The SeaWolves held off a late-inning charge at FNB Field on Thursday night and held on for an 8-7 win over the Harrisburg Senators, completing a series sweep.
The Senators struck in the bottom of the first inning against SeaWolves starter Josh Turley when Rafael Bautista led off with a solo home run to left for a 1-0 lead.
Harrisburg added to its lead in the fourth. Drew Ward singled with one out and with two outs, Spencer Kieboom belted a two-run home run making it 3-0.
The SeaWolves responded in the fifth against Harrisburg starter John Simms. Corey Joes led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Christin Stewart followed and crushed a two-run home run, his second, over the wall in right making it a 3-2 game. Connor Harrell followed and reached on an error. Kody Eaves then singled putting runners on the corners. Austin Green singled home Harrell, tying the game. Harold Castro laid down a sacrifice bunt pushing both runners into scoring position and with two outs, Gustavo Nunez singled home both, giving Erie a 5-3 lead.
Harrisburg cut into the lead in the sixth. Kevin Keyes led off with a double and moved to third on a one-out Isaac Ballou single. Kieboom singled home Keyes making it a 5-4 game. Erie would get out of the jam with two left on base.
Erie added to the lead in the seventh against reliever Robert Benincasa. Green led off with a double and moved to third on a Castro base hit. Anthony Gose doubled home both baserunners to give Erie a 7-4 lead.
In the eighth, the SeaWolves added a run against reliever Wader Suero. Harrell doubled off the wall with one out and scored on a two-out Green base hit. The hit for Green was his third of the game.
The Senators started the comeback charge in the eighth against reliever Tommy Shirley. Jose Marmolejos led off with a single and Keyes walked. Khayyan Norfork followed and sent a ball deep in the hole to short. On the play, Nunez gloved the infield single and attempted to throw out the runner at third. His throw went into the dugout allowing Marmolejos to score making it 8-5. Ballou grounded out to first, scoring Keyes making it 8-6. A wild pitch then scored Norfork from third, making it a one-run game at 8-7.
The Senators threatened in the ninth against reliever Paul Voekler. With one out, Marmalejos singled and with two outs, Shawn Pleffner walked to put the winning run on base. Erie summoned reliever Adam Ravenelle who induced a fly out off the bat of Ballou, ending the game. Ravenelle earned his first save.
Turley earned the win for the SeaWolves. He allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Simms (7-5) took the loss for Harrisburg allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
The SeaWolves return home Friday as they take on the Reading Fightin Phils in doubleheader action beginning at 4:35 p.m. One ticket is good for both games. Gates open at 3:30 p.m.
The first 1,000 fans receive a C. Wolf Hazard Perry Bobblehead thanks to L’Arche Erie. Fans can enjoy Happy Hour specials exclusively in the Bud Light Beer Garden from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.