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Squirrels Turn Lights Off on 'Wolves Rally
The SeaWolves mounted a late comeback on Saturday night but fell short to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-6 at Jerry Uht Park.
Richmond jumped ahead in the first against Wilsen Palacios. Kelby Tomlinson doubled with one out and scored on a Matt Duffy double for a 1-0 lead.
Erie took the lead in the second against Squirrels starter Adalberto Meija. Ramon Cabrera and Steven Moya each singled, putting runners on the corners. An errant throw to first scored Cabrera and moved Moya into scoring position. Moya scored on a Dean Green double making it 2-1 SeaWolves.
Richmond quickly regained the lead in the third. Tyler Graham, Tomlinson and Duffy all singled, tying the game as Graham scored. Mario Lisson doubled home Tomlinson for a 3-2 Squirrels edge. Jarrett Parker followed and belted a three-run home run to right making it 6-2 Richmond.
Erie closed the gap to three runs in the fourth. Francisco Martinez singled and stole two bases moving to third. He scored on passed ball making it 6-3.
Richmond added one in the eighth against reliever Slade Smith to go back ahead by four at 7-3.
In the last of the eighth, Devon Travis walked and Ramon Cabrera singled with two outs bringing Moya to the plate. Before Moya stepped in, a downtown Erie power outage knocked out the lights and a 22-minute delay ensued. When play resumed, Moya crushed a three-run home run, his 15th, off of Josh Osich making it a one-run game at 7-6.
Erie had two on base in the ninth inning against reliever Cody Hall but failed to score the tying run, falling 7-6.
Palacios (4-4) allowed six runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in four innings.