A wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as the Altoona Curve completed the sweep over the SeaWolves with an 11-10 win on Wednesday afternoon.
The SeaWolves jumped ahead in the top of the first against Altoona starter Cody Dickson. Gustavo Nunez walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Anthony Gose followed with a single and he stole second. Jason Krizan singled home the runners for a 2-0 Erie lead.
Altoona responded in the bottom of the first against Erie starter David Martinez. The Curve loaded the bases on three consecutive hits from Kevin Newman, Erich Weiss and Eric Wood. With one out, Anderson Feliz hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Newman making it a 2-1 game.
The Curve then tied the game in the second. Stetson Allie doubled and scored on a Jonathan Schwind double to make it 2-2.
Erie quickly regained the lead in the top of the third. Wynton Bernard and Nunez started the inning with back-to-back walks. Gose followed with a three run home run to left-center, giving the SeaWolves a 5-2 lead. The home run for Gose was his first and the three RBI were also his first in an Erie uniform.
In the top of the fourth, Kody Eaves and Bernard started the inning with back-to-back walks. Eaves stole third and scored on a Nunez groundout making it 6-2.
The Curve then came roaring back. In the bottom of the fourth, Allie singled with one out and moved to second on a Schwind walk. Weiss singled home Allie making it 6-3.
In the last of the fifth, the Curve would take the lead. Edwin Espinal walked and Feliz doubled to start the inning and ending the day for Martinez. Erie summoned Lendy Castillo who gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Barrett Barnes and Tomas Morales to make it a one-run game at 6-5. Allie followed with his third hit of the game, a three-run home run to left, giving Altoona its first lead of the day at 8-6. With two outs, Weiss doubled for his third hit. Wood followed with a two-run blast to left making it 10-6.
Erie closed the gap in the top of the eighth against Curve reliever Brett McKinney. Mike Gerber singled and Harold Castro doubled putting runners on second and third. With one out, Bernard lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Gerber to make it 10-7. Erie then loaded the bases on consecutive walks by Nunez and Gose. Krizan followed with a two-run single to right making it 10-9.
The SeaWolves tied the game in the top of the ninth against Curve closer Montana DuRapau when Gerber blasted a solo home run, his first, to straight away center to make it a 10-10 game.
Altoona would win the game in the bottom of the ninth against reliever Paul Voelker. Voelker had worked a 1-2-3 eighth and was sent back out for the ninth. Allie led off with his fifth hit of the game, a double down the left field line. Schwind laid down a sacrifice bunt pushing Allie to third. Newman then walked to put runners on the corners for Weiss. With Weiss batting, a Voelker wild pitch scored Allie from third, winning the game for Altoona.
DuRapau (3-1) earned the win for Altoona allowing a run on one hit in the top of the ninth.
Voelker (3-3) took the loss allowing a run on one hit with a walk and a strikeout in 1.1 innings.
Martinez took the no-decision for Erie allowing five runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings.
Erie returns home on Thursday night to take on the Reading Fightin Phils in the first of a four-game series.
Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris is scheduled to make a Major League rehab start for the SeaWolves. It is the first Detroit Tiger to rehab in Erie since 2009.
Tonight is also Pokémon Night. The first 100 trainers to show their Pokémon GO app while entering the stadium will receive a free SeaWolves cap. Trainers will be able to enter the ballpark at 5:30 p.m. to participate in a Pokémon Safari, and one trainer will win a Gameboy Color.