The SeaWolves could not hold onto a late lead as they dropped the series opener to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 4-3 on Tuesday.
Erie broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth against Squirrels starter Dan Slania. With one out, Dominic Ficociello singled and moved to second when Christin Stewart drew a walk. The runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out, Gabriel Quintana double for a 2-0 lead.
Erie's Beau Burrows hurled 5.1 hitless innings until giving out a double to Miguel Gomez in the sixth. Burrows would retire the next hitter before giving way to Sean Donatello. Donatello gave up a two-out double to Brandon Bednar, scoring Gomez, making it a 2-1 game.
The SeaWolves got the run back in the top of the seventh. Tim Remes led off with a double. Harold Castro followed and laid down a sacrifice bunt. On a throwing error from Myles Schroider, Remes scored from second making it 3-1.
Erie turned to Jairo Labourt to get the final out in the seventh and once again in the eighth. C.J. Hinijosa and Gomez started the inning with back-to-back singles. Schroder bunted the runners to second and third. A passed ball allowed Hinijosa to score, cutting the Erie lead down to a run. With two outs, K.C. Hobson doubled to right, scoring Gomez, tying the game.
The Squirrels then walked off in the ninth against reliever Adam Ravenelle. Daniel Carbonell led off and drew his third walk of the game. Jeff Arnold laid down a bunt to put Carbonell at second. With one out, Hinijosa singled home Carbonell for the 4-3 Squirrels win.
Richmond reliever Tyler Cyr (3-1) earned the win tossing a scoreless ninth.
Ravenelle (0-1) took the loss for the SeaWolves.
Burrows took a tough no-decision despite a solid outing. He allowed a run on one hit with four walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
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