It took a dramatic finish on Saturday night at Jerry Uht Park but the SeaWolves came out on the winning end of a 5-2 game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Richmond struck first when Javier Herrera led off the game and belted a solo home run, his 11th off of Erie starter Patrick Cooper for a 1-0 lead.
The SeaWolves tied the game in the third against Richmond starter Taylor Rogers. With one out, Wade Gaynor laced a double to left and scored on a Marcus Lemon opposite-field single.
The 'Wolves took the lead in the fifth. Rogers issued back-to-back walks to James Robbins and Gaynor to start the inning. Lemon followed and laid down a perfect bunt that was not fielded by the Squrriels, allowing the 'Wolves to load the bases. Jamie Johnson jumped on pitch and drove it to left, scoring Robbins for a 2-1 lead. Eugenio Suarez then walked against reliever Jose Valdez, plating Gaynor for a 3-1 edge. Hernan Perez singled home a pair to plate a pair capping a four-run inning and a 5-1 Erie lead.
The Squirrels cut into the lead in the eighth against reliever Tyler Stohr. Mark Minicozzi led off with a double to center for his fourth hit of the game. Mark Wagner singled home Minicozzi with one out making it 5-2.
In the ninth, Richmond loaded the bases against Erie reliever Melvin Mercedes. Ryan Lollis walked, Travious Relaford was hit by a pitch and Herrera walked. Mercedes retired Ehire Adrianza on a fly ball to left and Adam Duvall on a pop out at first. He then struck out Minicozzi to end the game, earning his first save.
David Kopp (1-2) earned the win tossing three scoreless frames in relief of the starter Cooper.
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