Yard Goats make history of Senators

By Hartford Yard Goats | April 20, 2017 10:11 PM ET

Hartford, CT- With 3,270 fans standing and cheering at Dunkin' Donuts Park Thursday night, reliever James Farris blew a fastball past a swinging Yadiel Hernandez, to make history. After an excruciating start in their new ballpark, the Yard Goats had won their first game of the season at home, 1-0, over the Harrisburg Senators. It also was the first victory for a Hartford professional baseball team in the city since 1952 and snapped a six-game losing streak.

Yard Goats make history of Senators

 

Harrisburg   0-5-0

Hartford       1-6-0

 

WP- Yency Almonte (1-0)

LP- Erick Fedde (1-1)

S- James Farris (6)

  T- 2:29

  A- 3,270

 

Hartford, CT- With 3,270 fans standing and cheering at Dunkin' Donuts Park Thursday night, reliever James Farris blew a fastball past a swinging Yadiel Hernandez, to make history. After an excruciating start in their new ballpark, the Yard Goats had won their first game of the season at home, 1-0, over the Harrisburg Senators. It also was the first victory for a Hartford professional baseball team in the city since 1952 and snapped a six-game losing streak.

The job by Farris and lefty reliever Steve Ascher preserved a sparkling performance by starter Yency Almonte, who won his first game of the year. Almonte allowed only four hits, didn't walk anybody and struck out a season-high 10. The righty ended his outing by striking out Hernandez on his 100th pitch.

Hartford scored the only run of the game when Omar Carrizalez reached on a two-out single to deep short and Josh Fuentes followed with a triple off starter Erick Fedde over the head of Andrew Stevenson in right center. Fuentes was the only player in the game to collect two hits. 

The Yard Goats bullpen came through in the clutch, with Ascher escaping a bases loaded, two-out jam in the eighth inning by getting pinch hitter Mario Lisson to fly out to right field. That set the stage for the ninth inning dramatics and paved the way for history to be made in downtown Hartford.

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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