A back and forth game ended in favor of the SeaWolves as Erie clinched a series victory against Trenton with a 9-7 win at Jerry Uht Park.
Erie started the scoring in the first inning against Trenton starter Jeremy Bleich. With the bases loaded, Ramon Cabrera’s sacrifice fly and Tyler Collins’ RBI ground out gave the SeaWolves a 2-0 lead.
Trenton responded in the third. Ramon Flores, who would finish the night with five RBI, clocked a three run home run off Victor Larez to put Trenton ahead 3-2. In the bottom half of the inning, the ‘Wolves responded. Fields singled and stole second. After a Cabrera walk, Collins singled in Fields to tie the game at 3.
Trenton’s offense would knock Larez out of the game in the fourth. Jose Pirela’s solo home run gave Trenton a 4-3 lead. The Thunder would add another run when Flores singled home Reegie Corona to make it 5-3. Will Startup relieved Larez and worked three scoreless innings for the SeaWolves.
Startup’s relief would give Erie time to tie the game. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Wade Gaynor stepped to the plate. A wild pitch by reliever Graham Stoneburner scored from third to make it 5-4. Gaynor finished his at bat with a single that tied the game at 5.
Erie pulled ahead in the seventh. Daniel Fields led off the inning with a homer run to right field off reliever Aaron Dott. With the SeaWolves ahead 6-5, McCann doubled and was brought home on a Wade Gaynor RBI single. On the throw in, from right field, Gaynor was caught between first and second. On the relay, first baseman Casey Stevenson’s throw went wild into an empty left field, allowing Gaynor to score to finish the inning with Erie ahead 8-5.
Trenton didn’t go quietly, rallying in the eighth. With Gary Sanchez and Kyle Roller on board by walks, Corona singled home a run, cutting Erie’s lead to 8-6. Cody Grice and Ramon Flores drew back-to-back walks to plate another run, cutting the SeaWolves’ lead to 8-7.
Erie added an insurance run after Robowski finished off the top of the eighth. James Robbins led off the inning with a single and was plated when Daniel Fields notched his fourth hit. The RBI double from the center fielder put Erie ahead 9-7. Melvin Mercedes worked the ninth, retiring three in a row after a lead off walk and single.
Erie will go for the series sweep on Thursday when Warwick Saupold (6-4, 3.31) takes on Mikey O’Brien (6-6, 4.02) with first pitch at 7:05.