The SeaWolves suffered another tough defeat as they dropped the series opener to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 11-1, on Monday night at UPMC Park.
The Squirrels struck first in the opening frame against Erie starter Spencer Turnbull. Caleb Gindl got aboard with a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position on a Hunter Cole base hit. Myles Schroder was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs for Jerry Sands. Sands grounded back to Turnbull who errantly threw home to get the lead runner. On the play, Gindl scored for a 1-0 lead. Turnbull would then strike out the side to get out of the jam.
The SeaWolves answered in the bottom of the first against Richmond starter Tyler Herb. Mike Gerber homered to left with two outs, tying the game 1-1. It was the second straight game for Gerber with a home run and it was his 11th of the season.
The game remained tied until the top of the sixth. Sands reached base on a fielder's choice and stole second. With two outs, K.C. Hobson homered to right, giving Richmond a 3-1 lead. It was Hobson's third home run against Erie. Turnbull was lifted for Sean Donatello who gave up three consecutive singles to Brandon Bednar, Daniel Carbonell and Rando Moreno, scoring a third run for a 4-1 lead.
The Squirrels took control in the eighth against reliever Victor Alcantara. Aramis Garcia led off with a walk. After striking out Hobson, Alcantara walked Bednar and Carbonell to load the bases. He then walked Moreno, scoring Garcia for a 5-1 lead. Erie then brought in Mark Ecker to spell Alcantara. Gindl lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Bednar for a 6-1 lead. Cole then tripled home Carbonell and Moreno for a commanding 8-1 advantage.
The Flying Squirrels pulled away even further in the ninth. Garcia doubled with one out and Hobson walked. With two outs, Carbonell homered to left making it 11-1.
Herb (2-2) earned the win for the Squirrels. He tossed a complete game, allowing a run on four this with a walk and four strikeouts.
Turnbull (0-2) took the loss allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits with a walk and a season-high nine strikeouts. It was the second-highest strikeout total in Turnbull's career. He struck out 12 on September 1, 2015 while pitching with West Michigan.
Erie will look to rebound on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at UPMC Park. Righty Beau Burrows (6-3, 4.38 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Dillon McNamara (0-2, 9.28 ERA).
Tuesday features Kids Eat Free. The first 250 kids (ages 12 & under) will receive a voucher for a FREE Smith's Hot Dog, UTZ Chips and Pepsi fountain drink. Tuesday is also Two-Buck Tuesday. Fans 21 and older can enjoy $2 Budweiser and Bud Light draft beers exclusively in the Bud Light Beer Garden until the end of the sixth inning.
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