If the five home runs that Erie and Bowie combined to hit turned Sunday’s game a boxing brawl, then the latter’s counterpunching ability helped it salvage a split of the teams’ four-game series.
Erie pulled within a run of tying the Baysox in three separate innings, only to watch the visitors immediately respond with one of their own each time. That trait allowed the Maryland club to depart Jerry Uht Park on a 7-5 victory note.
The SeaWolves (4-5) lost despite two home runs from Jordan Lennerton. The first baseman continued to live up to the potential he showed at Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) last season by hitting solo shots off Bowie starter Tim Bascom.
Lennerton leads Erie in homers (four) and RBIs (nine).
– Mike Copper
But the Baysox (4-7) socked three homers of of their own. Brandon Waring and Caleb Joseph each went deep during their four-run second, with Zelous Wheeler clubbing a third in the seventh.
Erie remains at Uht Park, where it will open a three-game series against Trenton on Monday at 6:35 p.m.
In honor of Jackie Robinson Day throughout baseball, the SeaWolves wore throwback Erie Pontiacs uniforms for Sunday’s matinee. The Pontiacs were a former Glenwood League team that the late Sam Jethroe played for after his major league career.
Jethroe, a longtime Erie resident, was voted the 1950 National League Rookie of the Year with the Boston Braves. He died in 2001 at age 84.
The SeaWolves’ uniforms weren’t the only thing retro about them Sunday.
Brent Dlugach appeared in his first game for Erie since he briefly played here during the 2007 Eastern League season. The 29-year-old, who made it into five games for the 2009 Detroit Tigers, was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Dlugach was drafted by the Tigers in 2004. He was hitting .292 after 22 games for the ’07 ‘Wolves when a severe shoulder injury ended ended that season and all but seven games of the following one.
After playing most of 2009 and 2010 with Toledo, Dlugach signed with the Boston Red Sox. He was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket (R.I.) before returning to the Detroit’s system in the offseason.
Dlugach said coming back to Erie’s clubhouse was more unique than several teammates currently around him.
“I played with some of these guys back in 2008 when I was rehabbing,” he said of his cameo stint with the Rookie League’s Gulf Coast Tigers.
To make room for Dlugach, infielder Corey Jones was recalled to Lakeland. Jones hit .235 with three RBIs in five games for the SeaWolves.
Joe King, a guitarist for the alternative rock band The Fray, threw Sunday’s ceremonial first pitch.
King’s band, along with Jack’s Mannequin and Andy Grammar, could be heard throughout the game as they rehearsed for their Sunday night performances at Tullio Arena.