The SeaWolves completed a series sweep over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 14-9, on Sunday afternoon at UPMC Park.
The Fisher Cats jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Erie starter Tyler Alexander. Jonathan Davis led off with a walk which was followed by back-to-back singles by Tim Lopes and Anthony Alford. Harold Ramirez grounded into what looked like a double play ball, but an error by Harold Castro allowed two runs to score for a 2-0 lead. With one out, Emilio Guerrero lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Alford for a 3-0 lead. Gunnar Heidt and Andres Sotillo each doubled to put the Cats ahead 5-0.
Erie got on the board in the bottom of the first against Cats starter Conner Greene. Castro led off with a double to extend his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Mike Gerber singled home Castro to make it a 5-1 game.
In the last of the second, Grayson Greiner and Castro each walked with one out. A passed ball advanced the baserunners and Gerber came up with his second hit of the game, an RBI double to cut the lead to 5-2. Dawel Lugo followed with a bouncer up the middle, plating a pair, to close the gap to a run at 5-4.
The SeaWolves then took the lead in the home half of the third. Gabriel Quintana led off with a single, Kody Eaves walked and Zack Cox singled to load the bases. Greiner hit into a double play, scoring Quintana, tying the game 5-5. Castro followed with his second double of the game, scoring Eaves for a 6-5 lead.
Erie then took a commanding lead in the fifth. Eaves and Cox each singled and Greiner walked for the second time in the game to load the bases for Castro. Castro promptly cleared the bases with a three-run triple down the right field line for a 9-5 lead. Castro finished the day 3-3 with a walk and four RBI. Castro scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-5. Erie then loaded the bases against reliever Francisco Rios on three walks to Gerber, Christin Stewart and Moya. Gabriel Quintana doubled home both Gerber and Stewart for a 12-5 lead. An Eaves single and a Cox sacrifice fly make it 14-5.
The Cats got three back in the eighth against reliever Gerson Moreno. Soltillo led off with a solo home run to left. Andrew Guillotte, Lopes and Alford all walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Guillotte and Ramirez singled home a pair to make it 14-8.
New Hampshire plated one more in the ninth off of Mark Ecker on a Lopes solo home run, but the ‘Wolves held for the big win.
Alexander (7-7) earned the win allowing five runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings.
Greene (4-9) took the loss for the Cats allowing 10 runs on 12 hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
The SeaWolves remain at home as they host the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP A.J. Ladwig (7-4, 4.58 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against LHP Tommy Milone (0-0, 3.38 ERA).
Monday is Buck Night presented by Budweiser and Rocket 101. Fans can enjoy Pepsi fountain drinks, Smith’s Hot Dogs, popcorn and select domestic draft beers for just $1 each.