The Erie SeaWolves’ third straight loss turned out to be the lesser of two evils Tuesday night.
Trenton assured itself of a series victory over the hosts with a 6-2 win at chilly Jerry Uht Park. But it was an unreal sequence to start the top of the second inning that held the SeaWolves’ concern after the game.
Erie starter Jay Voss departed after grabbing his left elbow during his warm-up pitches. Manager Chris Cron took caution replaced him with right-hander Zach Samuels, who was allotted all the time he needed to prepare because of the situation.
However, the first pitch that Samuels threw at Trenton’s Dan Brewer was lined off his pitching shoulder. Samuels fielded the infield single in foul territory between home plate and first base, and then bent over in pain.
Cron then summoned left-hander Ramon Garcia, which meant that Erie saw two pitchers leave the game with injuries in a span of one official pitch.
Cron said the team would have a better gauge of the pitchers’ status Wednesday, when Erie (4-7) and Trenton (6-6) complete their three-game series at 12:35 p.m.
– Mike Copper
The Thunder managed three runs off Garcia for a 4-0 lead after four innings. Erie halved its deficit on RBIs from Brandon Douglas and Brent Wyatt in the seventh, but the New Jersey club responded with single runs in the eighth and ninth off Erie’s Robbie Weinhardt.
Bryan Pounds had two of Erie’s six hits. Jordan Lennerton, who hit three home runs over the SeaWolves’ previous two games, was limited to a double and a run scored in four at-bats.