The SeaWolves came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 thriller on Friday night at Dunkin' Donuts Park as their three-game winning streak was snapped by the Hartford Yard Goats.
The starting pitchers for both teams were fantastic. Erie starter Myles Jaye worked six scoreless innings, allowing three hits with a walk and six strikeouts in a no-decision. Hartford starter Jack Wynkoop fired eight scoreless, also allowing just three hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
The game remained scoreless in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Mike Gerber belted an opposite-field home run off of reliever Shane Broyles for a 1-0 lead. The home run for Gerber was his fifth of the season and third in the past two games.
Erie turned to Ruben Alaniz in the ninth to attempt to shut the door. Ashley Graeter led off and sent a fly ball to right. The ball was dropped by Jeff McVaney leading to the go-ahead run getting into scoring position. Ryan McMahon singled home pinch runner Emerson Jimenez, tying the game. McMahon was erased at second trying to stretch the hit into a double. Drew Weeks followed and grounded to short. The ball was fielded by A.J. Simcox who fired to first, but was dropped by Gabriel Quintana leading to the second error of the inning. Dillan Thomas then homered to right, giving the Goats the win.
Broyles (1-0) earned the win allowing a run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts in an inning of work.
Alaniz (0-1) took the loss allowing three unearned runs on two hits with no walks and no strikeouts in 0.1 innings.
The SeaWolves and Yard Goats meet in the third game of the series on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. at Dunkin' Donuts Park. Lefty Tyler Alexander (1-3, 5.08 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Konner Wade (1-2, 2.42 ERA).
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