The Erie SeaWolves were good for ninth-inning drama a second straight Saturday night at Jerry Uht Park
The difference this latest time, though, was they couldn’t convert it into a victory.
A two-out passed ball by Harrisburg catcher Kris Watts left Erie with a run and a potential tying run at third base. However, any chance of extra innings ended when the SeaWolves’ Rawley Bishop grounded out to deep short.
The Senators’ 2-1 victory before 4,393 fans left Erie (53-72) with its sixth consecutive loss. It’s the SeaWolves’ worst stretch since a season-long, eight-game drought from July 21-26.
– Mike Copper
Harrisburg (58-68) scored single runs in the third and fourth innings off James Avery. The Erie starter pitched well, but lost in his latest bid to become an 11-game winner in the Eastern League.
Senators starter Danny Rosenbaum (8-9) retired 13 straight SeaWolves amid his seven shutout innings. The left-hander’s 149 2/3 innings of work rank among the league’s top five.
Harrisburg’s Zech Zinicola and closer Hector Nelo were called on to preserve Rosenbaum’s effort. Nelo recorded his 15th save despite Erie’s tense ninth.
Tony Plagman pinch ran for Jordan Lennerton after the SeaWolves first baseman walked with one out. Plagman advanced to third on a play that saw Avisail Garcia reach on an infield single and Harrisburg first baseman Tim Pahuta charged with a throwing error.
Garcia stole second when Nelo retired Erie’s Daniel Fields on a called strike three. Plagman then scored when Watts couldn’t handle a Nelo pitch to Bishop.
However, the Senators denied Erie a tie when shortstop Seth Bynum threw out Bishop after fielding the latter’s deep grounder.
Each team was limited to six hits. Lennerton and Garcia were good for two each on the SeaWolves’ side.
Erie’s Niuman Romero went hitless in four at-bats. Romero began Saturday with a league-leading total of 145.
The SeaWolves and Senators meet for the final time in 2012 with Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. series finale.