Hartford, CT- Jack Wynkoop pitched seven innings of shutout baseball and the Hartford Yard Goats held on to beat the Trenton Thunder, 5-4, Wednesday night before 4,859 fans at Dunkin' Donuts Park. The win ended the Goats' five-game losing streak and snapped the Yankees' affiliate five-game win streak. Trenton has the best record in the league (41-22).
With Hartford leading 5-0 in the ninth inning, closer Shane Broyles entered a bases loaded situation and struck out the first two hitters he faced, before serving up a grand slam to Billy McKinney in the upper deck in right. But Broyles settled down to get Jorge Saez to fly out to center to nail down his sixth save.
Wynkoop turned in one of his best outings of the season against the highest scoring club in the Eastern League. The 6th round pick out of South Carolina in 2015, scattered three hits, walked one and struck out five, for his second straight solid start. On Friday, the Hartford southpaw pitched seven innings of one run baseball, in a 1-0 loss at Reading.
Hartford took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI-double by Anthony Phillips, who later scored on a wild pitch by Trenton starter Yefry Ramirez. The Yard Goats broke the game open with three runs scoring in the eighth inning on an error, an RBI-double by Omar Carrizales and a squeeze bunt single by Juan Ciriaco.
Phillips and Ashley Graeter each had two hits to pace the Hartford attack.
The rubber game of the series is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Dunkin' Donuts Park. Righthander Parker French will pitch for the Yard Goats, while the Thunder have yet to announce their pitcher. The game can be heard on AM 1410 WPOP and on iHeart Radio.
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