The SeaWolves jumped ahead early on Wednesday afternoon at UPMC Park, and held on for a 6-3 win over the Bowie Baysox. The 'Wolves took two of three in the series and are now in a tie for first in the Western Division.
The SeaWolves struck first for the third straight game and second straight in the first inning. Zack Cox and Dawel Lugo each singled with one out. With two outs, Steven Moya walked, loading the bases for Gabriel Quintana. Quintana walked, scoring Cox for a 1-0 Erie lead.
Erie added to the lead in the second. Wade Hinkle and A.J. Simcox started the inning with back-to-back hits. Harold Castro failed to sacrifice the runners to third as Hinkle was retired on the bunt attempt. Cox followed with a walk, loading the bases for Lugo. Lugo singled home a pair, giving the SeaWolves a 3-0 lead.
The SeaWolves once again extended their lead in the third. With one out, Quintana and Grayson Greiner each singled through the left side. Hinkle followed with a three-run blast to right for a 6-0 lead. It was Hinkle's second three-run home run in the past four games and his third home run of the year.
Bowie closed the gap in the sixth against Erie starter Artie Lewicki. Heading into the inning, Lewicki had allowed just two hits, but he would not make it out of the inning. Erick Salcedo led off with a double. With one out, Austin Wynns walked bringing Garabez Rosa to the plate. Rosa grounded to Cox at second and on an error by the first baseman Hinkle, Salcedo scored and Rosa reached safely. D.J. Stewart followed with a walk to load the bases. Chris O'Brien doubled home Wynns and Rosa to make it a 6-3 game. Kurt Spomer came in and got Erie out of the jam, retiring the final two batters of the inning.
Erie's bullpen was once again lights out. Spomer, Sean Donatello, Victor Alcantara and Paul Voelker combined to toss 3.2 scoreless in relief of Lewicki. Voelker earned his fourth save, hurling a scoreless ninth. The Erie bullpen did not allow a run in 10.1 innings of work in the series.
Lewicki (9-3) earned the win and has won five of his past six starts. He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
Long (6-4) took the loss for Bowie allowing six runs on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
Erie will hit the road as they head to Richmond where they'll begin a five-game series in four days against the Flying Squirrels beginning on Thursday night at The Diamond. Righty Beau Burrows (3-3, 4.76 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Sam Coondord (3-9, 4.39 ERA).
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