The Hartford Yard Goats rallied with three runs in the ninth but came up short in a 5-4 Eastern League Northeast Division loss at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Saturday night in Manchester, N.H.
Entering the ninth Hartford trailed 5-1. With two outs Michael Toglia singled and Brenton Doyle was hit by a pitch. Grant Lavigne drove in Toglia with a single. Willie MacIver walked to load the bases leading to a two-run single by Kyle Datres, but Isaac Collins struck out with the tying run on second to end the game.
Noah Davis (5-6) took the loss for Hartford, pitching six innings allowing three runs on five hits. The Yard Goats, 48-32 overall, are now 5-6 to start the second half.
Hartford Athletic loses on late goal
Leo Fernandes scored his second goal of the night, on a penalty kick in extra time, to lift the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 3-2 USL Championship win over the Hartford Athletic at Trinity Health Stadium.
Hartford had built a 2-1 lead on goals from Danny Barrera and Rashawn Dally. Fernandes tied the game with his first at the 73-minute mark and then cashed in on the PK to win the game.
Barrera scored at 49 minutes and Dally at 56 minutes for the Athletic (4-10-4). Hartford is back in action Saturday at the Charleston Battery at 7:30 p.m.
-- Staff reports