The Erie SeaWolves were on the wrong end of a career night as Harrisburg starter Robbie Ray pitched a complete game shutout in just his second AA start. The Senators took the first game in a four game set 7-0.
Ray pitched his first nine inning complete game this season, also setting a season high in strikeouts with 11 SeaWolves being sat down. Erie's best scoring opportunity came in the seventh. Down 6-0, the SeaWolves loaded the bases with Brandon Douglas, Brandon Fields and James McCann. Wade Gaynor worked a strong at bat that ultimately ended in a strike out to end the inning.
Erie starter Patrick Cooper blanked Harrisburg until the fourth inning. A single by Jimmy Van Ostrand followed a lead off double from Justin Bloxom, who finished the night 3-4. An RBI single by Justin Martinson made it 1-0 Senators. Van Ostrand was brought home when Rick Hague hit a towering homerun to make it 3-0.
Harrisburg struck chased Cooper from the game in the fifth with a leadoff single and walk, bringing in Michael Morrison from the Erie pen. Morrison walked Martinson to load the bases. A hard hit ball by Sandy Leon was misplayed on a backhand attempt by shortstop Eugenio Suarez. The error led to two Senators scoring extending Harrisburg lead to 5-0.
The Senators tacked on two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Martinson nabbed his second RBI in the seventh, singling in Bloxom. In the eighth, Bloxom grounded out to first with the bases loaded to bring home Sean Nicol.
The SeaWolves resume action tomorrow as they send Victor Larez (6-6, 5.11 ERA) to hill against Taylor Hill (1-2, 1.71) as the SeaWolves celebrate Flagship Niagara Night.