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Fisher Cats rally, get winner on wild pitch

By ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader

August 16. 2017 11:13PM
Hartford's Max White is safe at third as New Hampshire's Tim Lopes tries to make the tag in the third inning at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — Shane Broyles played the role of the goat for the Hartford Yard Goats in their 6-5 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Broyles’ wild pitch with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the Fisher Cats (48-73) to earn the walkoff victory in front of 5,582 fans.

Hartford (56-65) charged Broyles with securing a 5-4 Yard Goats victory when he came in to relieve D.J. Johnson to start the bottom of the ninth. The right-hander proceeded to give up a leadoff solo home run to Gunnar Heidt that tied the score.

After Heidt tied the game, Andrew Guillotte singled and advanced to second base on Jonathan Davis’ sacrifice bunt. Tim Lopes struck out following Davis’ bunt but the Fisher Cats loaded the bases after Broyles intentionally walked Anthony Alford and Harold Ramirez singled.

Richard Urena was charged with delivering New Hampshire the walkoff win. Urena drew a full count and then struck out swinging on Broyles’ wild pitch but safely reached first base as Guillotte crossed home plate to clinch the victory.

Broyles (3-1) took the loss and received a blown save after allowing two earned runs on three hits and one walk over ⅔ of an inning.

New Hampshire cut the Yard Goats’ lead to 5-4 when Urena’s one-out sacrifice fly to left field scored Alford in the eighth inning.

Hartford scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 advantage. Josh Fuentes’ two-run single to right field gave Hartford a one-run lead. Brian Mundell’s RBI single down the third base line gave Hartford a two-run cushion.

The Yard Goats drew a walk or recorded a hit in their first four at-bats of the fifth inning.

Reese McGuire’s one-out solo home run in the fourth inning gave New Hampshire its first lead of the game. McGuire, who also homered Tuesday night against Hartford, deposited the ball over the right field fence and out of the park to build a 3-2 Fisher Cats advantage.

Max White made sure the Yard Goats took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. White hit a ground-rule double, stole third base during Josh Fuentes’ at bat and scored on Fuentes’ soft line-drive single to right field. Alford knotted the score in the bottom of the frame with his single to left field that scored Guillotte from second base.

Mundell belted an RBI single to left field in the top of the first inning to open the game’s scoring. The Fisher Cats tied the score at 1-1 on Alford’s sacrifice fly that landed in foul territory in their half of the frame.

Fisher Cats reliever Dusty Isaacs (4-3) earned the win after working a scoreless ninth inning in which he allowed no hits, one walk and struck out two batters. New Hampshire starter Jon Harris allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks alongside four strikeouts over five innings.

Hartford starter Jack Wynkoop improved allowed two earned runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings. The lefty struck out five batters.

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New Hampshire will wrap up its three-game series with Hartford tonight starting at 7:05. Left-hander Thomas Pannone (6-2, 3.12 ERA) is projected to take the mound for the Fisher Cats. Lefty Nick Additon (0-0, 2.25 ERA) is projected to start for the Yard Goats.

ahall@unionleader.com


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