It took twelve runs, five pitchers and some clutch hitting by Daniel Fields for the Erie SeaWolves to snap a six game losing skid and walk off a winner over Portland 8-7. The win put Erie back in sole possession of first place in the Western Division.
The scoring started early has Portland Plated the first two runs. In the first, XanderBogaerts doubled in Shannon Wilkerson and Bogaerts advanced to third on an error by Daniel Fields in center field. Tony Thomas knocked in Bogarets to end the first with Portland up 2-0. The Sea Dogs tacked on another two run in the third when Michael Alamanzar scored on a Travis Shaw single.
Erie then rallied in the bottom of the third to pull ahead 4-3. Luis Castillo and Jamie Johnson moved into scoring position for Eugenio Suarez who drove in Castillo with a fielder's choice. Hernan Perez followed up with a single to score Johnson. Daniel Fields was put aboard and both Fields and Perez scored on a bases clearing double from Collins.
Portland tied the game in the fourth, with Almanzar singling in Wilkerson. Erie quickly responded.
In the bottom of the fifth, Erie pulled ahead. James McCann singled into left field, however a fielding error by Tony Thomas moved McCann to second and scored Tyler Collins from first. When Wade Gaynor singled to put runners on the corners, the SeaWolves successfully pulled the double steal to move Gaynor the second and score McCann. The scoring was capped when James Robbins doubled home Gaynor to make it 7-4 Erie.
Both bullpens kept the game quiet until the eighth inning. Michael Morrison put two runners on to lead off the inning and a Wilkerson triple pulled Portland within one run of Erie. A wild pitch ended the outing for Morrison and tied the game at 7.
Neither team was able to fully crack the other's bullpen for several innings. Erie put runners in scoring position in the tenth and eleventh while failing to score. They finally broke through in twelfth. Luis Castillo walked and reached second on a fielding error by Almanzar at third. Daniel Fields singled home Castillo to end the game with Erie winning 8-7.
Both starters finished with a no decision. Ramon Garcia lasted just 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and four runs while Anthony Ranudo had his worst start of the year, lasting 4 and 2/3 innings giving up seven runs and seven hits. The Erie bullpen combination of Will Clinard, Baine Hardy and Justin Souza combined for 6 2/3 innings, no earned runs and eight strikeouts with Souza winning the game. The losing pitcher for Portland was Miguel Celestino.