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Seawolves Early Offense Enough to Hold off Ponies Rally

July 20, 2021

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (24-40) fell to the Erie Seawolves 12-7 in the series opener Tuesday night at Mirabito Stadium. Erie (38-29) raced out to a 12-0 lead highlighted by an eight-run third inning and was able to hold off the Ponies rally in the later frames.

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (24-40) fell to the Erie Seawolves 12-7 in the series opener Tuesday night at Mirabito Stadium. Erie (38-29) raced out to a 12-0 lead highlighted by an eight-run third inning and was able to hold off the Ponies rally in the later frames.

The Seawolves were propelled by five home runs including a first inning homer from Spencer Torkelson. In the third, Erie hit two three-run homers courtesy of Ryan Kriedler and Drew Ward along with a solo homer from Josh Lester. Kerry Carpenter hit Erie’s third three-run home run of the night in the fourth inning.

The Ponies bullpen though would not allow a hit over the last five innings. Binghamton got their first hit off Erie starter Elvin Rodriguez on a solo homer from Wagner Lagrange in the fifth. Carlos Cortes would hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth that brought the Ponies to within six. Manny Rodriguez drove in a run in the eighth to make it 12-7.

Ponies starter Luc Rennie (1-6) took the loss as he was charged with seven runs over two and two thirds innings. Rodriguez (3-2) earned the win allowing five runs over five and a third frames with one walk and six strikeouts.

The two teams continue their series on Wednesday night with first pitch at 6:35 PM as RHP Jose Butto makes the start for the Ponies in his Double-A debut.

POSTGAME NOTES: The two teams combined for seven home runs…Lagrange, Matt Winaker, and Rodriguez had multi-hit games…Tommy Wilson, Andrew Edwards, and Tom Hackimer combined for five scoreless and hitless innings of relief.