The SeaWolves dropped the opening game of a four-game series with the Akron RubberDucks, 4-2, on Monday night at Jerry Uht Park.
The Ducks struck first in the second against SeaWolves starter Thad Weber. Mike Papi walked with one out, Joe Sever singled and Todd Hankins walked with two outs, loading the bases for the top of the Ducks lineup. Greg Allen drew a walk, scoring Papi for a 1-0 Akron lead.
Akron added to its lead in the third. Jordan Smith led off, was hit by a pitch and stole second. He scored on a two out Joe Sever base hit for a 2-0 lead.
The SeaWolves answered in the fourth against Akron starter Rob Kaminsky. With one out, Connor Harrell on with a two out hit by pitch and moved into scoring position on a Grayson Greiner single. Austin Green singled home Harrell making it 2-1.
Akron went back ahead by two runs in the top of the sixth against reliever Tommy Shirley. With one out, Daniel Salters doubled and moved to third on a Hankins fly out. Allen singled home Salters making it 3-1.
In the seventh, Akron would take its largest lead of the game. Luigi Rodriguez tripled with two outs and scored on a Mike Papi base hit to make it 4-1.
The SeaWolves attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth against reliever Nick Maronde. Greiner led off and crushed a solo home run to left making it 4-2. The home run for Greiner was his seventh and second in the last two home games. With two outs, Dominic Ficociello singled to bring the tying run to the plate. Maronde retired pinch hitter Mike Gerber, ending the game, earning his fourth save.
Kaminsky (10-7) earned the win for Akron allowing a run on four this with two walks and three strikeouts in 7.1 innings.
Weber (0-2) took the loss working five innings, allowing two runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
The SeaWolves and RubberDucks meet in the second game of the four-game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. LHP Josh Turley (7-8, 4.05 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Nick Pasquale (2-7, 4.92 ERA).
Tuesday night, it’s Kids Eat Free Night presented by BOB-FM. The first 250 kids (12 & under) receive a voucher good for a Smith’s Hot Dog, Pepsi fountain drink and bag of Utz potato chips. Fans 21 & older can take advantage of Two-Buck Tuesday presented by Erie Beer. Domestic draft beers are $2 each with this special available ONLY in the Bud Light Beer Garden until the sixth inning.