Yard Goats Catch Squirrels to Earn Split

By Hartford Yard Goats | April 9, 2017 3:49 PM ET

Richmond, VA- Parker French pitched more like a veteran than someone making his AA debut, hurling the Hartford Yard Goats to a 7-3 victory over Richmond Sunday afternoon at The Diamond, before 4,281. Hartford earned a split of the four-game series, which drew 22,650.

Richmond, VA- Parker French pitched more like a veteran than someone making his AA debut, hurling the Hartford Yard Goats to a 7-3 victory over Richmond Sunday afternoon at The Diamond, before 4,281. Hartford earned a split of the four-game series, which drew 22,650.
French, a fifth round draft pick out of the University of Texas, retired the first 12 batters he faced before yielding a lead off single to Hunter Cole in the fifth inning. On a sunny, calm afternoon with temperatures near 70, the 6-2 right hander allowed one unearned run, on four hits (two bunt singles), walked one and struck out six over seven innings.
Hartford broke the game open early, scoring four runs in the third inning. Drew Weeks scored the first run on a third strike wild pitch from Cory Taylor to Josh Fuentes. Collin Ferguson then added a run-scoring double and Omar Carrizales followed with a two-run single. Weeks' sacrifice fly made it 5-0 in the 4th inning and Ryan McMahon's second double of the game chased Taylor from the contest.
Carrizales added an RBI-single in the seventh to make it 6-1, after Richmond scored an unearned run off of French. Richmond cut the lead in half with two runs in the eighth, but McMahon sealed the deal with his first home run of the season over the wall in right field in the ninth inning. The Yard Goats second baseman led a 10-hit attack with a home run and two doubles in four at bats.
Hartford heads to Harrisburg to open a three-game series against the Senators on Monday night at 6:30. It will be a battle of right handers when Hartford pitches Luis Niebla against Austen Williams. The game will be broadcast 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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