.
Dom Nunez led Hartford's eight-hit attack with three hits. Carrizales and Graeter each had two hits, while Ciriaco had three RBI.
The Yard Goats will host the Sea Dogs in their final home game of the season Thursday night at 7:05. It will be a battle of lefthanders, as Jack Wynkoop pitches for Hartford against Dedgar Jimenez for Portland. The game will be broadcast on AM 1410 WPOP and on iHeart Radio.
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