Hartford- The forecast was for the chance of thunder and lightening at Dunkin Donuts's Park on Tuesday night. Who knew the thunder and lightening would occur on the field? Before a big crowd of 5,620, the first place Trenton Thunder spoiled the Hartford Yard Goats start of a six-game home stand, slugging four home runs on their way to an 8-1 victory.
Owning the Eastern League's best record at 41-21, the New York Yankees affiliate got home runs from Jorge Saez, Mike Ford, Billy Fleming and Billy McKinney to extend their winning streak to five games and hand Hartford (28-34) its fifth straight loss.
Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield avenged last week's loss to the Yard Goats, hurling six innings and striking out a season high eight. The southpaw scattered five hits and walked two to improve to 5-4.
The lone bright spot for the Yard Goats came, when Max White hit the first inside-the-park home run in Dunkin' Donuts Park history off of Sheffield, slugging a ball off the wall in left center and circling the base paths. Anthony Phillips had two hits for Hartford.
Trenton broke open a scoreless game, scoring five runs off of Ryan Castellani in the fifth inning. Saez opened the frame with a home run, the 22nd straight game the Thunder has taken the lead first in a game. Miguel Andujar's RBI single - the third of his three hits - and Ford's three-run blast to dead center closed out the scoring in the inning.
Game two of the series is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Lefthander Jack Wynkoop will pitch for the Yard Goats against righthander Ronald Herrera of Trenton, who is 7-0 with a league-leading 1.07 ERA. The game can be heard on AM 1410 WPOP and on iHeart Radio.
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