Hartford- Omar Carrizales was not in the original starting line-up Monday night for the Hartford Yard Goats, but the late edition to replace Max White turned out to be an integral part of the Yard Goats 5-0 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Carrizales led an 11-hit attack going 4-for-4 with two runs scored.
Meanwhile, four pitchers combined for Hartford's fourth shut out of the season and its second at Dunkin' Donuts Park. Troy Nieman, came away with his first Eastern League victory and the Yard Goats extended their winning streak to three games.
Carrizales opened the last of the first inning with a drag bunt single and eventually scored the only run the Yard Goats would need on a double steal.
Making his first start of the season, Konnor Wade hurled 4 2/3 scoreless innings, before being lifted for Nieman with a runner at first base.
New Hampshire starting pitcher Jon Harris, Toronto's first round draft pick in 2015, shutdown the Yard Goats, by allowing only one run in seven innings. But the Goats batted around in the eighth inning scoring four runs. Carrizales started the frame with his second bunt single of the night. A big two-out single by Dillon Thomas brought in the second run. A bases loaded walk to Collin Ferguson and a two-run single by Dom Nunez sealed the Fisher Cats' fate.
Nunez and Ashley Graeter each had two hits, to join Carrizales with multi-hit games.
Game two of the series is Tuesday night at 7:05. RH Parker French will pitch for the Yard Goats against LH Shane Dawson of New Hampshire. The game will be broadcast on 1410 AM WPOP and on iHeartradio.com.
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