The Erie SeaWolves avoided one baseball rarity by recording another.
Erie was on the verge of being shut out on each end of Monday”s doubleheader against Akron. The Aeros won the opener 4-0 and were two innings away from blanking the SeaWolves in the second seven-inning game.
That’s when Erie responded for an unlikely 4-3 victory at Jerry Uht Park. The SeaWolves scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and then got the tying and winning runs in the seventh off Akron’s Loek van Mil, at 7 feet, 1 inch the tallest player in professional baseball.
– Mike Copper
Erie catcher Rob Brantly made it 3-3 with a one-out RBI triple off the Netherlands native. Brantly later scored on a bang-bang play at home plate after Rawley Bishop lofted a sacrifice foul pop down the right-field line.
Aeros first baseman Adam Abraham made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out, but momentum took him away from the infield. That allowed Brantly to slide home for the winning run, barely ahead of the tag by Akron counterpart Roberto Perez.
The SeaWolves’ unlikely win left them 25-24 going into a six-game road trip to Trenton and Richmond. The Aeros departed with a 29-19 record, still good for first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.
The SeaWolves faced pitcher Andy Pettitte the last time they visited Trenton.
Pettitte, who recently completed his comeback with the New York Yankees, won’t be in a Thunder uniform when the teams commence their latest series at Waterfront Park, which begins Tuesday. However, Erie will still face a team that’s 26-22 in the league’s Eastern Division after Monday’s 4-3 victory at Richmond.
All three games in the series have first pitches scheduled for 7:05 pm. Probable starters are: Erie LH Kelvin De La Cruz (2-5, 3.97 ERA) vs. Trenton RH Adam Miller (0-0, 3.00 ERA) on Tuesday; LH Ramon Garcia (3-3, 5.30) vs. LH Shaeffer Hall (4-5, 3.61) on Wednesday; and RH Zack Segovia (5-4, 5.20) vs. RH Brett Marshall (5-2, 2.69) on Thursday.
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