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Erie SeaWolves lose 16-inning marathon to Trenton Thunder

By MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News

mike.copper@timesnews.com

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Erie SeaWolves second baseman Brandon Douglas throws to first for an out against the Trenton Thunder at Jerry Uht Park in Erie on May 19. The SeaWolves lost to the Thunder 9-6 in 16 innings

Ten runs over the first five innings. None over the next nine.

A did-you-see-that catch. An ambidextrous pitcher. A former New York Yankee.

The visitors scoring to seemingly win it. The hosts improbably prolonging it.

Thursday's 16-inning game between the Erie SeaWolves and Trenton Thunder featured all that.

What wasn't included for Erie when it ended was a win.

The Thunder scored three times in the top of the 16th to finally wrap up a 9-6 victory in what's believed to be the longest game by innings in Jerry Uht Park's 17-year history.

A season-high crowd of 4,698 was largely gone by the time Trenton's Fernando Hernandez ended the 4-hour, 44-minute matinee with a strikeout of Erie's Francisco Martinez.

"This one definitely hurts," said Erie's Brandon Douglas, whose two-out RBI single in the 15th retied the game at 6-6 and prolonged the marathon.

"When you're out there for so long like that, you might as well win it," Douglas said.

SeaWolves media relations director Greg Gania said it was the longest game he recalled at Uht Park since he first broadcast games there in 2006.

John Frey, Erie's general manger between 2000 and 2010, also said he couldn't remember a 16-inning home game.

Before Thursday, the longest confirmed game at Uht Park took place July 30-31, 2002.

The second game of a doubleheader between Harrisburg and Erie was suspended at 1-1 after 12 innings because of the Eastern League's 1 a.m. curfew. It was resumed the next day, with Harrisburg a 2-1 victor after 14.

Erie (17-20) also lost Thursday's epic despite nine innings of shutout ball from the sixth through the 14th innings from starting pitcher L.J. Gagnier and three relievers. Gagnier surrendered the Thunder's first five runs, but retired the last six batters he faced before manager Chris Cron pulled him after seven innings.

"I'm a big positive guy," Erie manager Chris Cron said of the loss, "so I draw upon the middle part of the game where the bullpen threw up lots of zeros. Nine scoreless innings, that's all you can ask for from our (pitching) side."

Trenton (21-18) finally took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 15th on Bradley Suttle's sacrifice fly off Ramon Garcia, Erie's fifth pitcher.

However, Douglas came through in the clutch that same inning. The second baseman's seeing-eye single up the middle off Hernandez scored pinch-runner Shawn Roof from second.

Garcia, though, couldn't make good on his second chance in top of the 16th. The left-hander (1-1) allowed Melky Mesa's leadoff single, Ray Kruml's RBI double and Addison Maruszak's two-run home run.

Hernandez (3-2) was the Thunder's sixth pitcher. Their second, Pat Venditte, struck out Erie batters right and left-handed, and their fifth, Kei Igawa, played for the Yankees in 2007 and 2008.

The SeaWolves looked like they'd win it in the bottom of the ninth against Cory Arbiso, Trenton's fourth pitcher.

Martinez doubled and was still on second with two outs when John Murrian lined a Norton pitch to right-center. Martinez likely would have scored the game-winner on Murrian's drive if not for Mesa.

The center fielder's belly-first catch in the gap stunned those in Erie's dugout.

"I still can't believe he made that catch," Douglas said.

Each team totaled 14 hits despite the lengthy scoring drought. Martinez had four hits for Erie, with Adam Calderone good for two in his first start.

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Erie SeaWolves lose series opener to Bowie Baysox

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

BOWIE, Md. -- The Bowie Baysox made every hit count Friday night, parlaying six hits into a 6-2 victory over the Erie SeaWolves in the opening game of a three-game series at Prince George's Stadium.

The Baysox, tied for 11th in the Eastern League in hitting with a .229 team batting average, scored twice in the first and added three runs in the third and held on to improve to 21-20 and remain in a virtual tie for first place with Altoona in the Western Division.

Erie fell to 17-21 and is in last place, but just 21/2 games behind the leaders heading into today's 6:35 p.m. game against Bowie.

The SeaWolves will get a look at one of the Baltimore Orioles' top pitching commodities in Brian Matusz, who will be making his second rehab start this week.

Matusz, who will oppose highly touted Erie right-hander Jacob Turner (1-1, 2.58 ERA), threw 60 pitches in four innings for the Orioles' high Class A affiliate in Frederick, Md., on Monday night.

Matusz, who was making his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list with a left intercostal muscle strain, struck out two, walked two, and gave up one earned run off two hits.

Matusz went 10-12 with a 4.30 ERA for Baltimore last year.

On Friday, Bowie starter Steven Johnson held the SeaWolves at bay over seven innings, allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out three. He improved to 2-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.06.

His offense provided plenty of support, touching Erie starter Luke Putkonen (0-5) for six hits and six runs -- five of which were earned -- in his five innings of work.

Bowie scored twice in the first inning on Robbie Widlansky's two-run double and he added an RBI single in the third to make it 3-0. Brandon Waring also contributed a run-scoring single in the third to build the lead to 5-0.

Erie's lone runs came in the eighth on a wild pitch and Bryan Pounds' RBI single.

Pounds and Jamie Johnson each had two hits for the SeaWolves, who left six runners on base to just two for Bowie

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Erie SeaWolves win on wild pitch in 12th against Bowie Baysox

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

BOWIE, Md. -- Jamie Johnson raced home on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the top of the 12th inning to give the Erie SeaWolves a 3-2 victory over the Bowie Baysox on Saturday night at Prince George's Stadium.

The victory boosted the SeaWolves' record to 18-21 heading into today's 2:05 p.m. rubber match of the three-game series.

Erie trailed 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh, as the SeaWolves could do nothing against Brian Matusz, the erstwhile Orioles standout making a rehabilitation start for the Baysox.

Matusz, one of the Orioles' top young pitchers, worked the first six innings and gave up just three hits while walking one and striking out one.

But the SeaWolves wasted no time in getting to his successor, Timothy Basco, as Bryan Holaday doubled, Audy Ciriaco singled him home, and then Ciriaco came around to score on Johnson's single.

