Burrows Strong Again as 'Wolves Win Two Straight

By Erie SeaWolves | May 11, 2018 9:50 PM

The SeaWolves won their second straight game as they took down the Akron RubberDucks, 8-2, on Friday night at Canal Park.

Erie broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third against RubberDucks starter Sean Brady. Troy Montgomery led off with a walk and moved to second on a Sergio Alcantara base hit. Jacob Robson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Will Maddox then put Erie on the board with a two-run double to center. Maddox would advance to third on a wild pitch and score on a Josh Lester sacrifice fly to center making it 3-0.

The SeaWolves added to the lead in the fifth. They loaded the bases on a Robson base hit and consecutive walks by Maddox and Lester. Blaise Salter followed and hit into a double play, scoring Robson for a 4-0 lead. Dominic Ficociello then lined a base hit to right, scoring Lester for a 5-0 lead.

SeaWolves starter Beau Burrows began his night retiring the first 12 Ducks he faced before giving up a leadoff walk in the fifth to Bobby Bradley. The first Akron hit came on a Connor Marabell base hit with one out, moving Bradley into scoring position. Sicnarf Loopstock then walked to load the bases for Todd Hankins. Burrows induced an inning-ending double play ball to get out of the frame with no damage.

Burrows returned for the sixth inning but lasted just two batters. Ka'ai Tom led off and was hit by a pitch and Tyler Krieger walked, spelling the end of the day for the Erie righty. The SeaWolves summoned Zac Houston from the bullpen to face Willi Castro. Castro grounded to third and on a Lester error, Marabell scored to make it 5-1. Houston would go on to retire the next three hitters to get out of the inning

Erie went back ahead by five runs in the top of the seventh against reliever David Speer. Maddox led off with his second triple in as many days. Lester hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Maddox for a 6-1 lead.

The Ducks cut into the lead in the last of the seventh. Marabell led off with a double, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a Tom sacrifice fly to left making it 6-2.

The SeaWolves put the game out of reach in the eighth against reliever Henry Martinez. Kenny Wilson led off with a single and moved to second on an error. With one out and Montgomery hitting, Wilson stole third for his team-leading ninth stolen base. Montgomery eventually walked putting runners on the corners for Alcantara. A wild pitch, the seventh of the series for the Ducks, scored Wilson and moved Montgomery to second. Alcantara singled putting runners on the corners for the top of the lineup. A second throwing error on a pickoff to first from Martinez scored Montgomery for an 8-2 lead.

Jeff Thompson fired two scoreless innings to finish off the night for Erie.

Burrows (4-2) earned his third straight win. He tossed five-plus innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit with three walks and three strikeouts. It was the second start of the season for Burrows this season where he allowed just one hit. It was also his second straight start not allowing an earned run.

Brady (1-3) took the loss for Akron allowing five runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in five innings.

The SeaWolves will look for three straight wins on Saturday night against the Ducks at 6:35 p.m. Righty Sandy Baez (0-2, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Shao-Ching Chiang (3-0, 1.64 ERA).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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