Erie could not capitalize on a 5-RBI performance from Tyler Collins as the SeaWolves dropped the series finale with Richmond 10-9.
Neither starting pitcher earned a decision in the game, however both struggled early on the game with both lasting under six total innings.
Erie fell behind quickly when Richmond put up a five run first inning. Ryan Lollis was brought home on a single from Angel Villalona to start the scoring. Adam Duvall's sacrifice fly put the Flying Squirrels up 2-0. Richmond capped the scoring with a three run homerun from Brett Krill to make it 5-0.
Erie responded in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own. Tyler Collins, who would finish the day 4-5, cut the gap to 5-1, brought Daniel Fields home. Erie continued to cut into the lead in the third inning. Ramon Cabrera and Tyler Collins each hit RBI singles to cut the Richmond lead to 5-3.
Richmond extended their lead in the next half inning. Brett Krill scored when Marcus Lemon dropped a soft liner to make it 6-3. Joe Panik then singled home Tyler Latore to make it 7-3.
Erie continued to chip away at the deficit. In the fourth, Jamie Johnson's sacrifice fly scored Wade Gaynor to make it 7-4. In the fifth, Daniel Fields led off with a double. He then stole third and was able to score when the throw from Latore was flown into the outfield. Collins then added a solo homerun to make it 7-6 with Erie rallying.
Reading added a run in the sixth. Brett Krill walked to lead off the inning. He scored when Joe Panik notched his second RBI single of the day to make it 8-6 in favor of the Flying Squirrels.
Erie quickly responded. Johnson led off the sixth with a single and moved to third on another single by Eugenio Suarez. Fields hit a sacrifice fly to pull back within one.
Erie finally pulled ahead of Richmond in the eighth. Tyler Collins came to bat with the bases loaded and lined a single up the middle. The play scored Suarez and Fields to put the SeaWolves on top 9-8.
However, the Flying Squirrels rallied in the ninth to deflate the Erie momentum. Two leadoff singles by Javier Herrera and Villalona set up the force play when Adam Duvall grounded to Melvin Mercedes on the mound. The closer's throw to third was dropped by Gaynor, loading the bases. A wild pitch scored Herrera to tie the game and a sacrifice fly by Krill gave Richmond the lead and eventually the win.
The SeaWolves will be back in action for a five game in four-day series versus the Bowie Baysox. The two teams are currently tied for second place in the Western Division. The series kicks off Thursday Night with Bonnell Collision's Faith and Family Night at 7:05