The game remained tied until the 12th when, with one out, Johnson doubled, moved to third on Brandon Douglas' single and then, after a walk to Rawley Bishop, scored on Raul Rivero's wild pitch.

Erie reliever Chance Ruffin, who came on in the 10th inning, was lights out in the bottom of the 12th, striking out all three Bowie hitters in succession to nail down the win.

While Matusz turned in a sparkling effort for Bowie, Erie starter Jacob Turner was nearly as effective. The highly regarded right-hander worked eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out eight. He lowered his earned-run average to 2.53 on the season.

The SeaWolves out-hit the Baysox 11-6, with Johnson going 3-for-6 to lead the way and Ciriaco adding a pair of hits.

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'Wolves win 3rd in row

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Erie SeaWolves extended their winning streak to three games -- all on the road -- with a 6-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Monday night.

Erie -- 20-21 but only a game out of first place in the Western Division -- took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning against Squirrels pitcher Ryan Verdugo. Byran Pounds started the rally when he singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Pounds moved to third on a groundout and Michael Bertram walked to put men on first and third.

Audy Ciriaco grounded to second, but Skyler Stromsmoe made an error on the play and Pounds scored to tie the game. Adam Calderone followed with a base hit to score Bertram and give the SeaWolves a 2-1 lead they never relinquished.

Erie broke the game open with three runs in the seventh inning, helped by two Flying Squirrel throwing errors.

Justin Henry walked in the inning, extending his consecutive-game streak of reaching base to 20.

Casey Crosby got the win, pitching six innings and allowing one run on seven hits and striking out five. It was Crosby's first triumph since April 30. Reliever Rob Waite worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.

The two teams meet again in the second game of the four-game series tonight, with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. L. J. Gagnier (3-2, 4.05 ERA) takes the mound for Erie, while Eric Surkamp (2-2, 1.76) will pitch for Richmond.

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Erie SeaWolves fall to Richmond Flying Squirrels

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

RICHMOND, Va. -- For five innings Tuesday night, L. J. Gagnier appeared poised to pitch the Erie SeaWolves past the Richmond Flying Squirrels and extend Erie's winning streak to four games. Gagnier allowed only one base hit through the first five innings but fell apart in the sixth, allowing four Richmond runs en route to a 5-1 Flying Squirrels victory.

Both offenses sat dormant until Erie (20-22) opened the scoring in the top of the sixth inning, when Brandon Douglas reached base via a walk and scored on a Bryan Holaday two-out RBI single.

Richmond starter Eric Surkamp (3-2) regrouped and did not allow another Erie run, completing seven innings while striking out five and lowering his earned-run average to 1.53.

Gagnier (3-3) lost his composure in the bottom of the sixth as he faced eight batters and allowed four hits. Leadoff hitter Aaron Lowenstein reached on a single, followed by a one-out Justin Christian single. After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, Charlie Culberson reached on a fielder's choice to bring home the tying run.

Juan Perez put the hosts ahead with a two-run double down the left-field line, and Roger Kieschnick brought Perez home with a double of his own to give Richmond a 4-1 advantage. Richmond (21-23) added a fifth run on Ryan Lormand's RBI single in the seventh inning.

The SeaWolves failed in their attempt to reach the .500 mark as well as to match their longest winning streak of the season at four games. Rawley Bishop and Bryan Pounds each had two base hits for the SeaWolves, who out-hit Richmond 8-7 but stranded six runners on base.

Pounds extended his Eastern League-high road hit streak to 14 consecutive games. Justin Henry increased his on-base streak to 21 games with a third-inning double. Kieschnick went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Flying Squirrels.

Luke Putkonen (0-5, 8.15 ERA) faces Erie's Justin Fitzgerald (3-3, 3.67) tonight at 7:05 at The Diamond.

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Erie SeaWolves stumble against Richmond Squirrels

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

RICHMOND, Va. -- For the second straight game, Richmond's Juan Perez has hurt the Erie SeaWolves.

Perez, who broke a tie in Tuesday night's 5-1 win over the SeaWolves with an RBI double, took Erie's Luke Putkonen deep for a two-run homer in the fifth Wednesday, leading the Flying Squirrels to a 6-3 win in front of 3,709 at The Diamond.

A day after scoring one run, Erie struggled again against Richmond's league-leading pitching staff (2.82 ERA entering Wednesday). Erie scored all three runs in the eighth inning.

The Flying Squirrels jumped on Putkonen for two runs early when Johnny Monell hit an opposite-field home run, scoring Roger Kieschnick, who led off the second with a single.

Richmond knocked Putkonen out of the game with a three-run fifth, capped by Perez's homer.

Flying Squirrels starter Justin Fitzgerald (4-3) went seven scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing five Erie hits.

Putkonen (0-6) continued his stretch of rough outings. He has lost three straight and six out of his past seven. He allowed five runs on seven hits Wednesday, walking two and striking out one.

Bryan Pounds' 14-game road hitting streak ended, though Justin Henry extended his on-base streak to 22 games with a ninth-inning double.

The SeaWolves made three roster moves Wednesday. L.J. Gagnier, the starter in Tuesday's game, was promoted to Triple-A Toledo. Lefty Jay Voss was transferred from Class-A Lakeland to Erie to replace Gagnier.

Voss, who will start tonight, has a 5.81 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Erie in 2010. At Lakeland this season, Voss made six starting appearances, striking out 30 and only walking three in 332/3 innings.

Right-handed reliever Zach Samuels, who had a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings, also was promoted to Erie from Lakeland.

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Erie SeaWolves lose third straight game

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

RICHMOND, Va. -- A four-run seventh inning broke open a tie game and led Richmond to a 6-1 win over the Erie SeaWolves Thursday night at The Diamond in front of 6,084 fans.

Jose Flores and Justin Christian had the big hits in the inning for the Flying Squirrels (23-23), both hitting home runs, with Flores' scoring three.

Daryl Maday, Dan Otero and Edwin Quirarte combined to hold Erie to five hits as the top pitching staff in the Eastern League (2.80 team ERA entering the game) continued its dominance on a 91-degree night.

The loss is the third straight for the SeaWolves (20-24).

