The New Britain Rock Cats didn’t hit like they owned the Eastern League’s worst batting average.
Problem was, neither did the Erie SeaWolves.
Erie hit two home runs and barely missed recording two others Friday night. Its six extra-base hits provided enough of a cushion to offset the Rock Cats’ late rally and hold on for a 9-7 victory at Jerry Uht Park.
Erie moved to 29-30 in the opener of the teams’ only series in northwestern Pennsylvania. New Britain, despite a .234 average before Friday’s first pitch, is still 32-27 and in contention in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.
– Mike Copper
Jordan Lennerton’s three-run homer in the bottom of the third was the biggest of Erie’s extra-base hits. His 11th homer to the deepest portion of Uht Park’s center field comprised the bulk of his four RBIs.
Bryan Pounds hit a solo homer in the seventh to give the SeaWolves their biggest lead at 9-3. Jamie Johnson, Brandon Douglas and Corey Jones joined Lennerton and Pounds with two hits each at game’s end.
Johnson singled twice and scored after each of them. The center fielder’s 11-game hitting streak is Erie’s second longest this season.