Courtesy: Erie SeaWolves
The first place SeaWolves, trailing by four runs in the middle innings, plated eight unanswered runs against the league’s top pitching staff as they took down the Harrisburg Senators 9-5 on Friday night at Metro Bank Park.
The Senators struck for a run in the top of the third inning against Erie starter Warwick Saupold. With two outs, Billy Burns walked, stole second and scored on a Brian Goodwin knock for a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Harrisburg added to its lead. Steven Souza, Jr. led off with a single to center and he stole two bases moving to third. Souza, Jr. scored on a Ricky Hague fielder’s choice beating a throw to the plate for a 2-0 lead. Harrisburg then loaded the bases with a Sean Nicol single and a Jason Martinson walk. Sandy Leon doubled home a pair making it 4-0 Senators.
The SeaWolves got on the board in the top of the fifth against Harrisburg starter Taylor Hill when James McCann belted a solo home run, his seventh, to left-center making it 4-1.
Harrisburg quickly answered in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out homer off the bat of Justin Bloxom making it 5-1. That would be the final hit Saupold allowed as he went on to retire the final seven he faced in the game. Saupold went seven, allowing five runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in the no-decision.
Erie tied the game in the top of the sixth. James Robbins led off the inning and connected on a solo home to right making it 5-2. The home run was the seventh for Robbins. Jamie Johnson and Eugenio Suarez followed with singles bringing Daniel Fields to the plate. Fields grounded into what looked to be a double play, however an error by Martinson at short allowed Erie to load the bases for Ramon Cabrera. Cabrera laced an opposite-field double plating Johnson and Suarez making it a one-run game at 5-4. Tyler Collins walked to reload the bases and with one out, Wade Gaynor was hit by a pitch by reliever Tyler Herron, tying the game.
The Senators threatened in the eighth against reliever Will Startup. Souza, Jr. led off with a walk and was doubled over to third by Bloxom. With no outs, Hague grounded to third for the first out. Nicol followed and hit a ground ball to third that Gaynor threw to the plate. McCann was barreled over by Souza and held on for the second out. Startup induced a fly ball off the bat of Jerad Head to get out of the inning.
In the ninth, Matt Grace hit Johnson with one out to put the go-ahead run on base. Suarez blooped a single down the right field line putting runners on the corners for Fields. Fields sent a dribbler passed the second baseman plating Johnson for Erie’s first lead of the night. Cabrera followed, grounded to first and an out was recorded at second, but Cabrera got down the line quick enough to avoid a double play, allowing Suarez to score making it 7-5. McCann then nailed a two-run double down the left field line plating a pair for a 9-5 lead.
Melvin Mercedes worked a scoreless ninth to finish off the game.
The SeaWolves and Senators meet in the third game of the series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. RHP Kelvin Perez (1-1, 5.44 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Matt Swynenberg (4-0, 3.39 ERA).
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