Erie's lone run came in the first inning after Brandon Douglas walked and stole second. Bryan Pounds then singled to score Douglas, but Michael Bertram grounded out to end the inning.

Audy Ciriaco had two hits for Erie.

Jay Voss took the loss for the SeaWolves, pitching 62/3 innings, giving up three runs with two earned and striking out six. Zach Simons pitched the final 11/3 innings.

The SeaWolves return home today in the first game of a four-game series against Reading.

The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with Erie right-hander Mark Sorensen (3-2, 3.67 ERA) scheduled to go against righty Josh Zeid (2-3, 5.19 ERA).

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SeaWolves beat Phillies in fog-shortened game

By VICTOR FERNANDES, Erie Times-News

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Erie SeaWolves pitcher Mark Sorensen pitches during the 2nd inning of the game against the Reading Phillies at Jerry Uht Park on May 27.

Michael Bertram and Mother Nature conspired to snap the Erie SeaWolves' three-game losing streak.

The SeaWolves rallied from an early five-run deficit as a thickening fog settled over Jerry Uht Park on Friday night. The outfield nearly was obscured when Bertram lofted a fifth-inning fly ball to left field.

"I knew the fog was coming in. So I tried to hit it in the air," Bertram said seemingly tongue in cheek after the SeaWolves' 11-7 fog-shortened win against Reading in front of 3,281 fans.

Instead of being an easy third out in the fifth inning, the ball fell between two helpless outfielders for a key two-run double. Bertram's second double of the game capped a four-run inning and a stretch of nine unanswered runs in a three- inning stretch that erased the Phillies' 7-2 lead.

Moments later, the umpires halted the game. An hour and 13 minutes later, they ended the game.

That kept the SeaWolves (21-24) from matching their longest losing skid of the season and dropping to a season-worst five games under the .500 mark. It also capped a bizarre day for the weary SeaWolves.

Thanks to a pair of hourlong traffic jams on their return trip from Richmond, Va., early Friday morning, the team didn't arrive in Erie until 8 a.m. The team also was without manager Chris Cron, who was in Arizona to attend his youngest son Kevin's high school graduation. He's expected to return today.

"I've (had games) rained out before. I've (had games) snowed out. But this is the first one" to be stopped because of fog, said Jerry Martin, the hitting coach and 40-year baseball veteran, who subbed for Cron.

The game moved along as slowly as the fog that rolled in off Lake Erie. The teams combined for 13 runs on 14 hits in the first three innings, which took 90minutes to complete.

By the time the fog delay began at 8:51 p.m., the teams had combined for 18runs on 22 hits through four-plus innings.

Reading (24-22) overcame a quick 2-0 deficit with a five-run second and two runs in the third. Paco Figueroa followed Derrick Mitchell's two-run double to headline the five-run outburst. Stephen Susdorf launched a two-run home run in the third. Erie right-hander Mark Sorensen surrendered all seven runs.

But Sorensen settled down, allowing no runs in the next two innings to earn the win. Meanwhile, Adam Calderone's run-scoring double and Justin Henry's two-run single in the third sparked the comeback.

"We played through it," Henry said, referring as much to the fog and as to falling behind early. Henry, the No. 9 hitter in the order, went 2-for-3 with two RBI. He has reached base in 24 consecutive games.

The SeaWolves tied the score at 7 in the fourth, as Phillies third baseman Carlos Rivero botched Audy Ciriaco's two-out grounder to allow Brandon Douglas to score. Douglas' two-run double in the fifth snapped the tie. Then Bertram's fog-aided, two-run double put the SeaWolves in control.

Shortly before Bertram's fortunate hit, Martin asked an umpire if it was difficult to see on the field. The umpire said yes. Phillies outfielders Michael Spidale and Mitchell, who couldn't find the fly ball, proved it. After the game was stopped, the SeaWolves wanted a quick decision from the umpires.

Their final decision was in the SeaWolves' favor.

"This is a funny game," Martin said. "When you think you've seen everything, you see something you've never seen before."

- Notes: Third baseman Bryan Pounds was promoted to Class AAA Toledo after the game. He replaces former SeaWolves infielder Danny Worth, who was recalled by the Detroit Tigers on Friday to replace former SeaWolves second baseman Scott Sizemore. He was traded to the Oakland A's. ... Erie also received left-hander Ramon Garcia swfrom Toledo and infielder Michael Rocket from Class A Lakeland (Fla.) on Friday. Right-hander Cory Hamilton was sent to Lakeland.

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Erie SeaWolves' bullpen falters in loss to Reading Phillies

By VICTOR FERNANDES, Erie Times-News

victor.fernandes@timesnews.com

Erie SeaWolves right-hander Casey Crosby deserved a better fate Saturday night.

And he wanted to control his fate, even as he reached the 100-pitch count.

"I was feeling good. I had great command. I was locating three pitches," he said after settling for a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Reading in front of 4,262 at Jerry Uht Park. "But that's the way baseball goes."

The left-hander tossed six innings of three-hit ball against the Phillies, who entered the game with the Eastern League's highest-scoring offense. He allowed one hit and faced two batters over the minimum through the first five innings, then overcame a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth.

Given the way Crosby pitched, it appeared first baseman Rawley Bishop's leadoff home run in the fourth off the Tullio Arena façade in left field would be the game's only run.

But the Phillies (25-22) scored twice off relievers Zach Simons and Chance Ruffin in the eighth to steal the win.

"We like the way he competed out there," SeaWolves manager Chris Cron said of Crosby.

But pitch count matters, Cron said, even with a pitcher who has allowed only one run in his past 18 innings. Besides, Cron said, the bullpen has performed well this season.

But on this night, Simons and Ruffin were unable to hold onto a 1-0 lead.

Holding a team that has scored 236 runs in 47 games to two runs this season is "a pretty good day," Cron said, who added, "They have boppers in the middle of their lineup. They've got that type of team."

With two outs in the eighth and the SeaWolves (21-25) still clinging to that one-run lead, No. 3 hitter Matt Rizzotti greeted Ruffin with a double off the left-field wall. Tuffy Gosewisch scored easily to tie the score, and Michael Spidale slid under catcher John Murrian's tag to give the Phillies the winning run.

