Courtesy: Erie SeaWolves
Tyler Stohr, Will Startup and Melvin Mercedes worked the final three innings for Erie, holding Altoona off the board and clinching the SeaWolves’ 67th win of the season. Erie will be back in action Monday as Kelvin Perez (1-1, 4.29 ERA) faces off versus Akron and Will Roberts (7-9, 3.88 ERA).
The SeaWolves used clutch hitting and strong pitching to close out their weekend series with the Curve on the right side of a 3-1 score. The win gave Erie a 3-1 series victory over Altoona.
Much like Saturday night’s win, the Curve struck first. In the third inning, SeaWolves starter Warwick Saupold gave up a leadoff triple to Mel Rojas Jr. A suicide squeeze by Alen Hanson plated the first and only run Saupold would allow. The Erie starter would work six innings allowing just one run on five hits with three strikeouts.
Erie responded in the bottom half of the sixth inning. A triple by Eugenio Suarez set up Daniel Fields. The center fielder’s chopper to short was fielded by Hanson who went to home with the throw. The ball sailed into the netting behind the plate allowing Suarez to tie the game and Fields to advance to second. Ramon Cabrera singled home Fields to put Erie ahead 2-1.
Erie’s insurance run came in the next inning. A leadoff walk by Wade Gaynor, a single by Marcus Lemon and a walk by Jamie Johnson loaded the bases. Fields nabbed his second RBI of the afternoon and put Erie up 3-1.
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