The SeaWolves opened up a seven-game road trip by winning a nail biter, 6-5, over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Thursday night at The Diamond.
The SeaWolves broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning against Flying Squirrels starter Aadlberto Mejia. Steven Moya tripled and scored on a Francisco Martinez knock for a 1-0 lead.
Richmond quickly tied the game in the last of the fifth against Erie starter Jeff Ferrell when Devin Harris tripled with one out and scored on a Kelby Tomlinson sacrifice fly.
Aaron Westlake put the SeaWolves back ahead in the top of the sixth when he belted his sixth home run of the season to right for a 2-1 lead. With two out, Wade Gaynor doubled to the alley in left and came in to score on a Moya single to right making it 3-1.
Jarrett Parker belted an opposite field solo home run with one out in the sixth to cut the Erie lead down to a run at 3-2.
The ‘Wolves would go back ahead by two runs in the top of the seventh against reliever Bryce Bandilla. Jason Krizan walked with two outs and scored on a Eugenio Suarez double making it 4-2.
The Flying Squirrels would not go quietly. In the bottom of the seventh, Erie reliever Brennan Smith retired the first two batters before allowing three straight singles to Harris, Tomlinson and Graham, loading the bases for Matt Duffy. Duffy sent a chop down the first base line and after a diving knockdown and one run scoring, Westlake threw the ball to Smith covering, however, an errant throw allowed the tying run to score.
Erie promptly untied the game in the top of the eighth against Bandilla. Ramon Cabrera doubled to right and scored on a Gaynor two-bagger making it 5-4. Moya followed with his third hit of the game, a run scoring double making it 6-4.
Reliever Corey Knebel, who got the final out of the seventh, worked a scoreless eighth and was sent out to work the ninth. After striking out Tomlinson, Knebel walked Graham to stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Graham scored on a Duffy sacrifice fly making it 6-5. Knebel struck out Parker to end the game and his record to 3-0.
Ferrell took the no-decision allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings.