The Erie SeaWolves wound up on the wrong end of an excellent pitching performance as Drake Britton's one hit starting effort led the Portland Sea Dogs to a 6-0 victory.
Britton worked a season high eight innings with a season high eight strikeouts. The lefty carried a no hitter through the sixth inning before inning leadoff man Hernan Perez smashed a double off the wall. Britton would strand Perez and allowed only one other base runner all game, a walk to Wade Gaynor in the second.
Warwick Saupold struggled against Portland and labored through six innings giving up a season high six runs. Solo homeruns by Michael Almanzar and XanderBogaerts helped Portland get out to an early 4-0 lead after three.
Saupold worked two scoreless frames before allowing two more in the sixth inning. Catcher Matt Spring brought home two runs on a double that capped the scoring.
Erie relievers Tyler Clark and Tyler Stohr combined to throw three shutout innings to close out the game. The two of them only allowed three total base runners in the final three frames.
The SeaWolves will go for the series win Wednesday night behind lefty Matt Crouse (4-4, 4.38 ERA) while Portland will send knuckler Charlie Haeger (2-2, 3.79 ERA) to the hill.
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