Cats Walk All Over Yard Goats in Park Opener

By Hartford Yard Goats | April 13, 2017 11:40 PM ET

HARTFORD, CT - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats walked all over the Hartford Yard Goats Thursday night, in the opening of brand new Dunkin' Donuts Park, 7-2. The game drew a sellout crowd of 6,850.
HARTFORD, CT - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats walked all over the Hartford Yard Goats Thursday night, in the opening of brand new Dunkin' Donuts Park, 7-2. The game drew a sellout crowd of 6,850.
Hartford pitching uncharacteristically walked 10 men, with five of those walks coming around to score.
The Fisher Cats scored the first run in the new ballpark on a sacrifice fly by Reese McGwire in the second inning, but the Goats came back to tie in their half of the frame on an RBI ground out by Drew Weeks.
A lead off walk to Anthony Alford in the fourth inning led to another Fisher Cat run but Hartford tied the score, 2-2 in the fifth inning on a two-out RBI single by Ryan McMahon.
New Hampshire took the lead for good in the seventh inning, when a throwing error by losing pitcher Konnor Wade, attempting to pick a runner off of first base, enabled Jonathan Diaz to score. An RBI single by Tim Lopes made it 4-2 Fisher Cats. The visitors broke the game open with three runs in the eighth, including the ballpark's first home run by Gunnar Heidt, a two-run home around the left field foul pole.
Game two of the series is Friday night at 7:05 p.m.  Hartford sends RHP Parker French to the mound against RHP Francisco Rios. The game will be broadcast on WPOP 1410 AM.

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