Moments earlier, the SeaWolves appeared destined to escape the inning without surrendering a run.

Spidale's two-out single up the middle struck third-base umpire Jon Saphire, who was positioned between second and third because of the runner on second. Gosewisch was forced to remain at second because of the dead-ball call. Cron then called for Ruffin to replace Simons, and the move backfired.

"We didn't get the key outs that we needed to get," Cron said.

But it was the offense -- not the bullpen -- that deserved blame for the SeaWolves' fourth loss in the past five games. After scoring 11 runs on 12 hits in four-plus innings of a fog-shortened 11-7 win Friday night, the SeaWolves squandered several late-inning opportunities to pad their one-run lead.

With runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth, Audy Ciriaco lofted a fly ball deep to left-center field. But Phillies center fielder Derrick Mitchell made a leaping catch before crashing into the fence. The SeaWolves had two on base and two outs in the seventh before Brandon Douglas grounded out to short against reliever Justin De Fratus. Then Ciriaco flied out to the warning track in left field to end the eighth.

De Fratus retired the SeaWolves in order in the ninth.

"We play nine innings for a reason," Bishop said.

- Notes: Cron was ejected in the bottom of the eighth for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Andy Dudones. Cron has been ejected twice in his first season with the SeaWolves -- both by the same umpiring crew.

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Calderone delivers winning hit in 10th inning for SeaWolves

By VICTOR FERNANDES, Erie Times-News

Adam Calderone's eyes burned after the shaving-cream pie to the face.

But a little pain was worth the pleasure of turning a potential disappointing loss into a thrilling win for the Erie SeaWolves.

"I just tried to be aggressive," Calderone said of his line-drive single that scored pinch-runner Shawn Roof in the 10th inning of a 6-5 victory against Reading in front of 2,343 at Jerry Uht Park on Sunday. With runners on first and third and no out, Calderone stepped to the plate looking for a fastball. Phillipe Aumont, the Phillies' hard-throwing right-hander, threw a slider. But the pitched stayed up in the zone.

Calderone wasn't waiting for a better pitch. He sliced a base hit to left to score Roof, who entered the game following Bryan Holaday's leadoff single.

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SeaWolves fall behind early in loss to Phillies

By VICTOR FERNANDES, Erie Times-News

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Erie SeaWolves' Francisco Martinez is safe at third base as Reading Phillies' third baseman Tim Kennelly, takes the throw from the outfield during their game at Jerry Uht Park, on May 30.JACK HANRAHAN/Erie Times-News

Luke Putkonen still is searching for something positive to happen.

The Erie SeaWolves' right-hander remains winless this season after allowing seven runs Monday.

"He can't get it going early in games," manager Chris Cron said after the SeaWolves' 7-4 loss to Reading in front of 3,871 at Jerry Uht Park. "Hopefully (Putkonen will start strong in) the next outing."

The Phillies (26-23) used a five-run first inning against Putkonen to salvage a split of the four-game weekend series.

Stephen Susdorf's RBI single and Paco Figueroa's run-scoring double highlighted the decisive outburst from the Eastern League's highest-scoring offense.

But Putkonen, who fell to 0-7 with an 8.74 earned-run average, hurt himself in the inning with a lack of command. He walked two batters and hit another, and two of those baserunners scored. The Phillies also capitalized on SeaWolves catcher Bryan Holaday's throwing error, which allowed two runs to score.

The SeaWolves (22-26) also have one of the league's highest-scoring offenses, but have struggled to produce timely hits this season. Like the Phillies, the SeaWolves loaded the bases in the first.

But Michael Bertram struck out and Francisco Martinez grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat without a run scoring. Two fly outs ended a two-on, one-out opportunity in the second. Michael Rockett and Justin Henry struck out with runners on second and third in the sixth inning.

The SeaWolves out-hit Reading 12-10 but left 10 runners on base, including seven in scoring position. That lack of efficiency didn't help Putkonen, who settled down after the first before allowing Derrick Mitchell's two-run double in the fifth.

Putkonen finished with seven runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in five innings.

"That was one inning," Cron said, referring to Putkonen's rough start to his outing. "He gave us five innings. That's something to build on. He doesn't stop competing."

Cron isn't sure why Putkonen has struggled this season, especially early in games.

"I wish I knew," Cron said. "If I knew, I would fire it out there."

The SeaWolves put two runs on the board in the fourth to slice Reading's lead to 5-2.

Henry followed Rockett's sacrifice fly with a two-out RBI single that scored Adam Calderone. The Phillies regained a five-run lead at 7-2 in the fifth and protected that advantage into the ninth, when the SeaWolves mounted a rally.

Audy Ciriaco's double scored Henry and Brandon Douglas, but Rawley Bishop struck out and Bertram grounded out to end the game and seal the SeaWolves' fifth loss in the past seven games.

- Notes: Henry extended his league-best streak of reaching base to 27 straight games. Henry, who moved to the leadoff spot from No. 3 in the order, went 1-for-3 with a run scored and reached base three times. ... The SeaWolves traveled to Binghamton, N.Y., late yesterday for a four-game, three-day series against the Mets that begins with a 5:35 p.m. doubleheader today. The teams were rained out in Binghamton May 3. ... Left-hander Jay Voss (0-1, 4.05) faces Mets left-hander Robert Carson (1-6, 4.21) in Game 1. Right-hander Rob Waite (1-1, 4.74), who earned the win in relief against Reading on Sunday, faces right-hander Colin McHugh (0-0, 0.00) in the second game

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Erie SeaWolves split pair with Mets

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Erie SeaWolves split a doubleheader with the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday, winning the first seven-inning game 3-1 before falling 3-2 in the finale in extra innings.

Starting pitcher Jay Voss earned the win in the first game and improved to 1-1 as he stymied the Mets by allowing two hits in 51/3 innings. The only run he allowed came in the fourth inning when Joshua Satin hit a solo home run to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead.

Erie answered in the next inning when Michael Rockett hit a leadoff double. Shawn Roof then sacrificed Rockett to third base before Jamie Johnson hit an RBI single to tie the game at one run apiece.

