The Erie SeaWolves (43-39) found themselves in another pitcher's duel with the Harrisburg Senators (44-39) and the career day from Erie starter Jon Link led to the 'Wolves winning 2-1.
SeaWolves pitcher Jon Link (1-1) picked up the win, hurling his first professional complete game. Link threw just 88 pitches while allowing one earned, five hits and striking out three.
The SeaWolves opened the scoring in the fourth inning. Hernan Perez picked up a leadoff single, advanced to second on James McCann's groundout. Harrisburg starter Rob Gilliam then loaded up the bases when Luis Castillo singled and James Robbins was hit on an inside fastball. Wade Gaynor's single scored Perez and Castillo ended the inning being tagged out at home.
Harrisburg answered in the sixth inning. Sandy Leon picked up a leadoff walk, reached second on a wild pitch, and came scored on Brian Goodwin's RBI Double, tying the game 1-1.
Erie took the lead for good in the eighth inning. Perez started things off with a double down the third base line. During the play, a Destin Hood throwing error led to Perez ending up on third. James McCann's bouncer to first was thrown home, but Perez slid under the tag of the catcher Leon putting Erie up 2-1.
Senators reliever Neil Holland (0-3) got the loss in his lone inning of work, giving up one run on two hits. Starter Rob Gilliam did not receive a decision in a season high 5 2/3 innings with a season high seven strikeouts.The SeaWolves will go for the series sweep and first place in the West Division tomorrow night at 7:05 pm. Erie will send LHP Matt Crouse (4-6, 4.54 ERA) to the mound against RHP Nathan Karns (5-3, 4.02 ERA).