The SeaWolves snapped a two-game slide as they took down the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 5-2, on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium.
The SeaWolves jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Binghamton starter Corey Oswalt. Jason Krizan led off the game and blasted a solo home run to right for a 1-0 lead. The home run for Krizan was his third of the season and second in as many games. With one out, Logan Watkins was hit by a pitch and Mike Gerber singled, putting runners on the corners. A passed ball brought home Watkins for a 2-0 lead. Christin Stewart then grounded out, scoring Gerber for a 3-0 lead.
Binghamton responded in the last of the first against Erie starter Artie Lewicki. Patrick Biondi led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. With one out, Kevin Kaczmarski grounded out, plating Biondi, making it a 3-1 game.
The Ponies cut the Erie lead down to a run in the last of the third. Champ Stuart led off, drew a walk and stole second. Biondi singled pushing Stuart to third for David Thompson. Thompson singled home Stuart making it 3-2. Lewick would get out of the frame with no further damage following a lineup and a double play.
The SeaWolves went back ahead by two runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, A.J. Simcox tripled and came home on a Krizan sacrifice fly. Krizan now has six RBI in the first two games of the series.
In the top of the seventh, Erie would extend their lead once again against Binghamton reliever Kelly Secrest. With two outs, Simcox and Krizan both singled, putting runners on the corners. Jeff McVaney followed with an RBI single to make it 5-2.
Binghamton threatened in the last of the seventh against the Erie bullpen. Josh Turley, who worked a scoreless sixth in his first relief appearance since April 19, 2014, got into a jam. He walked L.J. Mazzilli, hit Luis Guillorme and walked Colton Plaia, loading the bases. Erie brought in Mike Zagurski who promptly got the 'Wolves out the inning with no damage. He induced a Stuart pop out and struck out Biondi and Thompson to end the frame.
Paul Voelker earned his first save of the season working a 1-2-3 ninth.
Lewicki (1-0) earned the win allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings of work.
Oswalt (0-2) took the loss allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings.
The SeaWolves and Rumble Ponies meet in the rubber game of the series on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Lefty Matt Crouse (0-0, 18.00 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Casey Delgado (0-1, 9.00 ERA).
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