The SeaWolves, behind a strong outing from righty Tommy Collier, held off a late charge by the Trenton Thunder and took the series finale 4-2 at Arm & Hammer Park. The win completes Erie’s first sweep of the season.
Trenton grabbed a first inning lead against Collier. Ben Gamel led off with a double and moved to third on a Slade Heathcott groundout. Rob Segedin singled home Gamel for a 1-0 lead.
The SeaWolves trailed into the sixth inning. Eugenio Suarez walked with one out but was erased at second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Aaron Westlake for the second out. Dean Green worked a 3-2 count before lacing a double down the right field line, plating Westlake from first, tying the game. Steven Moya followed and muscled an opposite-field home run, his fifth, over the wall in left making it 3-1 in favor of the ‘Wolves.
In the top of the seventh, Corey Jones led off with a single and was sacrificed to second on a Craig Albernaz bunt. Jones moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jamie Johnson sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.
Relievers Guido Knudson and Slade Smith tossed two scoreless frames bridging the gap between Collier and Valdez in the bottom of the ninth.
Trenton threatened in the ninth against Valdez. Peter O’Brien led off with a single but was erased at second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Tyler Austin. Rob Refsnyder walked and Taylor Dugas singled to load the bases. Dan Fiorio singled home Austin making it 4-2 and it put the winning run on base for a pinch hitter Gary Sanchez. Sanchez grounded deep in the hole at short and Suarez made a backhanded play, fired to second for the second out and Jones relayed to first completing the game-ending double play.
Coller (1-5) earned his first Double-A win allowing a run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in a season-high six innings of work.
The series sweep was the first for the SeaWolves in Trenton since July 23-25, 2007.
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