The SeaWolves took down the Bowie Baysox, 3-2, on Saturday night in front of a packed house at UPMC Park.
The Baysox jumped ahead in the top of the second inning against Erie starter Beau Burrows. Aderlin Rodriguez led off with a double and moved to third on an Austin Hays base hit. Anderson Feliz singled home Rodriguez for a 1-0 lead.
The SeaWolves tied the game in the home half of the third against Baysox starter Bruce Zimmerman. Troy Montgomery led off with a walk and moved to second on a Cam Gibson sacrifice bunt. Montgomery got to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Danny Woodrow base hit to make it a 1-1 game.
Erie then took the lead in the fifth. With two outs, Montgomery walked and stole second base. Gibson followed and beat out an infield single and on a throwing error, Montgomery scored for a 2-1 advantage.
The 'Wolves added an insurance run in the ninth when Willi Castro connected on an opposite-field, solo home run off of Jay Flaa to make it a 3-1 game.
The Baysox made it interesting in the ninth inning against Erie reliever John Schreiber. Rodriguez led off with a single and got to second on an error. He scored on a one-out Feliz base hit to make it a one-run game at 3-2. With two outs, Schreiber hit a pair of batters to load the bases before inducing a game-ending groundout off the bat of Erick Salcedo to end the game, earning his 17th save.
Burrows (10-8) was superb for the SeaWolves in a quality start. He worked seven innings, allowing a run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Zimmerman (1-1) took the loss for Bowie allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in five innings.
The SeaWolves and Baysox play the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. at UPMC Park. Righty Alex Faedo (1-5, 5.40 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against LHP Keegan Akin (13-6, 2.92 ERA).
Sunday is a Wendy's Scratch & Win Sunday. The first 500 fans receive a Wendy's scratch off card and every card is a winner. It's also the final Giant Eagle/Star 104 Kids Crew Game. All Kids Crew members receive free admission. Erie Federal Credit Union members can use their Platinum MasterCard, debit card, or show their member ID to buy a regularly priced Sunday ticket and receive a voucher for a free Smith's hot dog and fountain drink with each ticket purchased. Must be presented at time of purchase. Limit 4 per member. After the game, all fans can play catch on the field.
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