The Erie SeaWolves must wait another day, or days, for their season’s first three-game winning streak.
Binghamton thwarted Erie’s latest bid with Friday’s 3-1 victory at blustery Jerry Uht Park. The Mets made the SeaWolves pay for four seventh-inning walks by Kelvin De La Cruz and Jared Gayhart, plus Michael Rockett’s throwing error that led to an insurance run in the eighth.
Erie fell to 8-11 in the opener of its seven-game homestand, while the Mets moved to 11-9.
– Mike Copper
De La Cruz was stuck with a loss despite striking out a team-high nine batters over 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander only allowed Binghamton three hits, but his seventh-inning walks negated his other numbers.
SeaWolves outfielder Ben Guez singled and walked in his first game at any level for 2012. Guez was activated from the disabled list, where he’d been since the end of spring training because of a hamstring pull.
Erie experienced roster moves before and after Friday’s loss.
SeaWolves manager Chris Cron learned after the game that veteran reliever Zach Miner has been promoted to Triple-A Toledo, with left-hander Ramon Garcia sent in return. Infielder Corey Jones also was promoted from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) to assume the vacancy left by Rawley Bishop’s call-up to Toledo earlier in the day.
Erie faced Binghamton with only 23 players on its roster.