SeaWolves Drop Series Finale in Reading

By Erie SeaWolves | April 8, 2018 5:38 PM

The SeaWolves dropped the series finale to the Reading Fightin Phils, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon at First Energy Stadium.

Reading jumped ahead in the first inning against Erie starter Kyle Funkhouser, taking their first lead of the series. Malquin Canelo singled and moved into scoring position on a groundout. Canelo scored on a Zach Green double for a 1-0 lead.

Erie responded in the top of the second against Reading starter Jake Waguespack. With one out, Kenny Wilson walked, and Josh Lester and Herlis Rodriguez each singled, loading the bases for Arvicent Perez. A wild pitch plated Wilson, tying the game 1-1. Perez singled home Lester, giving the 'Wolves a 2-1 lead.

The SeaWolves added to the lead in the third. Gabriel Quintana reached on a one-out error and scored on a Rodriguez single for a 3-1 advantage.

The Fightins cut into the lead in the last of the third. Canelo led off with a single and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a Kyle Martin sacrifice fly to make it a 3-2 game.

Funkhouser would exit after three innings, taking a no-decision in his Double-A debut. He allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.

Reading mounted a comeback in the sixth against Erie reliever Matt Hall. Green led off and connected on an opposite-field solo home run, tying the game. Cornelius Randolph and Jan Hernandez followed with consecutive singles, pushing the go-ahead run into scoring position. Emmanuel Marrero then reached on an error, loading the bases for the top of the lineup. Hall walked Zach Coppola, scoring Randolph for a 4-3 Reading lead. Canelo followed with a two-run double scoring Hernandez and Marrero making it 6-3. Coppola would eventually score on a wild pitch for a 7-3 Reading lead.

The Fightins would add one more in the eighth against reliever Fernando Perez. Austin Bossart led off with a single and moved to second on an error. He would score on a Perez wild pitch for an 8-3 lead.

Hall (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

The SeaWolves begin a three-game series on Monday night against the Bowie Baysox at Prince George's Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Lefty Tyler Alexander (0-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound for Erie making his season debut against RHP Hunter Harvey (0-0, 0.00 ERA).

The SeaWolves dropped the series finale to the Reading Fightin Phils, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon at First Energy Stadium.

Reading jumped ahead in the first inning against Erie starter Kyle Funkhouser, taking their first lead of the series. Malquin Canelo singled and moved into scoring position on a groundout. Canelo scored on a Zach Green double for a 1-0 lead.

Erie responded in the top of the second against Reading starter Jake Waguespack. With one out, Kenny Wilson walked, and Josh Lester and Herlis Rodriguez each singled, loading the bases for Arvicent Perez. A wild pitch plated Wilson, tying the game 1-1. Perez singled home Lester, giving the 'Wolves a 2-1 lead.

The SeaWolves added to the lead in the third. Gabriel Quintana reached on a one-out error and scored on a Rodriguez single for a 3-1 advantage.

The Fightins cut into the lead in the last of the third. Canelo led off with a single and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a Kyle Martin sacrifice fly to make it a 3-2 game.

Funkhouser would exit after three innings, taking a no-decision in his Double-A debut. He allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.

Reading mounted a comeback in the sixth against Erie reliever Matt Hall. Green led off and connected on an opposite-field solo home run, tying the game. Cornelius Randolph and Jan Hernandez followed with consecutive singles, pushing the go-ahead run into scoring position. Emmanuel Marrero then reached on an error, loading the bases for the top of the lineup. Hall walked Zach Coppola, scoring Randolph for a 4-3 Reading lead. Canelo followed with a two-run double scoring Hernandez and Marrero making it 6-3. Coppola would eventually score on a wild pitch for a 7-3 Reading lead.

The Fightins would add one more in the eighth against reliever Fernando Perez. Austin Bossart led off with a single and moved to second on an error. He would score on a Perez wild pitch for an 8-3 lead.

Hall (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

The SeaWolves begin a three-game series on Monday night against the Bowie Baysox at Prince George's Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Lefty Tyler Alexander (0-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound for Erie making his season debut against RHP Hunter Harvey (0-0, 0.00 ERA).

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

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