The SeaWolves added two more runs in the game: An RBI single by John Murrian brought home Rawley Bishop in the sixth, and Johnson hit another RBI single in the seventh. Zach Simons then pitched a perfect 11/3 innings to earn his first save of the season.

As was the case in the first game, offense was hard to come by in the second game.

Erie got on the scoreboard in the top of the first when Johnson scored after Bishop grounded into a fielder's choice. However, Binghamton answered in the bottom half of the inning when Salomon Manriquez hit a single to drive in Jordany Valdespin.

The Mets earned their first lead in the third inning when Allan Dykstra worked the count to earn a bases-loaded walk off Erie pitcher Jared Gayhart. Erie answered in the fifth when Audy Ciriaco tripled and later scored to tie the game at 2-2.

But in the eighth inning, Binghamton got its first two baserunners after Dykstra led off with a single before Erie pitcher Austin Wood hit Eric Campbell with a pitch. Raul Reyes later hit a game-winning single to clinch the doubleheader split for the Mets.

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SeaWolves' Ciriaco leads 13-hit attack on Binghamton Mets

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Audy Ciriaco drove in four runs and Francisco Martinez knocked in three Wednesday as the SeaWolves scored in six consecutive innings en route to a 12-3 thrashing of the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium.

The 'Wolves (24-27) equaled their largest margin of victory of the season with a 13-hit attack that backed the effective pitching of starter Mark Sorensen.

The right-hander improved his record to a team-best 5-2 after allowing eight hits and three earned runs over seven innings.

Already leading 1-0, Erie broke the game open with a four-run third inning that was aided by an error by Mets second baseman Reese Havens. John Murrian started the inning with his first home run of the season and Jamie Johnson followed with a double to center.

After Brandon Douglas popped out, Justin Henry singled, moving Johnson to third. Rawley Bishop's potential double-play grounder was mishandled by Havens, allowing Johnson to score, and later in the inning Ciriaco drove in two more runs with a single.

Henry doubled in a run in the fourth to make it 6-1, Ciriaco added an RBI double in the fifth and Martinez belted a three-run homer the following inning to make it a rout.

Binghamton starter Jeurys Familia (0-2) took the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs -- three earned -- in four innjings.

Erie has taken two of three games in the series, which concludes with a 10:35 a.m. matchup this morning. The SeaWolves then return to Erie to open a weekend series against the Harrisburg Senators.

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Erie SeaWolves take series from Binghamton

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The SeaWolves continued their hot hitting, getting 11 hits and handing the Binghamton Mets an 8-2 loss Thursday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium in front of 4,951 fans.

Rawley Bishop and Michael Bertram led the attack for Erie (25-27) as Bishop had three doubles and drove in three while Bertram had two hits, including a home run, and also had three RBIs.

Erie scored two runs in the second inning against Mets' starter Tobi Stoner when Francisco Martinez led off with a double and scored on a single by Audy Ciriaco. Ciriaco then stole second and scored when Michael Rockett hit a single to left for a 2-0 lead.

Binghamton cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second, but the SeaWolves responded with three runs in the third to take command.

Bishop had the big hit in the third when he doubled off the wall in center to score two and up the lead to 4-1. Bertram doubled to score Bishop for a 5-1 Erie lead.

SeaWolves starter Casey Crosby (3-2) pitched 62/3 innings allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out six.

The SeaWolves beat the Mets 12-3 Wednesday behind a 14-hit attack.

Erie returns to Jerry Uht Park today, hosting the Harrisburg Senators at 7:05 p.m.

Right-hander Jacob Turner (1-1, 2.69 ERA) is scheduled to start for the SeaWolves against right-hander Erik Davis (2-1, 3.29 ERA) for Harrisburg.

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Bertram's homer lifts SeaWolves over Senators

By MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News

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Erie SeaWolves catcher Bryan Holaday reaches for Harrisburg Senator Jonathan Tucker as Tucker just misses tagging home plate during the 6th inning of the game at Jerry Uht Park on June 3. Tucker was out on the play

June is days old.

But considering how the Erie SeaWolves performed at home in that month last year, this June is already more successful for them at Jerry Uht Park.

And not just because of Michael Bertram's game-winning home run Friday night. The designated hitter was responsible for Erie's 6-5 victory over Harrisburg when he led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a blast off reliever Carlos Martinez.

"I was looking for a fastball," Bertram said of his season's third homer, which easily cleared the center-field fence and bounced off Harrisburg's bus. "Obviously, it was a fastball count (3-1), but the previous at-bat he (Martinez) threw me nothing but changeups."

The win was a change of sorts for Bertram. He was a member of the 2010 SeaWolves, whose 0-12 record at Uht Park that June effectively sank their season.

That won't happen this year, as a crowd of 3,917 watched Erie (26-27) claim its third straight win despite squandering a 4-0 lead.

"We wanted to keep everything going because we had a nice road trip in Binghamton," manager Chris Cron said of the SeaWolves' 3-1 effort this week in New York. "We had it going good early in this game. They (the Senators) battled their tails off, but we came back somehow, some way."

Harrisburg (30-22) lost its second straight after a 10-game winning streak allowed them the first sizable lead in the Eastern League's Western Division.

The Senators rallied from their early deficit thanks to cleanup hitters Tyler Moore and Derek Norris, who drove in all their runs over the seventh and eighth innings.

Norris, who homered in consecutive at-bats, gave Harrisburg a 5-4 advantage with a solo shot off Erie reliever Zach Simons in the eighth. Baseball America cited the Senators catcher as the Washington Nationals' No. 2 prospect behind teenage phenom Bryce Harper.

Erie immediately answered off Martinez (0-2).

Bertram lined out to right in his first at-bat against Harrisburg's lone reliever, but Audy Ciriaco and Bryan Holaday followed with consecutive doubles down the left-field line that made it 5-5.

Chance Ruffin (3-3) made sure Harrisburg got no second chances at a second lead over the ninth and 10th. The Erie closer retired all six batters he faced, which included four straight strikeouts.

"That was pretty impressive out of Chance," Bertram said. "For two innings, he just shoved it down their throat. And (Jacob) Turner pitched a great game too."

