The SeaWolves offense exploded on Monday night at Jerry Uht Park as they took the opening game of a four-game series against the Altoona Curve 10-4.
The SeaWolves struck first in the opening frame against Curve starter David Whitehead. Wynton Bernard drew a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position on a groundout. With two outs, Dean Green doubled home Bernard for a 1-0 lead. Connor Harrell followed with a single to center, scoring Green for an early 2-0 lead.
Erie then took control of the game in the last of the third. Jeff McVaney led off with a walk and Jason Krizan, in his first game back from Triple-A Toledo, blasted a two-run home run, his seventh, over the wall in right for a 4-0 lead. Erie would load the bases on three consecutive singles from Green, Harrell and Corey Jones. With Grayson Greiner batting, a throwing error behind Jones at first by the catcher Jin-De Jhang, plated a pair of runs to make it 6-0 it moved Jones into scoring position. With one out, Harold Castro singled home Jones for a 7-0 lead. Kody Eaves followed with an opposite-field, two-run home run to left making it 9-0. Bernard then walked for the second time in the game and he scored on a McVaney knock for a 10-0 lead.
The Curve got on the board in the seventh against Erie reliever Cal Drummond. Jhang led off with a single and Eric Wood walked. With one out, Barrett Barnes doubled, plating Jhang making it 10-1. On the play, an error by Harrell in left allowed a second run to score. Christopher Diaz and Harold Ramirez followed with back-to-back walks, loading the bases. Erich Weiss singled to bring home Barnes and Diaz, cutting the lead to 10-4. The Curve would get no closer.
Erie starter Cory Riordan (4-4) was brilliant tossing six scoreless innings, earning the win. He allowed four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Whitehead (2-6) took the loss allowing 10 runs on nine hits with four walks and no strikeouts in three innings.
The SeaWolves and Curve meet in the second game of the series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Myles Jaye (2-4, 4.48 ERA) will take to the mound for Erie against Curve LHP Cody Dickson (4-2, 3.96 ERA).
Tuesday is 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.
Tuesday is also Bark at the Park night at Jerry Uht Park. Fans can bring well-behaved, leashed dogs to the game and be sure to check out the Pet Expo on the concourse!