Courtesy: Erie SeaWolves
The SeaWolves, behind a masterful performance from lefty Kyle Ryan, snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Erie jumped ahead in the second inning against Cats starter Shawn Hill. Corey Jones doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10-consecutive games. Aaron Westlake singled to left and on a throwing error, Jones scored making it 1-0 Erie. With Westlake on third, Dean Green grounded out, plating the runner for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Ramon Cabrera and Jones each singled putting runners on the corners for Westlake who grounded out, plating Cabrera making it 3-0.
The ‘Wolves extended the lead in the fifth when, with a runner on first, Devon Travis clubbed an opposite-field, two-run home run, his third, for a 5-0 lead. Travis had a pair of hits in the game and extended his hitting streak to 12 straight, equaling the longest hit streak by a SeaWolves batter this season.
The five runs was more than enough for Ryan who dominated the Fisher Cat hitters all night en route to his second consecutive and fifth win of the season. Ryan faced the minimum through five innings and did not allow a runner to reach second base until two outs in the eighth.
Ryan worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning and finished the night with only 88 pitches thrown. It was the first nine-inning complete game for a SeaWolves pitcher since Jon Link tossed the second of his two on July 13 of last season. It was the first nine inning complete game shutout by a SeaWolves pitcher since Drew VerHagen on July 6, 2013 against Altoona.
The nine-inning complete game was the first in the career for the southpaw who has not allowed a run over his last two starts (16.0 IP). Ryan has also not walked a batter in his last two starts.