Stewart Homers But Bullpen Struggles

By Erie SeaWolves | August 23, 2017 1:33 AM ET


The SeaWolves dropped their fourth straight game as they fell in the middle game of a three-game set to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 10-4, at UPMC Park.

Richmond jumped ahead in the top of the first against Erie starter Beau Burrows. Caleb Gindl led off with a single and with one out, Jerry Sands singled and K.C. Hobson walked to load the bases. Brandon Bednar and Daniel Carbonell each followed with back-to-back two-run doubles for a 4-0 lead.

Burrows would settle down after the first inning and tossed 4.2 scoreless in a no-decision. He walked two and struck out three.

Erie would battle back to tie the game and it started in the third. Grayson Greiner led off with a double and Gabriel Quintana singled. An A.J. Simcox sacrifice bunt pushed Quintana into scoring position for the top of the lineup. Kody Eaves grounded out, scoring Greiner, making it 4-1. Zack Cox singled home Quintana, cutting the Richmond lead in half.

In the fourth, Christin Stewart pulled the SeaWolves to within a run as he clobbered his league-leading 27th home run.

In the last of the fifth, Eaves tripled with one out and came home on a Cox double making it a 4-4 game.

Richmond took control in the seventh against the Erie bullpen. With one out, Rando Moreno doubled off of reliever Kurt Spomer. Jeff Arnold followed with a walk but was erased on a fielder's choice from Gindl off of Adam Ravenelle. Ravenelle walked C.J. Hinojosa, loading the bases. Sands singled home a pair to make it 6-4. Hobson, Bednar, Carbonell and Dylan Davis each followed with RBI singles, giving the Squirrels a 10-4 lead. Between the first two games of the series, the Erie bullpen has allowed 14 runs.

Squirrels reliever Carlos Alvarado (1-4) earned the win tossing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Spomer (5-4) took the loss allowing two runs on one hit with a walk and no strikeouts in 0.2 innings.

The SeaWolves will look to avoid the sweep on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at UPMC Park. Lefty Matt Hall (1-0, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against RHP Cory Taylor (4-10, 4.64 ERA).

Wednesday, fans can save $2 off their ticket by showing their AAA membership card at the UPMC Park ticket office. It's also the final Pennsylvania Lottery Winner Wednesday. Select fans will win prize packs courtesy of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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