The SeaWolves once again struggled to hit with runners on base as they dropped their third straight game, falling to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Erie grabbed an early lead in the second against Binghamton starter Mickey Jannis. Gabriel Quintana led off with a single and moved to second on a Jake Rogers base hit. Herlis Rodriguez doubled to right, scoring Quintana for a 1-0 lead. A.J. Simcox followed with an RBI groundout, plating Rogers for a 2-0 lead.
Binghamton battled back in the third against Erie starter Kyle Funkhouser. Levi Michael led off and connected on a solo home run to left, making it a 2-1 game. Andrew Ely followed with a walk and moved to third on a John Mora base hit. Peter Alonso hit into a double play, scoring Ely, tying the game 2-2.
The Ponies would then take the lead in the fourth. With one out, Jeff McNeil tripled and scored on a wild pitch on a bang-bang play at the plate for a 3-2 lead.
Binghamton capped the scoring in the seventh against Erie reliever Matt Hall. With one out, Michael reached on an error and moved into scoring position on a Kevin Taylor base hit. Mora singled home Michael for a 4-2 lead.
Jannis (1-0) earned the win for the Ponies allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work.
Funkhouser (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits with a walk while striking out a season-high nine batters in the losing effort. The nine strikeouts were one-shy of tying his career-high.
Eric Hanhold tossed a pair of scoreless innings to earn his first save.
The 'Wolves went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and are 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position in the series.
The SeaWolves will look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Lefty Tyler Alexander (1-0, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound for the SeaWolves making his third start of the season.
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