The SeaWolves rallied in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, only to fall by a run to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 2-1 at UPMC Park.
Binghamton plated a pair of runs in the top of the second against SeaWolves starter Anthony Vasquez. With one out, Kevin Taylor singled to center and with two outs, Patrick Biondi walked. Colton Plaia and Luis Guillorme followed with back-to-back run scoring singles, giving the Ponies a 2-0 lead. It would be the only two runs of the day allowed by Vasquez but it proved to be costly.
Rumble Ponies starter Mickey Jannis held Erie hitters in check for seven scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Erie offense came alive in the bottom of the ninth inning against reliever Corey Taylor. With one out, Mike Gerber singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Christin Stewart singled home Gerber to make it a 2-1 game. Dominic Ficociello followed with his third hit of the game, a line drive double to center that skipped over the center field wall, resulting in a ground rule double, costing the SeaWolves from tying the game. Taylor then intentionally walked Gabriel Quintana, loading the bases, setting up a force at each bag. He then induced a pop out off the bat of Grayson Greiner for the second out and was saved by a running catch by Biondi in center, robbing Kody Eaves of the game-winning hit.
Vasquez (2-1) was the tough luck loser allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk while striking out a season-high five.
Jannis (2-0) earned the win for Binghamton.
The SeaWolves remain at home on Monday as they host the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates) for a three-game series at UPMC Park. First pitch on Monday is set for 6:35 p.m.
Monday is a Buck Night presented by Budweiser and Rocket 101. Fans can enjoy concessions specials of Smith’s Hot Dogs, Pepsi fountain drinks, popcorn and select domestic draft beers for just $1 each.