Postgame: Click here to see video interviews with former Pittsburgh Pirate great Andy Van Slyke. … Not much to say in the Erie clubhouse tonight. The SeaWolves managed just three hits against rising standout Robbie Ray. … A move will have to be made this weekend as James McCann leaves for the Futures Game on Saturday. Erie will need a backup catcher with just Ramon Cabrera in the lineup. Zach Maggard is a candidate if he can come off the DL or Erie might have to call up Luis Sanz. … Erie will also name an interim manager soon. Chris Cron will also be at the Futures Game as an assistant coach. Gerald Perry and Jaime Garcia are candidates as the hitting and pitching coaches or Detroit could send a rover down.
Harrisburg Senators (50-41) at Erie SeaWolves (46-42)
7:05 p.m., Jerry Uht Park
Robbie Ray caps a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts as Harrisburg wins 7-0.
Harrisburg keeps on scoring. The Senators get a bases-loaded groundout from Justin Bloxom to add another run. 7-0 Senators.
1-2-3 inning for Ray, including two strikeouts.
Harrisburg tacks on another run with an RBI single by Jason Martinson. 6-0 Senators
Erie finally gets something going. Brandon Douglas and Daniel Fields started the inning with base hits but two fly outs slowed down the momentum. James McCann drew a walk but Wade Gaynor struck out to end the threat.
Jerad Head with a two-out single but nothing much going for the Senators.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Ray, who has retired four in a row.
Harrisburg keeps tacking on. After two quick outs from Patrick Cooper, he walks Justin Bloxom and gives up a single to Jimmy Van Ostrand. That is all as David Kopp comes in to pitch. Jason Martinson walked to load the bases and Sandy Leon’s grounder was booted by Eugenio Suarez to bring in two more runs. 5-0 Harrisburg
James McCann draws a two-out walk, which is only Erie’s second baserunner. He is stranded as Robbie Ray is dominating on the mound.
Harrisburg breaks through against Patrick Cooper with five hits. Justin Bloxom led off with a double before Jimmy Van Ostrand singled to right. Jason Martinson followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0 and Cooper appeared to get out of trouble with a double play. Ricky Hague then launched a two-run home run on a 1-1 pitch to make it 3-0.
Robbie Ray strikes out the side on 10 pitches…….yup.
Harrisburg LH Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.80) vs. Erie RH Patrick Cooper (2-6, 5.40)
Patrick Cooper gets two quick outs but runs into some trouble. Jose Lozada and Jerad Head each single before Carlos Rivero strikes out to end the inning.
Ray is locked in with another 1-2-3 inning. That’s eight in a row.
Justin Bloxom with a leadoff double but he is stranded at third after two fly outs and a groundout.
Erie goes 1-2-3.
1-2-3 inning for Patrick Cooper.
A quick inning for Ray. Eugenio Suarez started the inning with a base hit to left-center but he is caught in a rundown trying to steal second. Ray then strikes out Brandon Douglas and Daniel Fields to end the inning.
LINEUP CHANGE! New Harrisburg lineup because of some travel difficulties with the all-star game: RF Lozada, CF Head, 3B Rivero, 1B Bloxom, DH Van Ostrand, SS Martinson, C Leon, 2B Hague, LF Nicol
Harrisburg – CF Brian Goodwin (.259), RF Steven Souza (.275), LF Jerad Head (.250), 1B Justin Bloxom (.232), 3B Carlos Rivero (.105), SS Jason Martinson (.273), DH Jimmy Van Ostrand (.247), C Sandy Leon (.216), 2B Ricky Hague (.246)
Erie – SS Eugenio Suarez (.246), 2B Brandon Douglas (.295), CF Daniel Fields (.271), C Ramon Cabrera (.296), LF Tyler Collins (.214), DH James McCann (.287), 3B Wade Gaynor (.217), 1B James Robbins (.232), RF Luis Castillo (.237)
Pregame: Former Pittsburgh Pirates great Andy Van Slyke is on hand tonight to make an appearance and sign autographs. … OF Daniel Fields, SP Warwick Saupold and C Zach Maggard took part in a simulated game this afternoon. Erie manager Chris Cron said it went well for Saupold and he is scheduled to throw a side session this weekend. He could rejoin the rotation next week. Fields was activated for today’s game and Maggard still needs to be cleared. To make room for Fields, Michael Hernandez was released. If Maggard is cleared by Saturday, Erie will need to make a move to clear a roster spot. If Maggard is still on the DL, Luis Sanz could be called back up for a few days. With James McCann heading to the Futures Game on Saturday, Erie will be down to one catcher in Ramon Cabrera. … Detroit signed former New York Yankees farmhand Kelvin Perez to a minor league deal and assigned him to Erie. Perez made one appearance against Erie this year as a member of Trenton, throwing two scoreless relief innings.