Cats’ late runs provide victory in Hartford

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HARTFORD, Conn. – A late rally helped give the New Hampshire Fisher Cats a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Yard Goats on Friday night.

The two teams each scored a run in the third, with Vince Fernandez coming across the plate in the sixth to give Hartford their first lead of the night.

That lead would be fleeting as Brock Lundquist’s leadoff triple in the seventh set the stage for a two-run rally that provided New Hampshire the lead for good.

Kevin Smith added an insurance home run in the ninth, the second of the day after Chad Spanberger’s in the third. Smith and Spanberger both finished with a pair of RBI.

Zach Logue got the win, climbing to 3-2 after 6 1/3 innings of work, giving up both Hartford runs off six hits and two walks, striking out six.

Rico Garcia fell to 4-1 with the loss, almost duplicating Logue’s outing with three runs off six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six Fisher Cat batters.

Bryan Baker earned his second save of the year with a perfect ninth.

The series continues Saturday night. Willy Ortiz (0-2, 9.35 ERA) will go for the Fisher Cats while Ashton Goudeau (2-2, 2.27 ERA) gets the nod for the Yard Goats.