The SeaWolves dropped the series finale to the Harrisburg Senators, 14-3, on Thursday night at FNB Field.
The Senators struck first in the in the bottom of the first inning against SeaWolves starter Artie Lewicki. Rafael Bautista led off with a single and stole second. Bautista moved to third on a groundout and scored on a Wilmer Difo groundout for a 1-0 Senators lead.
Harrisburg added to the lead in the fourth. Neftali Soto walked with one out and Drew Ward followed with a single. Isaac Ballou tripled home the runners for a 3-0 lead.
The Senators continued to grow the lead in the fifth. Steven Perez led off with a single. Bautista and Andrew Stevenson followed with back-to-back bunt singles, loading the bases. Difo lifted a sacrifice fly to left, plating Perez for a 4-0 lead. Soto then lined a three-run home run, his ninth, over the wall in left for a 7-0 lead.
Harrisburg once again added to its lead in the sixth against reliever Joe Rogers. Nick Rickles led off with a double and scored on a one-out Bautista base hit for an 8-0 lead. Stevenson then singled and Difo walked, loading the bases for Soto. Soto pounded an opposite-field grand slam to put the Senators ahead 12-0.
The SeaWolves cut into the lead in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Corey Jones singled to keep the inning going. Jones, who picked up his second hit of the game, extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Dominic Ficociello doubled home Jones making it 12-1. Jason Krizan then singled home Ficociello to make it 12-2.
Erie then made it a 12-3 game in the top of the eighth against reliever John Simms when Harold Castro crushed a solo home run to right. The home run for Castro was his third of the season. Castro had just four career home runs entering 2016.
The Senators added two more runs against reliever Angel Nesbitt in the eighth. Stevenson led off with a single and Difo followed with a two-run home run to right.
Mapes (8-6) earned the win for the Senators allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in seven innings.
Lewicki (0-1) took the loss allowing seven runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.
The SeaWolves return home on Friday night as they host the Altoona Curve in the first game of a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. RHP Myles Jaye (3-6, 4.15 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against LHP Cody Dickson (7-3, 3.84 ERA).
Friday, the first 1,000 fans ages 4-14 receive a free SeaWolves youth jersey courtesy of VisitPITTSBURGH. The SeaWolves will wear special Pittsburgh themed jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game with proceeds benefiting the MECA Miracle League Field project. Fans can also enjoy Happy Hour specials exclusively in the Bud Light Beer Garden until first pitch.