Yard Goats bite Curve again

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Curve upset Hartford off the field this past week, but the Yard Goats have been getting their revenge on the field this weekend.

Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field knocked off Hartford’s top-seeded and two-time champion Dunkin’ Donuts Park in the final four of fan voting for the best Double-A ballpark contest at BallparkDigest.com.

PNG Field is up against Amarillo’s Hodgetown in the finals, and voting ends late tonight. The Amarillo ballpark has been leading throughout the contest and was up 53-47 percent as of late Saturday night. Fans can vote one time from each of your devices today.

As for on the field, Hartford broke up a tie game with three runs in the seventh inning and went on to win Saturday, 7-3, at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. The Yard Goats have taken the first two games of this series, after Altoona opened the second half of the Eastern League slate with a victory at home Thursday night against Harrisburg.

The Curve had just pulled even at 3-3 in their half of the seventh on a two-run homer by Chris Sharpe, who was playing his second game since getting called up from high-A Bradenton.

Hartford took the lead right back, though, as Brian Serven greeted reliever Austin Coley with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh. The Yard Goats added two more runs off Coley (0-1) for a 6-3 lead, then tacked on another insurance run in the eighth.

Pedro Vasquez gave up three runs — all unearned — in six innings for the Curve. Hartford took advantage of an error on first baseman Jerrick Suiter in the fourth to score three times for a 3-1 lead.

Mitch Horacek (2-0) won in relief for Hartford.

Suiter had two hits for the Curve, who will wrap up the series this afternoon before heading to Richmond for three games.

Game recap

Key player: CF Bret Boswell was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer for Hartford.

Key play: C Brian Serven led off the bottom of the seventh with a go-ahead homer, after the Curve had just pulled even moments earlier.

Key stat: The Curve trail Amarillo in the best Double-A ballpark contest, 53-47 percent, with voting set to end late tonight.

How they scored

Top 2nd: Suiter doubled, scored on Pabst single (1-0).

Bottom 4th: Nevin singled, Jones reached on Suiter error, both scored on Boswell three-run homer (1-3).

Top 7th: Tolman hit by pitch, scored on Sharpe two-run homer (3-3).

Bottom 7th: Serven solo homer (3-4); Herrera tripled, scored on Melendez single (3-5); Welker sacrifice fly scored Melendez (3-6).

Bottom 8th: Trejo solo homer (3-7).

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