(Erie, PA) - After trailing by two through four innings, the Erie SeaWovles scored six of the final eight runs to come from behind and defeat the Trenton Thunder for a second straight night, 9-7, Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park.
SeaWovles centerfielder Daniel Fields homered to lead of the seventh inning to snap a 5-5 tie and give his team the lead for good, part of his four-hit night that paced a 15-hit attack for Erie (61-53). The SeaWolves have taken the first two games of the series and have now won 10 of their last 11 home games.
The Thunder (59-57) got five RBI from Ramon Flores including a three-run home run (5) in the third inning. Trenton still maintains a three-game lead for the Eastern Division Wild Card spot over third-place Portland (lost to Richmond) and New Hampshire (defeated Bowie).
Trenton led 5-3 after four innings thanks to Flores' three-run blast and RBI single in the fourth that chased Erie starter Victor Larez. But the SeaWolves tied the game with two runs in the fifth against reliever Graham Stoneburner highlighted by four consecutive one-out singles.
Erie then took the lead for good with three runs in the seventh against Aaron Dott (1-2), starting with Fields ninth home run of the season. Later with a runner at second and two out, Wade Gaynor blooped an RBI single and came all the way around to score as Trenton botched a rundown and threw the ball into the vacant left field grass.
The Thunder plated two runs in the eighth against winning pitcher David Kopp (3-3) on Reegie Corona's single and Flores' bases-loaded walk. Fields' fourth hit of the game, a double off the left field fence against Zach Nuding, scored an insurance run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.
Trenton put two on with nobody out in the ninth against closer Melvin Mercedes, but Mercedes retired the next three hitters including Corona on a bloop to shortstop with the tying runner at second base. Corona went 4-for-5 on the night.
Game three of the series is slated for a 7:05 pm first pitch on Thursday night as the SeaWolves go for the sweep. Thunder right-hander Mikey O'Brien (6-6, 4.02) will pitch against right-hander Warwick Saupold (6-4, 3.31). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm.