Brieske Shines as SeaWolves Shut out Richmond
The Erie SeaWolves picked up their seventh shutout win of the season on Thursday night at UPMC Park, blanking the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-0. Beau Brieske tossed six scoreless frames in his final start of the season, and Andrew Navigato knocked his third home run of the season to lead off the night for Erie. Infielder Dane Myers saw his 13-game hit streak come to an end, going 0-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout. The pitching staff held Richmond to only five hits, and only allowed one batter to reach second base. There were no walks in the game.
Brieske capped his 2021 season with a strong performance. The 23-year-old punched out four batters over six scoreless innings, and only allowed four hits. Only one Richmond batter reached scoring position against Brieske (W, 3-1), a Mitchell Tolman double in the fifth inning.
Erie handed things to Chavez Fernander after the sixth inning, and rode with the right-hander for the rest of the night. Fernander (Sv, 3) tossed three scoreless innings with four strikeouts for Erie, and only allowed one hit.
The first two runs of the game came in just the first inning, as Daniel Cabrera broke a four-game hitless skid with a solo home run to lead off the night. Erie collected a pair of singles from Dillon Dingler and Kerry Carpenter to follow the long ball, and Andre Lipcius lined a sacrifice fly to left field to plate another run. The two early runs against Aaron Blair (L, 0-3) proved to be enough for Erie, but Blair still held on to finish five innings for Richmond.
Erie picked back up in the seventh inning against reliever Gerson Garabito. Jon Rosoff got it started by stretching a soft single into a double, advancing to third base on a wild pitch, and finally scoring the insurance run on a single by Cabrera. Lipcius singled and stole second base in the eighth inning to force another pitching change for Richmond, but Matt Seelinger stranded him at second base.
Erie and Richmond continue their series on Friday at UPMC Park, it will be the final Zambelli fireworks night of the 2021 season as the SeaWolves celebrate a Howliday Spectacular, with the first 750 fans receiving an Erie SnowWolves winter cap, presented by Ariens. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. When the series concludes, Erie will look ahead to the 2022 season, beginning on April 8 at UPMC Park with a three-game series against the Akron RubberDucks.
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