In a five hour span that saw lead changes, rain and runs, the SeaWolves won an 8-6 contest over the Senators which split the first of four series between the teams.
A two and half hour rain delay that pushed both starters out of action interrupted the game early. However, Harrisburg starter Taylor Jordan was still credited a run. Before the delay, Jordan walked Tyler Collins and after the delay, Collins scored on a Luis Castillo sacrifice, the first of three RBI for Castillo.
The Senators answered quickly, getting to Erie reliever Blaine Hardy in the top of the third. With runners in scoring position, Sean Nicol laid down a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by Hardy and second baseman Hernan Perez who was covering second. The play scored one run to tie the game. A bases clearing triple by Johnson gave Harrisburg two more, and a wild pitch by Hardy scored Johnson to make it 4-1 Senators.
Eugenio Suarez stepped up in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a solo homerun to cut the deficit to two. Suarez would finish a triple shy of the cycle.
All stayed quiet until Erie made its rally in the bottom of the fifth. A bases loaded walk to Wade Gaynor scored one. Tyler Collins broke out of a slump with a two RBI single to put Erie ahead 5-4. Castillo then hit a sharp one hopper to second baseman Ricky Hague, who's fielding error capped off the fourth inning scoring with Erie ahead 6-4.
Erie tacked on insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings. In the sixth, Hernan Perez scored on a James McCann single to give Erie its seventh run. In the eighth, the SeaWolves scored one more on a Castillo sacrifice.
Harrisburg attempted a late rally as three Erie relievers combined to shut down the Senators. After Michael Morrison walked two with one out, Tyler Stohr entered for the SeaWolves. Stohr walked the bases loaded and a fielder's choice on the next batter lead to an 8-5 game. Stohr walked the next two to give Harrisburg another run, making it 8-6 Erie. Justin Souza was called in to record the final out, which gave him a team leading fifth save.
Harrisburg reliever Neil Holland took the loss. Hardy picked up his second win for the SeaWolves. Erie is back in action Friday night at 7:05 as they welcome Akron to Jerry Uht Park for a four game series.
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