The SeaWolves dropped the opening game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Hadlock Field to the Portland Sea Dogs, 9-1.
Portland jumped ahead in the bottom of the second against Erie starter Spencer Turnbull. Josh Ockimey led off the inning and clubbed a solo home run to center for a 1-0 lead. Jantzen Witte followed and reached on an error. He stole second and moved to third on an error. Witte scored on a Luke Tendler base hit for a 2-0 advantage.
The Sea Dogs added to their lead in the third. Michael Chavis walked with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ockimey doubled home Chavis for a 3-0 lead. With two outs, Tate Matheny reached on an error and Tendler followed with a three-run home run to make it 6-0 Portland.
In the bottom of the fourth, Portland went ahead 7-0 when Chavis connected on a solo home run off of reliever Joe Navilhon.
The SeaWolves lone run came in the top of the sixth against Portland starter Matt Kent. Newly acquired Willi Castro led off with a double and moved to third on a Daz Cameron base hit. Josh Lester followed with an RBI groundout, scoring Castro to make it 7-1.
Portland made it a 9-1 game in the bottom of the sixth against Erie reliever Trent Szkutnik. Jeremy Rivera led off with a single and Chad De La Guerra followed with a two-run home run. It was the fourth home run of the game for the Sea Dogs.
Kent (7-7) earned the win for the Sea Dogs allowing a run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings.
Turnbull (4-6) took the loss for the SeaWolves. He allowed six runs, two earned, on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
The Portland Sea Dogs completed a doubleheader sweep on Thursday afternoon, taking down the SeaWolves in game two 5-0.
Portland jumped ahead in the second against Erie starter Beau Burrows. Jordan Betts and Tate Matheny started the inning with back-to-back walks. Austin Rei flew out to left and on the out, Betts advanced to third. A Burrows wild pitch scored Betts giving Portland a 1-0 lead.
The Sea Dogs extended the lead in the fourth. With two outs, the Dogs loaded the bases on three consecutive singles from Johnny Bladel, Deiner Lopez and Jeremy Rivera. Burrows hit Chad De La Guerra, bringing home Bladel for a 2-0 lead.
Portland again added to the lead in the fifth against reliever Caleb Thielbar. Matheny walked with two outs and Rei connected on a two-run home run for a 4-0 Dogs lead.
The Sea Dogs added an additional run in the last of the sixth against reliever Kurt Spomer. With two outs, Michael Chavis walked and was doubled home by Josh Ockimey making it 5-0.
Portland starter Kyle Hart (7-7) was brilliant in tossing a two-hit, complete game shutout. He lone Erie hits in the game were a single from Willi Castro and a Daz Cameron double. Hart allowed just four base runners in the game, walking a pair and he struck out five.
Burrows (8-8) took the loss for Erie allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
The SeaWolves head to Manchester, NH to begin a three-game weekend series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. RHP Alex Faedo (1-2, 3.94 ERA) takes the mound for Erie on Friday night.