ERIE, Pa.--- The Erie SeaWolves clinched a series victory after going yard four times in the 7-4 win against the Altoona Curve Sunday at UPMC Park.
For the third straight game against the Curve, the SeaWolves scored first. Dominic Ficociello bounced a single through the middle to score A.J. Simcox, and then Christin Stewart brought in Zach Cox on a sacrifice fly to right. After one inning of play, Erie led 2-0.
Altoona tied it up off of A.J. Ladwig in the third inning. Curve left fielder Logan Hill hit a two-run home run to left field to make it 2-2.
The SeaWolves wasted no time to breaking the tie with Dominic Ficociello's fourth home run of the season. The switch-hitter's two-run blast off of Cody Dickson gave Erie the 4-2 lead going into the fourth.
Miguel Gonzalez and Kody Eaves homered in back-to-back at bats in the fourth inning to escalate the lead to 6-2 on Dickson.
After Lance Parrish pulled Gonzalez in the seventh, the Curve scored on a two-RBI single from Jerrick Suiter off of Victor Alcantara to get within two runs at 6-4.
Erie landed another insurance run thanks to the 19th home run of the season from Christin Stewart. The shot to centerfield made it 7-4 SeaWolves in the seventh.
Bryan Garcia shut down the Curve in the 9th to pick up his third save of the year and the SeaWolves won their third straight game.
A.J. Ladwig (5-1) earned another win for Erie and Cody Dickson (0-2) picked up the loss.
The SeaWolves conclude the series Monday by sending LHP Matt Crouse (4-1, 4.59 ERA) to the mound against Altoona's RHP Austin Coley (1-2, 3.01 ERA). First pitch for the series finale is set for 7:05 PM at UPMC Park.
Tomorrow is another Fireworks Night presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery, all part of the Independence Day Celebration at UPMC Park.
Fans can also enjoy an All-American BBQ Picnic at UPMC Park on Monday featuring BBQ chicken, pulled pork, brisket, corn on the cob, watermelon and more, as included in a $25 ticket that includes admission to the 90 minute buffet as well as the game.
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