The SeaWolves dropped the series finale to the Altoona Curve, 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon at People’s Natural Gas Field.
Altoona jumped ahead in the first against Erie starter Warwick Saupold. Alen Hanson and Drew Maggi connected on back-to-back singles putting runners on the corners. Josh Bell grounded out, playing Hanson for a 1-0 lead.
Erie tied the game in the third against Curve starter Tom Harlan. Dixon Machado led off with a single and stole second. He moved to third on a Craig Albernaz groundout and scored on a Jamie Johnson base knock.
Altoona regained the lead in the fifth. Gift Ngoepe led off, walked, reached second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a balk. Ngoepe scored on a two-out single from Bell making it 2-1.
The Curve extended its lead in the sixth against reliever Ryan Robowski. Dan Gamache and Keon Broxton each walked to stsart the inning. Willy Garcia singled, loading the bases for Carlos Paulino. Paulino lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Gamache for a 3-1 lead. A double steal allowed Garcia to take second and scored Broxton for a 4-1 lead.
In the seventh, Ramon Cabrera reached on a strikeout and a wild pitch and moved into scoring position on a Francisco Martinez knock. A Marcus Lemon sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position and Cabrera scored on a Jason Krizan groundout making it 4-2.
After the Curve added two more in the seventh, they would keep Erie off the board until the ninth. Dean Green led off with a double and eventually scored on a Lemon sacrifice fly making it 6-3. The ‘Wolves would get no closer.
Saupold (7-9) allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings of work.