The Erie SeaWolves displayed power at each end of Jerry Uht Park’s battery Wednesday night.
Erie hit three home runs en route to its 7-4 victory over the Bowie Baysox. Nick Castellanos struck his first career Double-A homer in the first inning, with Bryan Pounds and Jordan Lennerton each going yard in the fifth.
Up by three in the ninth, SeaWolves manager Chris Cron wasted no time calling on the team’s newest player.
Bruce Rondon, who received his first career Double-A assignment before the game, showed why his 15 saves made him a Florida State League All-Star with Lakeland. The Venezuelan closer retired the three Bowie batters he faced, with one of his pitches reading 98 mph on Uht Park’s radar gun.
The SeaWolves, who only scored one run over their previous three home games, swung back to a winning record at 35-34. The Baysox are 32-37 going into Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. series finale, Erie’s lone weekday game for June.
– Mike Copper
Wednesday’s outcome also was notable for SeaWolves starter James Avery. The right-hander became the Eastern League’s active leader in wins at 8-5.
Avery is only the second pitcher to reach that number. Akron’s T.J. McFarland had eight wins when the Cleveland Indians promoted him to Triple-A Columbus in late May.
On the same night that Rondon made his Double-A debut, pitcher Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, did the same for Altoona.
Cole pitched the first five innings of the Curve’s 9-4 victory over New Britain.