The SeaWolves came out on the losing end of an offensive showdown to the Harrisburg Senators, 13-10 on Monday night at FNB Field.
The Senators struck in a big way in the last of the second against Erie starter Tyler Alexander. Raudy Read led off with a double and was tripled home by Isaac Ballou for a 1-0 lead. Yadiel Hernanded followed and grounded to second. On the play, first baseman Gabriel Quintana muffed the throw allowing Hernandez to reach safely, scoring Ballou for a 2-0 lead. Osvaldo Abreau followed and popped to the catcher Grayson Greiner who dropped the ball, resulting in another error. Abreau singled and Khayyan Norfork followed with a three-run home run to make it 5-0. With two outs, Erie summoned reliever Santiago Garrido. Garrido gave up a two-run home run to Neftali Soto making it 7-0.
Erie would battle back in the fourth against Harrisburg starter Mark Blackmar. Christin Stewart led off the inning with a towering solo home run to make it 7-1. The home run for Stewart was his ninth and third in the past two games. Dominic Ficociello doubled down the left field line and Zach Cox walked putting runners on Quintana. Quintana singled home Ficociello making it 7-2. With one out, A.J. Simcox doubled home Cox and Quintana to make it 7-4. Harold Castro laid down a bunt single to bring the tying run to the plate in Jeff McVaney. McVaney blasted a three-run home run to left-center, his second of the season to make it 7-7.
Harrisburg quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth against Garrido. After striking out the first two batters of the inning, Garrido served up solo home run to Drew Ward to make it 8-7.
The SeaWolves then took the lead in the top of the fifth against reliever Ryan Brinley. Ficociello led off with a double, his second, and third of four hits. Quintana doubled home Ficociello, tying the game 8-8. Quintana later scored on fielder’s choice for a 9-8 lead.
The Erie lead was short lived as the Senators regained the lead in the home half of the fifth. With two outs, Hernandez walked, Abreau singled and Norfork walked to load the bases. Erie then replaced Garrido with Adam Ravenelle. Alec Keller put Harrisburg back on top with a bases-clearing double making it 11-9. Lisson followed with an RBI single, scoring Keller to make it 12-9.
Harrisburg added a final run off of Sean Donatello in the seventh. With one out, Norfork singled and Keller walked. Lisson singled home Norfork to make it 13-9.
Erie would get a final run in the eighth against reliever Phillips Valdez. Grayson Greiner led off with a walk and moved to second on a two-out McVaney walk. Mike Gerber singled home Greiner to make it 13-10.
Senators reliever Wander Suero worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, earning his fourth save.
Brinley (2-1) earned the win for the Senators allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Garrido (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in three innings.
Alexander took the no-decision. He allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts in a season-low 1.2 innings pitched.
Erie and Harrisburg meet in the middle game of the series on Tuesday night at FNB Field at 6:30 p.m. Righty Artie Lewicki (1-1, 6.38 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP John Simms (1-2, 2.93 ERA).