The SeaWolves had a pair of leads and attempted a late comeback, but they dropped the series finale to the Bowie Baysox, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at Prince George's Stadium.
The SeaWolves jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Bowie starter David Hess. With one out, Mike Gerber homered to right for his 10th of the season, giving Erie a 1-0 lead.
The Baysox tied the game against Erie starter A.J. Ladwig in the second. D.J. Stewart singled with one out and moved to third on an Aderlin Rodriguez double. Stewart scored on a Ryan Mountcastle sacrifice fly to right.
Erie regained the lead in the fourth as Christin Stewart led off and clobbered his league-leading 26th home run to make it a 2-1 game. It was also Stewart's 80th RBI of the season.
Bowie took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Hays led off and belted his 14th home run of th season, tying the game 2-2. With one out, Ladwig walked Stewart who also stole second to get into scoring position. With two outs, Mountcastle, Audry Perez and Erick Salcedo connected on three-straight RBI doubles for a 5-2 Bowie lead.
The Baysox increased their lead in the fifth against reliever Matt Crouse. Stevie Wilkerson led off with a single. Garabez Rosa singled with one out to push Wilkerson into scoring position. Stewart singled home Wilkerson for a 6-2 lead.
Erie closed the gap in the seventh. Will Maddox and Dawel Lugo each singled and advanced on a wild pitch into scoring position. With two outs, Stewart doubled home the baserunners to make it a 6-4 game.
The 'Wolves made it a one-run game in the eighth. Zack Cox led off with a double and scored on a two-out Maddox base hit making it 6-5. Maddox would get picked off at first to end the Erie threat.
Erie threatened in the ninth, loading the bases on Scott McGough on a Lugo walk and singles from Steven Moya and Stewart. Pinch hitter Harold Castro hit into a game-ending double play.
Hess (10-8) earned the win for Bowie allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Ladwig (7-6) took the loss allowing five runs on seven this with a walk and no strikeouts in four innings of work.
The SeaWolves return to UPMC Park on Monday as they host the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 7:05 p.m. It marks the start of the final homestand of the regular season. Righty Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 12.46 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Tyler Herb (1-2, 2.91 ERA).
Monday is the final Buck Night of the 2017 season presented by Budweiser and Rocket 101. Fans can enjoy $1 concessions specials of Smith's Hot Dogs, Pepsi fountain drinks, popcorn and select domestic draft beers.
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