The people of Manchester are downtown enjoying bar snacks and hops, blowing some steam on another Friday night. The old red-brick buildings on Elm St. add to the character of this peaceful small town. No big city lights. No big city sounds.
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is empty on another cold evening, as the Hartford Yard Goats take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. It’s quiet around the park – calm like the Merrimack River off in the distance. Not as busy as the restaurants only a few miles away.
Patrick Murphy takes the baseball as the rest of the city sip the week’s end. He dominates the first two innings of the game. The Yard Goats looked like they were up against a big league pitcher, unable to understand what they were seeing coming at them.
Murphy commands his fastball. He throws his filthy curveball. He mixes in his changeup. It looks like manager Mike Mordecai is going to have another strong start from his ace. However, things weren’t about to remain as calm as the Merrimack River for Murphy.
The 23-year-old Blue Jays prospect walked out to the mound in the third inning. And the Hartford …
Author: Ryan Di Francesco / Blue Jays Nation