Courtesy: Erie SeaWolves
The SeaWolves look for the series win on Monday afternoon at 12 p.m. LHP Matt Crouse (4-7, 4.59 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP David Bromberg (4-8, 3.38 ERA).
The SeaWolves took down the Altoona Curve on Sunday night at People's Natural Gas Field in a pitchers duel 3-1.
Erie broke a scoreless tie in the top of the second when Tyler Collins belted a one-out, solo home run off of Curve starter Jameson Taillon. The solo blast was Collins 13th and he also picked up his team leading 45th RBI.
Erie added to the lead in the fourth. Hernan Perez led off with a single and he stole his team-leading 24th base. Perez moved to third on a Ramon Cabrera groundout and scored on a James McCann RBI knock for a 2-0 lead.
SeaWolves starter Jon Link tossed six scoreless frames before running into trouble in the seventh. Charlie Cutler led off with a double, brining the tying run to the plate. With two outs, Mel Rojas, Jr. walked to keep the inning alive for Adalberto Santos. Santos singled through the right side, plating Cutler, making it a one-run game at 2-1. The 'Wolves brought in Will Clinard who walked Gregory Polanco to load the bases for Alex Dickerson. With the third pitching change of the inning, Will Startup entered and promptly induced a pop up off the bat of Alex Dickerson to retire the side.
Erie added an insurance run in the ninth off of reliever Quinton Miller. Perez led off with a single to the left side giving him his team-leading 28th multiple hit game. With one out, the Curve brought in Jonathan Ramos to face Collins. A Ramos balk moved Perez into scoring position for Collins. Collins lifted a bloop double into right, plating Perez from second for a 3-1 lead.
The 'Wolves turned the ball over to Melvin Mercedes in the bottom of the ninth. Mercedes struck out Andy Vasquez and Drew Maggi to start the inning. With two outs, Rojas, Jr. reached on an error and Santos was hit by a pitch bringing the winning run to the plate. Planco popped out to the third baseman Wade Gaynor in foul ground to end the game. Mercedes earned his third save.
Link (2-1) won his second straight allowing a run on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout in 6.2 innings.
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