The SeaWolves won their second straight game as they routed the Portland Sea Dogs, 18-1, on Wednesday night at UPMC Park. The 18 runs were a season high for the Howlers.
The SeaWolves jumped ahead in the bottom of the first against Sea Dogs starter Kyle Hart. Sergio Alcantara led off with a base hit. With one out, Daz Cameron grounded a ball back to the mound and the throw to second from Hart was dropped. Josh Lester followed the error with an RBI single to right giving Erie a 1-0 lead. Dominic Ficociello walked to load the bases for Jake Rogers. Rogers lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Cameron for a 2-0 lead. Will Maddox then singled home Lester for a 3-0 lead.
Erie climbed to a 5-0 lead with a solo home run from Cam Gibson in the second and a Jake Rogers in the third. For Gibson it was his fourth and for Rogers, his team-leading 14th.
The SeaWolves took a commanding lead against the Portland bullpen in the sixth. Harrison Cooney spelled Hart and did not record an out. Danny Woodrow led off with a walk and stole second. Gibson singled, moving Woodrow to third. Alcantara singled home Woodrow for a 6-0 lead. Willi Castro doubled home Gibson making it 7-0. Cameron followed with a two-run double for an 9-0 advantage. Lester and Ficociello then both connected on RBI doubles, giving Erie a 11-0 lead.
The ‘Wolves continued the rout in the seventh against reliever Jared Oliver. With one out, Alcantara and Castro started the inning with back-to-back singles. Cameron doubled home Alcantara making it 12-0. A wild pitch scored Castro and moved Cameron to third making it 13-0. Lester then walked and Ficociello singled home Cameron for a 14-0 lead. Rogers singled to load the bases and with two outs, Woodrow reached on an error, plating Lester. Gibson completed the five-run inning, drawing a bases-loaded walk, scoring Ficociello for a 16-0 lead.
The lone Portland run came in the top of the eighth against Erie reliever Christian Binford. Brian Dalbec and Tate Matheny each singled with one out, putting runners on the corners. Austin Rei singled to right, scoring Dalbec to make it a 16-1 game.
Erie would plate two additional runs in the eighth inning against Jordan Betts, a position player, to go ahead 18-1. Castro, Cameron and Lester started the inning with three consecutive doubles to score the runs.
Erie starter Beau Burrows (9-8) earned the win tossing five shutout frames. He allowed three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Hart (7-8) took the loss for the Dogs. He allowed five runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
The SeaWolves will look for the series sweep on Thursday night at UPMC Park at 7:05 p.m. Righty Alex Faedo (1-3, 3.89 ERA) will attempt to snap a three-game losing skid.
Thursday features Yuengling Happy Hour with $3 Yuengling draft beer specials exclusively in the Smith’s Sausage Shack until the end of the sixth inning. After the game, fans will be treated to spectacular Zambelli Fireworks.Wo