The SeaWolves swept the Trenton Thunder in doubleheader action on Sunday afternoon at UPMC Park by scores of 10-9 in game one and 5-4 in game two.
Trenton jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against SeaWolves starter Artie Lewicki. Rashad Crawford led off and walked, Thairo Estrada reached on an error and Gleyber Torres walked, loading the bases. Miguel Andujar laced a bases clearing triple for a 3-0 lead.
In the second, Devyn Bolasky led off with a triple and scored on a Francisco Diaz groundout for a 4-0 Thunder advantage.
In the top of the third, Andujar would give Trenton a 5-0 lead as he connected on a solo home run, his first of the season.
Erie closed the gap in the home half of the third against Trenton starter Yefry Ramirez. With one out, Jeff McVaney singled and Logan Watkins walked, putting two on for Mike Gerber. Gerber connected on a double to left-center, plating both baserunners, making it a 5-2 game. Christin Stewart followed with a two-run home run off the scoreboard in right center, his first of the season, making it 5-4.
The SeaWolves tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Jason Krizan sent a solo blast over the wall In right.
Trenton quickly regained the lead in the top of the fifth against reliever A.J. Achter when Andujar homered to left for his second long ball of the game.
It was Stewart again in the home half of the fifth when he blasted his second home run of the game, tying the game up at 6-6.
The game remained tied until the top of the seventh. With two outs, Billy Flemming singled off of Achter, putting the go-ahead run on base. Erie summoned Paul Voelker to face Andujar who promptly singled, pushing Flemming into scoring position. Billy McKinney then connected on a three-run home run to left, giving Trenton a 9-6 lead.
In the 'Wolves last at-bat, they again rallied against the Trenton bullpen. With one out, Dominic Ficociello singled and Miguel Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, putting the tying run at the plate in the form of Gabriel Quintana. Quintana belted a three-run home run to right, tying the game 9-9.
The game remain tied until the last of the 10th against reliever Matt Marsh. Watkins led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a Gerber fly out. Stewart was intentionally walked and Ficociello drew a walk, loading the bases. With two outs, Quintana singled off the bag at third, plating Watkins for the 10-9 win.
Mike Zagurski (1-0) earned the win for Erie in relief, tossing to scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout.
Trenton once again jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Erie starter Josh Turley. Thairo Estrada led off with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. With one out, Miguel Andujar doubled home Estrada for a 1-0 lead. Andujar would later score on a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Thunder advantage.
The SeaWolves quickly bounced back in the last of the first against Trenton starter Daniel Camarena. Jason Krizan and Jeff McVaney started the inning with back-to-back singles. A double steal pushed both into scoring position. With one out, Mike Gerber walked to load the bases for Grayson Greiner. Greiner singled home Krizan and McVaney, tying the game.
In the bottom of the second, Erie would take the lead on a one-out, solo home run from A.J. Simcox, his first Double-A hit.
Trenton went back head in the top of the fourth. Billy McKinney led off with a single and Zach Zehner homered to left for a 4-3 lead.
Erie tied the game in the last of the fourth when Argenis Diaz, in his first game down from Triple-A Toledo, blasted a solo home run to left center.
In the bottom of the sixth, Christin Stewart would connect on his third home run of the doubleheader, this time to left field, giving Erie a 5-4 advantage. Erie would finish the doubleheader with seven home runs.
The Erie bullpen closed out the game for the SeaWolves. Sean Donatello (1-1) earned the win as he bounced back from an Opening Day loss tossing two scoreless frames. Jeff Ferrell earned his first save tossing a 1-2-3 seventh.
The SeaWolves remain at home as they welcome the Bowie Baysox on Monday night at UPMC Park. LHP Matt Crouse takes the mound for Erie against LHP Tanner Scott.
Monday is the first Buck Night of the 2017 season presented by Budweiser and Rocket 101. Fans can enjoy Smith's Hot Dogs, Pepsi fountain drinks, popcorn and select domestic draft beers for just $1 each.
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