Courtesy: Erie SeaWolves
The SeaWolves and Aeros meet in the second game of the series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. LHP Ramon Garica (1-4, 4.91 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Toru Murata (6-5, 3.65 ERA).
The SeaWolves snapped a two-game skid with a thrilling 3-2 win over the Akron Aeros on Monday night at Canal Park.
Erie jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Akron starter Matt Packer. Brandon Douglas doubled with one out and scored on a Ramon Cabrera two-out single for a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Marcus Lemon led off with a single and was sacrificed to second on a James Robbins bunt. Jamie Johnson singled putting runners on the corners. With Douglas batting, Johnson and Lemon executed a double steal, scoring Lemon for a 2-0 lead.
The Aeros got on the board in the last of the third against Erie starter Victor Larez. Matt Lawson singled with one out and moved to third on a Jose Ramirez base hit. Tyler Naquin sent a tapper down the first base line that Larez fielded, threw to the plate but not in enough time to retire Lawson making it 2-1.
The SeaWolves added a run in the sixth. Daniel Fields led off, was hit by a pitch and stole second. Fields moved over to third on a Cabrera groundout and scored on a Tyler Collins double making it 3-1.
The Aeros threatened on Erie reliever Will Clinard in the seventh. Chris Wallace and Lawson started the inning with back-to-back hits. Ramirez laid down a bunt and on a throwing error by James McCann, Wallace scored making it a 3-2 game. Clinard got out of the jam only allowing one.
Melvin Mercedes entered the game in the bottom of the ninth, gave up a leadoff single to Lawson and a two-out single to Adam Abraham bringing the league’s top RBI man to the plate in Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar belted a ball to deep center that Fields made an amazing catch on to preserve the Erie win. The save for Mercedes was his 12th.
Larez (9-7) earned the win allowing a run on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in five innings.
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