Defensive miscues and poor pitching saw the Erie SeaWolves (55-57) drop an 8-7 decision to the Hartford Yard Goats (51-60), having now lost nine of their last 11 games.
The SeaWolves struck first in the second as Christin Stewart got aboard with a one-out double before Gabriel Quintana sent a two-run blast to left. Afterwards, A.J. Simcox sent a two-out solo home run to right as Erie took an early 3-0 lead.
The Yard Goats immediately responded in the third as Ashley Graeter got an second due to a throwing error on Simcox and reached third on a Brian Mundell single. Afterwards, Stephen Cardullo brought them both home on an two-run Double as Hartford trimmed its defecit 3-2.
The Wolves struck back in the bottom of the third as Will Maddox got a leadoff base hit, reached second on a Dawel Lugo single and came around to score on an RBI Single from Grayson Greiner as Erie took a 4-2 lead.
The Goats took control in the fifth as Ashley Graeter got aboard with a one-out single before ciming around to score on an RBI Double from Drew Weeks. Brian Mundell would bring then him in to score on an RBI single. Afterwards, he would reach second on a two-out walk by Dom Nunez before Josh Fuentes brought them home on a two-RBI double as Hartford took a 6-4 lead.
The SeaWolves answered in the sixth as Steven Moya got a leadoff walk, reached third on a one-out single by Quintana and com home to score on a sacrifice fly by Zack Cox. Following a Simcox single and a Harold Castro walk, Wil Maddox struck out but the out became a Wild Pitch, allowing Quintana to come home to tie the game 6-6.
The Yard Goats would respond again in the seventh as Mundell got a leadoff single before Cardullo sent a two-run home run to left as Hartford went back up 8-6.
The Wolves answered again in the bottom of the seventh as Moya got aboard with a one-out base hit, reached third on a Christin Stewart double before coming in to score on a Quintana RBI Single as Erie trimmed its defecit 8-7. However, that would be as close as they would get.
Goats pitcher Edison Frias (2-4) picked up the win, giving up no runs, hits or walks while striking out one in 1/3 inning of relief. Shane Boyles earned his 16th save, giving up no runs, hits or walks while striking out one in an inning of relief. Starter Jack Wynkoop got a no-decision, giving up four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three in five innings.
SeaWolves pitcher Adam Ravenelle (0-3) got the loss, giving up two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Starter Matt Hall got a no-decision in his Double-A debut, giving up six tuns (four earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings.
The Wolves will look to salvage a win from their weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 pm. Erie will send RHP Beau Burrows (4-3, 4.89 ERA) to the mound while Hartford will have Ryan Castellani (8-10, 5.16 ERA).
Fans are encouraged to dress up on Sunday as their favorite superhero as part of Superhero Day at UPMC Park! It's also Kid's Crew Day, where every Kid's Crew member gets free admission into the game.
The first 500 fans will receive a Wendy's Scratch and Win card. Every card is a winner!
Sunday is also Family Fun Day presented by Erie Federal Credit Union. Members can show their Platinum MasterCard, debit card, or show their member ID to buy a regular priced ticket and receive a voucher for a free Smith's Hot Dog and Pepsi fountain drink with each ticket purchased.
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