The SeaWolves saw an early lead slip away only to battle back, winning their third straight game by taking down the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in walk-off fashion, 5-4, on Monday night at UPMC Park.
The SeaWolves took the lead in the second inning against Rumble Ponies starter Harol Gonzalez. Kody Eaves singled with one out and moved into scoring position on a Chace Numata single. Cam Gibson singled home Eaves for a 1-0 lead. Numata would later score on a passed ball for a 2-0 lead.
The 'Wolves added onto their lead in the fifth. Numata led off and was hit by a pitch. Gibson followed with his second hit of the game, moving Numata to second. The baserunners advanced on a Derek Hill flyout to center and Numata scored on an Isaac Paredes groundout for a 3-0 lead.
Erie starter Anthony Castro began his night tossing five scoreless frames. Binghamton would strike back in the top of the sixth. Ali Sanchez led off with a single and with one out, David Thompson homered to left making it 3-2.
Binghamton tied the game in the seventh against reliever Trent Szkutnik. Mike Paez led off, reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch. Quinn Brody laid down a bunt that he beat out for a base hit and on a Szkutnik throwing error, Paez scored from second to tie the game.
The Rumble Ponies would take the lead in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Andres Gimenez singled and stole second. He scored on a Paez double off the wall in left for a 4-3 advantage.
The SeaWolves immediately answered in the last of the eighth. With one out, Paredes blasted a solo home run off of reliever Erie Hanhold. The home run for Paredes was his sixth of the season.
Erie turned to Nolan Blackwood in the top of the ninth. Blackwood walked the leadoff man Gavin Cecchini. Jason Krizan sacrificed the runner to second, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Blackwood retired the next two hitters, sending the game tied into the bottom of the ninth.
Binghamton summed reliever Stephen Villines to work the bottom of the ninth. Kody Eaves led off and worked a walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Sergio Alcantara singled moving Eaves to third. Alcantara advanced to second on the throw in from right. The Ponies walked Numata, loading the bases for Gibson. Gibson delivered a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Eaves for the walk-off win.
Blackwood (4-2) earned the win tossing a scoreless ninth.
Villines (0-1) took the loss. The earned run he allowed in the ninth was his first in 14 appearances for the Ponies.
Castro took a no-decision allowing two runs on four hits with five walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work.
The SeaWolves continue the series against the Rumble Ponies as they seek their fourth straight win on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Manning (6-4, 2.60 ERA) will take the mound for the SeaWolves against RHP Andrew Church (0-2, 5.28 ERA).
TUESDAY, JULY 2 - Gates open at 6 p.m. | First pitch at 7:05 p.m.
Fireworks: Join us for spectacular post-game Zambelli fireworks set to the hits of Florida Georgia Line thanks to C.A. Curtze.
Fans can purchase a light up product from the SeaWolves Team Store to watch the fireworks on the field in front of the SeaWolves dugout.
Kids Eat Free: The first 250 kids, ages 12 and under, receive a voucher for a free Smith's hot dog, Utz chips and Pepsi fountain drink thanks to 94.7 BOB FM.
Two-Buck Tuesday: Fans 21 and older can enjoy $2 drink specials in the Bud Light Beer Garden through the sixth inning.
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