The Erie SeaWolves endured two rain delays Friday night, but were still able to blank the Altoona Curve at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Erie starter James Avery outdueled Curve counterpart Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, to become the Eastern League’s second 10-game winner. Avery and two relievers combined on a seven-inning 3-0 victory.
The second game of Friday’s originally scheduled doubleheader was called off because of the weather. The teams must now play twice Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s opener will start at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s at 5 p.m. Erie goes into them with a 46-51 record.
Avery joined Trenton’s Brett Marshall as the league’s only 10-game winners. He pitched Friday’s first five innings, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five.
– Mike Copper
The SeaWolves’ Michael Morrison and Bruce Rondon completed the shutout with single innings of scoreless relief. Rondon remained unscored upon and recorded his 10th save in as many chances.
Left fielder Michael Rockett paced Erie at the plate with two hits and two RBIs.