Turner didn't receive a decision for his fourth straight start, even though the right-hander lasted 71/3 innings. He retired the first 10 Senators and limited them to three hits over the first six.

Harrisburg finally got to Turner in the seventh. Moore led off with a double and Norris crushed his first homer to make it 4-2.

The SeaWolves scored their first three runs in the second off Harrisburg starter Erik Davis. Brandon Douglas came through with the biggest hit in their three-run rally, a two-run single to center that scored Ciriaco and Holaday.

Erie made it 4-0 in the sixth when Francisco Martinez scored from third on Davis' second wild pitch.

The teams return to Uht Park today, with Erie scheduled to face Harrisburg starter Oliver Perez. The left-hander pitched for the New York Mets the past five seasons, and with the Pittsburgh Pirates before that.

- Note: The Detroit Tigers activated right-hander Luis Marte, who pitched portions of Erie's past three seasons, from the disabled list Friday. The parent club then assigned the 24-year-old Dominican reliever to the SeaWolves and recalled reliever Zach Samuels to Single-A Lakeland (Fla.). Marte hasn't pitched in 2011 because of elbow problems that were aggravated during spring training. Last season, Marte was 2-2 with seven saves for Erie. However, he also walked 26 batters in 48 innings and had a 5.06 ERA in 38 games.

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Erie SeaWolves extend winning streak to four games

By MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News

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So much for respecting your elders.

As far as baseball goes, the Erie SeaWolves regarded Harrisburg starter Oliver Perez as an elder during Saturday night's game at Jerry Uht Park.

They immediately scored off the nine-year major league veteran on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Senators before a crowd of 4,284.

Perez, 29, signed with the Washington Nationals two days after the New York Mets released him March 21. He previously pitched for San Diego and Pittsburgh.

The SeaWolves, though, didn't appear overwhelmed by Perez's big-league background. They scored all their runs against the left-hander over the first four innings.

"He was throwing strikes, and he had a lot of off-speed stuff," Erie shortstop Audy Ciriaco said of Perez. "But we got a couple good pitches that we could handle in the counts. We had good swings and got some (hits) in the right situations."

Before Saturday, Perez (2-1) had an earned-run average of 0.75 in three starts since the Nationals assigned him to Harrisburg. He lasted seven-plus innings against Erie, surrendered eight hits, walked one and struck out five.

As for the SeaWolves (27-27), they've now won four straight and have a .500record for the first time since May 10.

That date happens to be the previous time they achieved that feat this year.

Erie matched its best winning streak on a night that Luke Putkonen outperformed Perez with his best start of the season.

Putkonen (1-7) avoided becoming the Eastern League's first eight-game loser. The right-hander retired the first seven Senators he faced, allowed four hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter in seven innings of shutout ball.

"(I'm) glad to get this one out of the way," said Putkonen of his first career Double-A victory. "I finally had some good stuff and a great defense behind me."

Ironically, Putkonen learned shortly after he spoke that the Detroit Tigers sent him down to Single-A Lakeland (Fla.). The move was made to make room for starter Brooks Brown, whose 12 victories were the most for the 2010SeaWolves.

Brown had been on the disabled list with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens since the 2011 season started.

Harrisburg (30-23) notched its lone run in the top of the eighth, when Jonathan Tucker scored from third on Rob Waite's balk. Tucker had two of the Senators' seven hits.

Austin Wood relieved Waite with one on and one out in the top of the ninth. The left-hander recorded his first save when he induced a game-ending double play off the bat of Harrisburg's Bill Rhinehart.

Erie scored its first two runs off Perez with two outs in the first. Consecutive singles from Francisco Martinez, Rawley Bishop and Ciriaco gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage.

Those runs equaled the amount Perez gave up in his previous three starts for the Senators.

Bishop and Ciriaco combined again for the SeaWolves' third run in the third.

Bishop used an inside-out swing to line a double off the right-field wall, and Ciriaco followed with a double that landed inches fair along the left-field line.

Ciriaco's double upped his team lead in RBIs to 27. The 23-year-old Dominican is encouraged by that fact, admitting that he's been a slow starter at the plate since turning professional in 2005.

"This is the best first half of a season in my whole career," said Ciriaco, who upped his batting average to .260. "To have this many (RBIs) so early gives me confidence."

Erie's Jamie Johnson and Michael Rockett each singled to extend their consecutive-game hitting streaks to seven and five, respectively. Rockett has hit safely in each of his five games since a May 28 promotion from Lakeland.

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Harrisburg Senators walk away with win over Erie SeaWolves

By MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News

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Erie SeaWolves rightfielder Michael Rockett just missed making this diving catch against the Harrisburg Senators at Jerry Uht Park on June 5. The Wolves lost to the Senators 7-4.GREG WOHLFORD/ERIE TIMES-NEWS

There were two kinds of freebies handed out at Jerry Uht Park on Sunday.

One was coupons for free burgers that fans received from Erie SeaWolves ushers.

The other was walks that Harrisburg's batters received via the home team's pitchers.

It was the latter charity that helped end the SeaWolves' four-game winning streak.

Harrisburg took advantage of nine walks for a 7-4 win before an afternoon crowd of 3,185.

The Senators drew three of them off Erie starter Jay Voss during their five-run rally in the top of the fourth inning.

Voss (1-2) departed in the midst of that uprising after his fifth walk forced home Harrisburg's third run. It was the shortest of his three starts since his May 25 promotion from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.)

"There were a couple times I wanted a call from him," Voss said of home plate umpire Tom Woodring, "but that's where I need to be more aggressive and make the adjustment to (the strike zone). I didn't do it in that situation."

Tyler Moore also lit up Voss for a gargantuan two-run home run earlier in Harrisburg's rally.

Moore's team-high 11th homer landed in Uht Park's batting cage storage area beyond deep center field.

The Senators never trailed after his blast en route to salvaging the teams' weekend series finale. They still maintain first place in the Eastern League's Western Division at 31-23, while Erie dropped to 27-28.

The SeaWolves succumbed in their second bid for a season-high five consecutive victories.

Erie's nine walks upped its cumulative total to 203. That number, which leads the league, hasn't escaped manager Chris Cron's attention.

