First Place 'Wolves Fall to Senators on Friday
The first place Erie SeaWolves suffered their third straight one-run loss as they dropped the second game of a four-game series to the Harrisburg Senators, 2-1, on Friday night at FNB Field. The loss, coupled with a Bowie loss, keeps the SeaWolves one game ahead of the Baysox in the Western Division.
The SeaWolves lone run came in the top of the first inning against Senators starter Kevin McGowan. Derek Hill led off the game with a double and scored on a two-out, Josh Lester double for a 1-0 lead.
Erie's offense then went silent after the first inning. They had the leadoff man in scoring position in the second and fourth innings and the bases loaded with one out in the sixth and could not plate an additional run. The 'Wolves finished the game 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and were held without a hit from the fifth inning on.
Harrisburg tied the game in the home half of the fourth against Erie starter Tarik Skubal. Luis Garcia led off with a triple and scored on an Adrian Sanchez sacrifice fly.
The Senators then claimed the lead in the sixth. David Master led off with a walk but was erased at second when Andrew Stevenson hit into a fielder's choice. Stevenson stole second and scored on a two-out Sanchez base hit for a 2-1 lead.
Erie reliever Alex Lange kept the club in it working 2.1 hitless innings in relief of Skubal with a walk and three strikeouts.
Harrisburg reliever Jordan Mills (5-1) earned the win tossing a scoreless inning in relief.
Skubal (2-2) took the loss despite a solid effort. He allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts in 5.2 innings. It was the sixth time in eight starts with the SeaWolves that Skubal struck out 10 or more hitters. He tied the franchise record for most 10-strikeout games which was set by Joel Zumaya (2004-05).
The SeaWolves will look to avoid a four-game losing streak on Saturday night against the Senators at 6 p.m. Erie has not lost four straight games since being swept by Bowie on the road May 16-19 in a four-game series. Righty Anthony Castro (5-2, 4.21 ERA) takes the mound for Erie on Saturday.
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