Going into this week the ‘Wolves were just ½ a game behind second place but have now fallen 1 ½ games behind Harrisburg, who is currently in second place.
The Series That Got Away
The ‘Wolves lost the rubber match of a three game series with the Bowie Baysox 5-8 by giving up to two crucial late inning runs, putting the game out of reach for Erie. In the bottom of the 7th Erie was only down 5-6 but Tyler Stohr gave up one run in the top of the 8th and Zach Samuels allowed a run in the top of the 9th giving the win and the series to the Baysox
Bounced By Binghamton
Erie dropped three of four at home this week to the Binghamton Mets. The Mets, who are a ".500 team" like the SeaWolves, did not play as a mediocre club while in Erie. Binghamton outscored Erie 33-17 over the course of the four game series and played like a top notch club.
Binghamton jumped on the SeaWolves in the top of the first in game one and never looked back. The Mets scored two runs in the top of the first inning, followed by four runs in the third and six in sixth. Starter Kelvin De La Cruz took the loss by allowing six runs on six hits in four innings of work. Reliever David Kopp did not fair any better than De Le Cruz, by also giving up six runs on six hits. Erie had 12 hits in the game but could not put more than two runs on the board. Despite the loss Brandon Douglas had an amazing night at the plate by going 4-for-5.
Erie rebounded in game two by beating the Mets, 5-3. Nick Castellanos and Niuman Romero both had big offensive nights. Castellanos went 2-for-4 with one homerun and two runs batted in while Romero was also 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.
In the final two games of the series the team fell behind early in each game and just could not catch up losing game three 5-7 and game four 5-11.
The SeaWolves took down division leader Akron in the first two games of a four game road series, winning both games by a score of 8-5.
In the first game of the series, Ramon Garcia had a sensational outing by going seven innings allowing only three runs and five hits with eight strikeouts. Brandon Douglas almost hit for a cycle in the victory and just needed a homerun to complete the astonishing feat.
Erie won the second game thanks to big bat of first baseman Jordan Lennerton who hit his 15th homerun of the season, which is 2nd most in all of the Eastern League. Bruce Rondon earned his fourth save of the season by tossing a flawless ninth.
Also, pitcher Zach Samuels retired from minor league baseball.
The Road Ahead
Erie will wrap up a four game road series with the Akron Aeros on Friday and will then travel to Harrisburg to battle the Senators for four games before returning to Jerry Uht Park on the 4th of July.