This was one instance where the postgame fireworks were anticlimactic.
Erie SeaWolves outfielder Tony Plagman, with one of the great individual power displays in Jerry Uht Park history, hit three home runs during Saturday night’s 11-6 victory over the Altoona Curve. A season-high crowd of 4,198 watched the left fielder launch a solo homer in the second inning, a two-run shot in the fourth and a grand slam in the sixth.
Plagman added a run-scoring single in the middle of his barrage for a total of eight RBIs.
“Obviously, it’s a great feeling to have a game like that,” said Plagman, whose three homers equaled the total number he’d hit before Saturday. “There’s a lot of positive thoughts running through my mind right now.”
Plagman wasn’t the only Erie player with a positive attitude after Saturday’s game.
The SeaWolves’ victory upped their season-high win streak to four straight. They also have a .500 record (17-17) for the first time since opening the 2012 Eastern League season at Altoona, which slumped to 13-21.
– Mike Copper
Plagman wasn’t the only one who went yard against the Curve’s three pitchers. Shortstop Niuman Romero continued his torrid hitting atop Erie’s lineup with a leadoff homer against starter Brandon Cumpton (4-3).
The SeaWolves stroked their four homers a day after they hit three in Friday’s 7-3 win over Altoona.
Combined, Plagman and Romero accounted for seven of Erie’s 12 hits and six of its 11 runs. Jamie Johnson complimented them with two hits and a run scored, while Jordan Lennerton and Ben Guez each touched home twice.
Lost amid the crooked numbers of the SeaWolves’ box score was James Avery. Erie’s starting pitcher wasn’t at his best, but still exited with a 6-3 lead after five innings.
Avery (5-2) is Erie’s first five-game winner this season.
The SeaWolves and Curve conclude their four-game series, and the last of the teams’ eight straight games at Uht Park, on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.