The SeaWolves could not hold onto a late lead on Thursday night in Trenton as they dropped the final game of a three-game series to the Thunder 5-4 at Arm & Hammer Park.
Erie jumped ahead on Trenton starter Mikey O'Brien in the second. James McCann led off with a double and was doubled home by James Robbins with one out for a 1-0 lead. Marcus Lemon singled home Robbins for a 2-0 lead.
Trenton cut the lead in half in the fifth against Warwick Saupold. Ali Castillo singled with one out and moved to second on a walk. Kevin Youkilis singled home Castillo making it 2-1.
Erie extended the lead in the eighth. Hernan Perez singled to right extending his hit streak to 13 straight games, the longest by a SeaWolves batter this season. Daniel Fields followed with his second double of the game putting runners on second and third. A wild pitch scored Perez and McCann brought home Fields on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.
The lead held until the ninth inning against Justin Souza. J.R. Murphy led off with a single and Slade Heathcott doubled putting runners on second and third. Walter Ibarra singled home Murphy making it 4-2. Neil Medchill lifted a deep sacrifice fly to right, scoring Heathcott, cutting the Erie lead down to a run at 4-3. Castillo singled to push Ibarra into scoring position and he scored on a Ramon Florez knock, tying the game. The blown save was the second for Souza, both have come against Trenton. Souza has given up seven runs on the season and five of the seven have come at the hands of Trenton.
In the 12th, Trenton loaded the bases on Erie reliever Michael Morrison on an error and two walks. Ryan Robowski entered and struck out Tyler Austin and Murphy. Heathcott then singled to shallow right, scoring Flores for a 5-4 Trenton win.
Saupold took the no-decision despite another brilliant performance. He allowed a run on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in seven innings.
The SeaWolves will look to snap the three-game skid on Friday night in Richmond at 7:05 p.m. LHP Matt Crouse (4-3, 4.63 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against LHP Caros Teller (0-0, 3.46 ERA).