The Erie SeaWolves rallied to tie or lead Harrisburg in three separate innings, only to watch the Senators rally for a win in the first game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader at Metro Bank Park.
Harrisburg tied the extra-inning game in the bottom of the eighth, and then won it when Chris Rahl hit a bases-loaded single on the first pitch he saw from Erie reliever Robbie Weinhardt. The rally capped the Senators’ 8-7 victory in the teams’ inaugural Eastern League game of 2012.
The outcome left Erie 29-33 and Harrisburg 34-29 going into the second game, which was scheduled to start around 9:45 p.m.
– Mike Copper
The SeaWolves lost despite home runs from Rawley Bishop and James McCann in the fifth inning. McCann’s two-run shot was his first in Double-A baseball and also on his 22nd birthday.
Center fielder Jamie Johnson extended his hitting streak to 14 games, Erie’s longest this season.
The Detroit Tigers signed 15 players they chose in this month’s amateur draft. They included right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson, their No. 1 overall selection.