The SeaWolves (27-28) snapped a three-game losing streak as they got their road trip started on the right foot, taking down the Trenton Thunder (33-23) by a 6-1 final on Friday at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Erie jumped ahead in the first inning when Derek Hill led off and hammered the first pitch of the game from Nick Nelson over the wall in left for a 1-0 lead. The home run for Hill was his seventh of the season.
Trenton tied the game in the home half of the first against Erie starter Casey Mize. Mize struck out Rashad Crawford to start the inning but then yielded three straight singles to Wendell Rijo, Hoy Park and Chris Gittens to load the bases. Mandy Alvarez grounded out to second, plating Rijo, making it a 1-1 game. Mize would get out of the inning with no further damage.
The SeaWolves regained the lead in the top of the fifth. Cam Gibson led off, drew a walk and stole second. Chad Sedio followed with a RBI triple off the wall in right for a 2-1 lead. Sedio scored on an Isaac Paredes sacrifice fly, giving Erie a 3-1 lead.
Erie added to the lead in the top of the sixth against reliever David Sosebee. Josh Lester led off with a single and moved into scoring position on a Cole Peterson base hit. Petereson's base knock extended his hitting streak to five straight games. A balk by Sosebee moved both baserunners into scoring position for A.J. Simcox. Simcox laced a triple to the alley in left-center, scoring a pair for a 5-1 lead.
The 'Wolves added one more run in the ninth against reliever Andrew Bellatti. Hill tripled with one out for Erie's third three-bagger of the game. He scored on a Paredes base hit making it 6-1.
Mize (6-0) went on to fire four scoreless innings after giving up the first inning run. He allowed a run on six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in five innings of work to earn his fourth consecutive win. Mize has now allowed one run in his past 25.1 innings of work.
Nelson (1-1) took the loss for Trenton allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
A pair of Erie relievers Trent Szkutnik and Joe Navilhon kept the Thunder off the board over the final four innings to preserve the win.
The SeaWolves and Thunder meet in the second game of the series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. RHP Matt Manning (4-3, 2.34 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Garrett Whitlock (3-1, 3.27 ERA).
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