The SeaWolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Harrisburg Senators on Wednesday night at FNB Field.
The SeaWolves jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Senators starter Boone Whiting. Wynton Bernard led off the game and connected on an opposite-field solo home run for a 1-0 lead. The home run for Bernard was his third.
Erie added to the lead in the fourth. Jason Krizan led off the inning with a single and Grayson Greiner followed with a monster two-run home run for a 3-0 lead. The home run for Greiner was his second and it was Erie’s first multi-homer game since June 20 against New Hampshire.
The SeaWolves again added to the lead in the sixth. Drew Longley doubled with one out and scored on a two-out Bernard base hit for 4-0 lead. The Senators then made the change to lefty Nick Lee to face Harold Castro. Castro was hit by a pitch, moving Bernard into scoring position. Tyler Bortnick followed with his third hit of the game, an RBI single, scoring Bernard for a 5-0 lead.
Harrisburg got on the board in the sixth against Erie starter Josh Turley. With one out, Wilmer Difo reached on a two-base error by the third baseman Kody Eaves. Neftali Soto followed with a single, scoring Difo to make it a 5-1 game.
Erie went back ahead by five runs in the top of the seventh against Lee. Dominic Ficociello led off with a single and he moved to second when Krizan reached on fielder’s choice. A balk by Lee advanced the runners to second and third. Lee then fired a wild pitch, scoring Ficociello to make it 6-1.
The Senators rallied against the Erie bullpen in the eighth inning. Austin Kubitza, who worked a perfect seventh, was back on for the eighth. He retired the first batter of the inning on a groundout. Difo followed and reached on an Eaves error at third. With two outs, Drew Ward and Kevin Keyes each walked, loading the bases. Spencer Kieboom singled home Difo to make it a 6-2 game. Shawn Pleffner followed with a bases-loaded walk, scoring Ward to make it 6-3. Paul Voelker then came in, and after a lengthy at bat, he induced a ground out off the bat of Adrian Sanchez, ending the Harrisburg threat.
Joe Jimenez worked a scoreless ninth inning, earning his seventh save in as many chances.
Turley (3-6) earned the win for Erie. He allowed an unearned run on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings of work. It was the seventh straight start for Turley working six or more innings and it was his third straight quality start.
Whiting (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs on 10 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
The SeaWolves look for the series split on Thursday night against the Senators at 7 p.m. RHP Artie Lewicki (0-0, 1.80 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Tyler Mapes (7-6, 3.49 ERA).