ERIE, Pa - The Erie SeaWolves (41-47) suffered a slew of fielding mistakes as they dropped the opening game of the five game series 10-2 to the Altoona Curve (46-39).
The Curve struck first in the opening frame on Erie starter Liarvis Breto. Cole Tucker got a leadoff walk before attempting to come around and score on a Stephen Alemais double, but was tagged out at home on a 7-4-2 relay to Jake Rogers. During the play, Alemais reached third before coming in to score on a sacrifice fly from Bryan Reynolds as Altoona took an early 1-0 lead.
The SeaWolves immediately responded in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. Danny Woodrow got aboard with a leadoff single, stole second, reached third on a Sergio Alcantara base hit and came home on a sacrifice fly from Josh Lester.
The Curve retook the lead in the second when Bralin Jackson got a two-out double before coming around to score on Christian Kelley's RBI-double. After two, Altoona led 2-1.
The Curve added onto their lead in the fifth. With two outs, Tucker got on with a double before coming in to score on Alemais' single as Altoona took a 3-1 lead.
The Wolves rebounded in the sixth inning. Kody Eaves nailed a leadoff double and advanced to third on a Rogers groundout. Will Maddox slapped a double to left to bring the Wolves within one at 3-2.
The Curve responded in the seventh inning on Erie reliever Sandy Baez. Tyler Gaffney got aboard with a one-out single, reached second on a Cam Gibson fielding error, and then advanced to third on a throwing error from Jake Rogers. The rightfielder came home on Tucker's sacrifice fly as Altoona went up 4-2.
The Curve got a buffer zone in the eighth after Will Craig lead off the frame with a hit by pitch and advanced to second on a second on a Jordan George walk. Craig eventually scored after Bralin Jackson reached on an error by Alcantara, and Altoona led 5-2.
The Curve would pull away for good in the ninth on righty Fernando Perez. After Gaffney got aboard via a hit by pitch, he reached third on back-to-back walks for Tucker and Alemais. Craig brought him home with everyone being safe due to a missed catch error on Alcantara. Alfredo Reyes brought in Tucker and Alemais on a two-RBI double, before coming home with Craig on a two-RBI single by Logan Hill.
Curve pitcher Eduardo Vera (2-3) picked up the win, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two in six innings.
SeaWolves pitcher Liarvis Breto (2-2) got the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings.
The Wolves are back in action tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader starting at 4:35 pm. Erie will send RHP A.J. Ladwig (5-4, 6.39 ERA with Triple-A Toledo) to the mound for game one against Altoona' LHP Cam Vieaux (5-1, 2.08 ERA). For game two, the Curve will have RHP Scooter Hightower (0-0, 7.36 ERA).
The first 1,000 fans aged 15 & up will receive a free Henley Hoodie courtesy of Velocity Network Friday.
Fans can enjoy $3 specials on select domestic draft beers exclusively in the Bud Light Beer Garden until the game starts.
After the game, stick around for autographs with C. Wolf and a SeaWolves player in the Team Store presented by Plyler Entry Systems.
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