The SeaWolves could not make it back-to-back wins as they fell to the Altoona Curve, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park.
Erie jumped ahead in the first against Curve starter Brandon Waddell who was making his Double-A debut. Jeff McVaney singled with one out and scored on a two-out, Dean Green double for a 1-0 lead.
The lead held until the fifth inning when Altoona struck back against Erie starter Matt Crouse. Crouse, who tossed four scoreless, retired the first two of the inning. Jonathan Schwind singled and Christopher Diaz walked, extending the frame for the top of the lineup. Harold Ramirez singled Schwind, tying the game. Erich Weiss followed with a two-run single, making it 3-1 Curve.
The SeaWolves got one back in the bottom of the sixth when McVaney came up with his third hit of the night, a solo blast to left, making it 3-2. The home run for McVaney was his first of the season. He’s collected back-to-back three-hit games and has hit safely in eight straight.
Altoona added an insurance run in the ninth off of reliever Jose Valdez. Jose Osuna singled and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. With one out, Stetson Allie lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Osuna for a 4-2 lead.
Jared Lakind earned his first save of the season tossing a 1-2-3 ninth with a pair of strikeouts.
Waddell (1-0) earned the win. He allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Crouse (0-1) took the loss allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings of work.
The SeaWolves and Curve wrap up the series on Thursday morning at 11:05 a.m. RHP Myles Jaye (0-3, 5.87 ERA) takes the mound for the SeaWolves against RHP Jason Garcia (1-3, 6.86 ERA). It’s a UMPC Health Plan Education Day.