Needing a rebound from their first series sweep suffered this past weekend, the Erie SeaWolves claimed their first shutout of 2019, 5-0 against the Bowie Baysox on Monday night at UPMC Park. The win was the fourth in a row versus Bowie and Erie improves to 8-6 on the year behind a pair of dazzling pitching performances.
Starter Nick Ramirez earned his first win after allowing just two hits in a career-high 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball, while tying a career-best seven strikeouts and walking none. Reliever Anthony Castro captured his first save by tossing 3.0 shutout frames and striking five and allowing just one base runner.
Not needing much to secure victory, the Erie offense got to work beginning in the third. Jose Azocar and Cam Gibson led off with back-to-back singles and then during a Sergio Alcantara strikeout, Gibson stole second and drew an errant throw from the Bowie backstop, Carlos Perez, allowing Azocar to score. Gibson would come in on an Isaac Paredes sacrifice fly to right and Derek Hill was later plated by a Kody Eaves RBI single to make it 3-0.
The final more came in the fourth for the SeaWolves when Jake Rogers led off with a base hit through the left side of the infield. Gibson, who recorded his team-high seventh multi-hit game of the season, tripled to right-center and scored on an Alcantara line-drive single.
Tomorrow night, the SeaWolves will send RHP Matt Manning (2-0, 1.62) to the mound against LHP Bruce Zimmerman (0-0, 2.45) first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. ET. Game two of three can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1330 AM, SeaWolves.com, or seen on MiLB.TV.
Tuesday features Kids Eat Free and Two-Buck Tuesday. The first 250 kids ages 12 and younger receive a voucher good for a Smith's Hot Dog, Pepsi fountain drink and bag of Utz chips thanks to 94.7 BOB FM. Fans 21 and older can take advantage of $2 drink specials exclusively in the Bud Light Beer Garden until the end of the sixth inning.
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