Baseball managers do what they can to avoid surprises.
But even Chris Cron was taken aback when he learned of the statistical anomaly the Erie SeaWolves recorded Friday night.
Erie had a pedestrian total of eight hits against the Altoona Curve, but what made them notable was that each went for extra bases.
The SeaWolves’ three home runs and five doubles helped them to a 7-3 victory at Jerry Uht Park. They also allowed Erie to post its first three-game winning of 2012.
At 16-17, Erie is within one game of a .500 record for the first time since April 15.
– Mike Copper
Erie’s three homers consisted of solo shots from Jordan Lennerton, Ben Guez and Corey Jones.
Lennerton’s first-inning homer was his seventh, which temporarily tied him for the Eastern League lead. Guez and Jones went deep back-to-back in the sixth, which was the first time Erie’s offense accomplished that feat this season.
Guez had the biggest night for the SeaWolves. The outfielder scored all four times he reached base thanks to two walks, a double and his homer.
Mark Sorensen, a former starting pitcher for Erie, received the win in his first professional relief appearance since 2008.
The Curve’s fourth straight loss left them 13-20.