"We talk about that with them all the time," Cron said of Erie's pitchers. "I think we've done a better job (limiting walks) recently, and that's enabled us to be in a lot more games. We're big on letting (batters) make contact with the ball, because we have such a good defense. That's baseball 101.

"But today, it just wasn't a good day for that."

Cron indicated that Voss, 24, will remain in Erie's starting rotation to give it a second left-hander with Casey Crosby.

The Detroit Tigers acquired Voss in a trade with the Florida Marlins last year. He strictly pitched out of the bullpen in 33 appearances with the 2010 SeaWolves.

"It's been fun, although it's a little bit different mind-set," Voss said of starting. "You've got to be aggressive for a longer period of time to give your team a chance to stay in the game."

Voss wasn't the only Erie pitcher hurt by bases on balls.

Erie reliever Luis Marte walked three Senators during a two-run seventh that nudged their lead to 7-1. Marte made his first appearance of 2011 after he was on the disabled list with shoulder issues for the season's first two months.

The SeaWolves tried to come back in the eighth off Harrisburg's Tanner Roark (3-1) and reliever Patrick McCoy. They strung four straight hits, which included RBIs for Justin Henry and Francisco Martinez.

Henry also scored on a McCoy wild pitch to pull the SeaWolves within three of the lead, but the Senators' left-hander prevented further damage.

Henry and Michael Rockett each had two hits for an Erie team that finished with seven. Rockett, 23, has a hit in each of his seven games since his inaugural Double-A promotion.

The SeaWolves are idle today, and then depart for a six-day road trip to Altoona and New Britain

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SeaWolves hit road against Altoona

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After taking two of three games from Eastern Division leader Harrisburg and a rare off day Monday, the Erie SeaWolves begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three games against Altoona.

The SeaWolves sit in third place in the Eastern Division and have a chance to gain some ground on second-place Altoona.

Justin Henry leads Erie (27-28) with a .333 batting average.

The Curve (28-28) come into the game after losing three in a row to Portland and four of their past five.

Right-hander Mark Sorensen (5-2, 4.43 ERA) is scheduled to get the start tonight for Erie against Altoona's Jeff Locke (4-5, 4.99).

After the series with Altoona, Erie heads to New Britain for the final three games of the road trip before returning to Jerry Uht Park on June 14 for the first of three home games against Portland.

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Altoona Curve outlast Erie SeaWolves

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ALTOONA -- The Altoona Curve came through early and in the clutch against the Erie SeaWolves on Tuesday.

Altoona scored five of its first six runs with two outs over the first two innings. Shortstop Jordy Mercer drove in three of them with a single and a two-run home run, as the Curve doubled the SeaWolves 10-5 at Blair County Ballpark.

A crowd of 2,868 watched the Eastern League rivals in the opener of their three-game series. Erie (27-29) missed a chance to even its record, while Altoona (29-28) ended a three-game losing streak.

Mercer socked his two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. He launched it during a four-run rally off SeaWolves starter Mark Sorensen, whose bid for a team-high sixth victory was quickly extinguished.

Sorensen (5-3) was roughed up for eight earned runs and nine hits over 42/3 innings.

Erie finally scored in the third, and pulled within 8-5 in the seventh when Altoona reliever Tim Alderson walked Justin Henry with the bases loaded. Henry had two of the SeaWolves' nine hits and also drove in two runs.

The Curve, though, got those runs back in the eighth off Zach Samuels. The Erie reliever departed during that rally when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Starling Marte.

Altoona's Jeff Locke (5-5) went the first six innings for the win.

Chris Cron managed the SeaWolves hours after he learned that youngest son Kevin Cron was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

The Los Angeles Angels picked elder son C.J. Cron in the first round Monday. Erie was idle that day, which allowed Chris Cron to fly from Erie to his home in Phoenix and be with his sons for their potential selections.

"It was the absolute most amazing experience any baseball father can go through," Chris Cron said in a SeaWolves release. "It was the proudest two days in my life and I'm really glad that it's over."

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Bullpen helps Erie SeaWolves end losing streak

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ALTOONA -- The Erie SeaWolves bullpen shut down the Altoona Curve when it mattered Wednesday night at Blair County Ballpark.

Three relievers allowed no earned runs over the final four innings to help Erie end a two-game losing skid with a 7-6 win over the Altoona Curve in front of 4,643 fans.

Jared Gayhart, Rob Waite and Chance Ruffin combined to thwart Altoona's attempts at a comeback, preserving Erie starter Casey Crosby's fourth win.

The SeaWolves jumped to an early lead with a four-run first inning, highlighted by Audy Ciriaco's three-run home run.

Altoona chipped away at Crosby (4-2), scoring single runs in the first and second innings and two runs in the fourth to tie the game.

Erie regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.

Michael Rockett, who has reached base in all eight of his games with the 'Wolves, led off with a walk.

After a Jamie Johnson sacrifice bunt, Brandon Douglas singled off Jared Hughes (3-4) to give Erie a 5-4 lead. Douglas stole second and third base and scored on a Francisco Martinez sacrifice fly.

Michael Bertram's double to score Ciriaco in the sixth inning proved to be a key insurance run, as Altoona (29-29) scored two unearned runs in the seventh.

Ruffin pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his sixth save.

Ciriaco went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the SeaWolves (28-29).

Jacob Turner (1-1, 2.79 ERA) takes the mound tonight for Erie against Mike Colla (4-2, 2.65).

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Erie SeaWolves give up late HR in loss to Altoona Curve

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ALTOONA -- In a battle of the long ball, the Erie SeaWolves came up a run short in a 5-4 loss to Altoona in front of 3,131 fans at Blair County Ballpark on Thursday.

Four home runs were hit in the game, two by each team. Francisco Martinez and Brandon Douglas went deep for Erie, while Quincy Latimore and Jeremy Farrell had the home runs for the Curve.

The SeaWolves (28-30) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Martinez hit his home run, driving in Justin Henry, who walked to start the inning.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Altoona put up four runs in its half of the inning.

Latimore homered and Farrell followed with a single. After Tony Sanchez was hit by a pitch from Erie starter Jacob Turner, Brad Chalk singled to score Farrell. Sanchez moved to third on the hit, then stole home. Brock Holt doubled to score Chalk for the Curve's fourth run of the inning.

