The Harrisburg Senators had as much influence on the Erie SeaWolves’ decisive rally as the SeaWolves.
Erie scored three times with two outs in the top of the seventh inning of Thursday’s Eastern League game at Metro Bank Park. Those runs were the difference in a 5-4 victory that left the SeaWolves 31-33 and the Senators 34-31.
– Mike Copper
The teams were tied 2-2 when Harrisburg pitcher Kevin Pucetas appeared to retire Erie’s side in order in the seventh. Tony Plagman struck out, but still reached on a third-strike wild pitch.
Plagman stole second and then scored on Jordan Lennerton’s go-ahead double.
The Senators’ Cory VanAllen immediately walked Erie’s Rawley Bishop after relieving Pucetas. VanAllen induced James McCann to hit a fly to center, but a lack of communication by Harrisburg’s fielders let the ball fall for a two-run bloop double.
Harrisburg pulled within one via single runs in the seventh and ninth. A Robbie Weinhardt error was responsible for the latter, but Erie closer still held on for his fifth save.
Starting pitcher James Avery became the SeaWolves’ first seven-game winner. Right fielder Michael Rockett helped him attain that number with three hits and a game-saving catch in the ninth.
Erie’s Jamie Johnson saw his hitting streak end at 15 straight games.