Keyes Powers the Senators to Split in DH

Blackmar tosses six scoreless in game two for the win

Kevin Keyes’ two run home run with two outs in the sixth inning of game two powered the Senators to a 2-0 win over the Hartford Yard Goats. The Senators dropped game one, 5-3, which was their second straight loss to Hartford in the series.

Mark Blackmar worked six scoreless innings in game two. He retired the final six batters and 11 of the final 12 he faced. He allowed four hits and walked two. Justin DeFratus pitched a perfect seventh to earn his first save as a member of the Senators.

In the sixth inning, Andrew Stevenson doubled but was thrown out at home on a single by Neftali Soto. Keyes followed with his blast to left, his second home run on the day, to provide all the Senators needed in game two.

Kevin Keyes clubbed a two-run homer in each game of Friday's doubleheader (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Kevin Keyes clubbed a two-run homer in each game of Friday’s doubleheader (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

In game one, Ryan McMahon hit a grand slam off Boone Whiting in the third to give Hartford a 4-0 lead. The Senators bounced right back in the fourth, though, scoring three runs. The first came on a double by Soto scoring Stevenson all the way from first. Kevin Keyes then followed with a two-run blast to right to cut the deficit to 4-3. Hartford came back with a run in the fourth to make it 5-3 and that’s where the game ended. The Senators did threaten in the sixth inning with two on and one out, but didn’t score.

The Senators with the split are back to ten games over .500 at 58-48 while Hartford is 60-45.

Game four of the five game series is Saturday afternoon at 5:05 p.m.  The game broadcast begins with the Matt LeCroy show at 4:50 p.m. and can be heard on Fox Sports 1460, through the iHeart Radio app, the Tune In app, or through the Senators website.

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