The SeaWolves got a run closer in the sixth inning when Douglas homered, then tied the score at 4-4 in the eighth when Jamie Johnson bunted for a single and later scored on a fielder's choice.

Altoona got the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth on Farrell's home run.

Turner pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, all earned. Ramon Garcia (1-2) took the loss after allowing one run -- Farrell's homer -- in two innings.

Aaron Thompson (3-5) earned the win for Altoona (30-29), entering the game in the seventh inning and allowing one hit and one run.

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Big 4th inning lifts Rock Cats past SeaWolves

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- One bad inning proved to be the Erie SeaWolves' undoing Friday night, as host New Britain parlayed a pair of walks, a fielder's choice and four singles to score four times in the fourth inning en route to a 4-3 victory.

The loss was the fourth in the past five games for the SeaWolves, dropping them to three games under .500 at 28-31 heading into today's 6:35 p.m. rematch with the Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium.

New Britain brought one of the Eastern League's top offenses into the game but Erie pitching kept the Rock Cats in check for the most part, with the exception of the pivotal fourth inning.

New Britain's rally wiped out a 2-0 lead that Erie built with single runs in the second and fourth innings.

In the second, Michael Rockett stroked a one-out single, and with two outs John Murrian tripled him home to make it 1-0.

In the fourth, Audy Ciriaco led off with a double and, after moving to third on a fielder's choice, he scored on another fielder's choice.

But the Rock Cats responded in the bottom of the inning with an outburst that chased SeaWolves starter Brooks Brown, who was making his first start of the season.

The right-hander, who was Erie's pitcher of the year last year and has spent parts of the past two seasons with the SeaWolves, began the season on Triple-A Toledo's disabled list and was activated June 5 and reassigned to Erie.

He started off in fine fashion Friday, yielding two hits through the first three innings.

But with one out in the fourth, a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases and Mark Dolenc singled home a run to make it 2-1. A fielder's choice brought home the tying run and singles by Chris Cates and Chris Herrmann each brought home a run, giving New Britain a 4-2 lead.

Herrmann's base hit ended Brown's night, as he was relieved by Luis Marte.

The SeaWolves trimmed the deficit to 4-3 in the eighth on Ciriaco's RBI single and were threatening for more before Michael Bertram grounded into a double play.

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Erie SeaWolves beat New Britain Rock Cats

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Francisco Martinez drove in three runs with a pair of singles to back Jay Voss' solid pitching Saturday night, helping the Erie SeaWolves end a two-game mini-slide with an 8-2 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats.

Erie had dropped four of its previous five, but Martinez's bat and Voss' pitching performance enabled the SeaWolves to improve to 29-31 going into today's 1:35 p.m. series finale against the Rock Cats.

Voss, coming off his shortest outing of the season -- a 31/3-inning stint in a 7-4 loss to Harrisburg on June 5 -- worked seven innings and gave up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out eight in evening his record at 2-2.

The left-hander, making his fourth start since his promotion from Lakeland, started out strong, limiting the Rock Cats to two singles over the first four innings.

New Britain starter Brett Jacobson matched Voss, yielding only two hits through the first four innings.

Erie appeared poised to break through in the third after loading the bases, but Jacobson got out of trouble by getting Martinez to ground out.

Martinez did not squander a second chance, though, and it was his two-run single in the fifth that put the SeaWolves on top 2-0.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Rock Cats battled back to tie it in the bottom of the fifth.

Erie snapped the tie when Audy Ciriaco opened the sixth with a double and scored on Michael Bertram's single. When Bertram was thrown out at second on the play, both he and SeaWolves manager Chris Cron were ejected by home plate umpire Ben May.

Erie added five runs in the seventh inning to put the game away.

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Erie SeaWolves shut out New Britain Rock Cats

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Mark Sorensen hurled seven scoreless innings as the Erie SeaWolves won their second game in as many days, a 2-0 blanking of New Britain in the rubber game of a three-game series in front of 5,311 fans at New Britain Stadium on Sunday.

Mark Sorensen increased his team-leading record to 6-3 as the SeaWolves recorded their fourth shutout of the season.

The SeaWolves improved to 30-31 on the season while New Britain fell to 33-28.

Sorensen and Rock Cats starter Dennis Suarez matched blanks until the SeaWolves broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth.

Bryan Holaday led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shawn Roof.

Jamie Johnson then laced a double to left field to score Holaday with the game's first run.

Sorensen, who struck out four batters in the game, was relieved by Austin Wood to start the eighth inning. Wood surrendered a leadoff double to Chris Cates but retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.

Erie padded its lead with two outs in the top of the ninth when a bloop single by Rawley Bishop allowed Francisco Martinez to score from first base.

Chance Ruffin came on in the bottom half of the inning and earned his seventh save of the season.

The SeaWolves are off today before they begin a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Portland Sea Dogs at 7:05 p.m.

Right-hander Casey Crosby (4-2) will start for Erie, while lefty Brock Huntzinger (3-4) takes the mound for the Sea Dogs.

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Erie SeaWolves return home against Portland Sea Dogs

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

The Erie SeaWolves will try to even their record at 31-31 when they take on the Portland Sea Dogs in the first of a three-game series today at Jerry Uht Park. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Portland series is the first of two three-game series at home for Erie. New Hampshire visits Erie beginning Friday.

The SeaWolves are coming off a series win over New Britain, taking the third and final game of the series with a 2-0 win Sunday. Mark Sorensen pitched seven scoreless innings in that win. Erie split its six-game road series last week after dropping two of three to Altoona.

Portland enters tonight's game with a record of 20-40 and sits in fifth place in the Eastern Division. The Sea Dogs have lost four straight.

There is an Erie connection on the Portland roster. Catcher Tim Federowicz was born in Erie but his family moved to North Carolina when he was six months old. Federowicz was drafted in the seventh round in 2008 by the Red Sox and began his professional career in Lowell, Mass., that year.

Casey Crosby (4-2, 3.19 earned-run average) is scheduled to get the start for the SeaWolves while Portland is set to counter with Brock Huntzinger, who is 3-4 with a 6.43 ERA.

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