Late-inning rallies were common for Dave Parker and the rest of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
Coincidence or not, the Erie SeaWolves mimicked the trait of that World Series championship team with the “Cobra” in attendance Thursday at Jerry Uht Park.
The SeaWolves scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning for a back-and-forth 8-6 victory over the Akron Aeros. Erie (41-43) averted matching its season’s longest losing streak of five games.
– Mike Copper
Rawley Bishop scored the go-ahead run in the eighth when Akron relief pitcher Bryan Price wildly threw to first base after fielding Brandon Douglas’ sacrifice bunt. Douglas later scored from third on an RBI ground out by Jamie Johnson.
Nick Castellanos did his own Parker impersonation when he launched a three-run home run in the third inning. Castellanos and Bishop combined for five of Erie’s 11 hits, with Michael Rockett good for another two.
Akron (50-36) lost despite two-run homers for Adam Abraham and Chun Chen.