Reading, PA- The Hartford Yard Goats were defeated by the Reading Fightin Phils by the score of 1-0 on Friday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. Jiandido Tromp doubled home Malquin Canelo in the third inning for the only run of the game and Brandon Leibrant hurled seven scoreless innings for the win. The Yard Goats, who had the bases loaded in the eighth inning, were shutout for the second straight game and three of their last four losses have been shutout defeats. It was Hartford's fourth game of a two city six game road trip.
The Fightins scored the first run of the game in the third inning off Hartford starter Jack Wynkoop. Malquin Canelo began the inning with an infield single and was bunted to second base. Jiandido Tromp followed with an RBI double scoring Canelo and giving Reading a 1-0 lead.
Reading starter Brandon Leibrandt was terrific and allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings. Hartford had leadoff singles in the third and fourth innings but both times the son of former 14 year Major League veteran Charlie Leibrandt pitched out of trouble.
Joe DeNato came in to start the eighth inning and surrendered back to back hits by Jan Vazquez and Anthony Phillips. After a walk to load the bases former Phillies righty Colton Murray was called in to put out the fire. He did the job by getting a strikeout against Ashley Graeter and then catcher Chase Numata picked off Vazquez at third to end the inning.
The Yard Goats tried to rally in the ninth inning with consecutive singles by Max White and Correlle Prime. A wild pitch by Murray put runners at second and third base. However, the righty came back to strikeout out Vazquez to end the game.
The Yard Goats continue a 3-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils tomorrow night (6:35 PM) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. RHP Parker French will start for the Yard Goats while RHP Drew Anderson will pitch for the Fightins. The broadcast can be heard on AM 1410 WPOP or on iheart radio.
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