Binghamton, NY- The Hartford Yard Goats were shutout by the Binghamton Rumble Ponies by the score of 1-0 on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, New York. Rumble Ponies starter Corey Oswalt, who was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Year earlier in the day, hurled five scoreless frames, while allowing just three singles, recorded eight strikeouts and lowered his league leading ERA to 2.28. He combined with three relievers on a four-hitter and limited the Yard Goats to just one base runner after the third inning. The New York Mets affiliate got a two-out single in the fourth inning by Gustavo Nunez scoring Patrick Biondi with the games' only run as the Rumble Ponies extended their winning streak to six consecutive contests.
The Rumble Ponies pitching staff recorded a total of 15 strikeouts, including a stretch of six in a row. Yard Goats starter Nick Additon turned in a quality start and surrendered just one run in seven solid innings. Outfielder Drew Weeks had three hits for Hartford. It was the opening game of the final series of the season for the Yard Goats, who concluded their home schedule last night.
The Rumble Ponies scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning on a two-out single off Yard Goats starter Nick Additon. Patrick Biondi singled with two outs and went on to steal second base. Gustavo Nunez followed with a hit to centerfield and Biondi scored from second base to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead.
The Yard Goats had some chances against Oswalt early in the game with runners at the corners in the first inning and two out singles in the second and third innings but could not push a run across. After Drew Weeks' third inning single, Oswalt and relievers Drew Smith, Tim Peterson and Tyler Bashlor retired the next 17 batters before Weeks singled again in the ninth inning.
The Yard Goats and Rumble Ponies will play the second game of the weekend series on Saturday night (7:05 PM). RHP Ryan Castellani will start for the Yard Goats while RHP Ricky Knapp will counter for Binghamton. The broadcast can be heard on AM 1410 WPOP or on iheart radio.
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