Squirrels Bite Yard Goats in Season Opener

By Hartford Yard Goats | April 6, 2017 10:01 PM ET

Richmond, VA- The fans hadn't even settled in at the Diamond for Opening Night, before their Richmond Flying Squirrels had a 3-0 lead and by the third inning it was 9-0. When it was finally over, the Giants AA-affiliated had spoiled the Hartford Yard Goats 2017 season opener with an 11-1 victory before 9,560 fans.

Richmond, VA- The fans hadn't even settled in at the Diamond for Opening Night, before their Richmond Flying Squirrels had a 3-0 lead and by the third inning it was 9-0.   When it was finally over, the Giants AA-affiliated had spoiled the Hartford Yard Goats 2017 season opener with an 11-1 victory before 9,560 fans.

Highly touted Ryan Castellani, the Rockies second round draft choice in 2014, ran into trouble in the first inning of his AA-debut, when lefty hitting Chris Shaw blasted a first-pitch two run homer over the wall in right-center field. The blast made it 3-0 Richmond. After Castellani struck out the side in the second, Richmond put the game away in the third inning, scoring six runs on five hits and a costly error.

It was left to Castellani to remove the sour taste from his mouth and he did just that, when manager Jerry Weinstein - also making his Eastern League debut - kept him in the game. The 6-4, 220 lb. pitcher finished with three scoreless innings, retiring nine of the 10 hitters he faced.

Meanwhile, Richmond starting pitcher Dan Slania mowed down the Yard Goats' hitters, allowing one run and five hits over six innings. Hartford scored its only run on three straight hits, including an RBI single by Drew Weeks. Richmond pitching finished by retiring the last 11 Hartford batters. Three pitchers combined to strike out 11 Yard Goats. 

Game two of the four-game set is Friday night at 7:05 from the Diamond. It will be a battle of left handers as the Yard Goats send Jack Wynkoop to the mound against Andrew Suarez. The game can be heard on WPOP-AM 1410.

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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