The Erie SeaWolves treated a Buck Night crowd of 6,743 by ending their seven-game losing streak.
However, their normal-sounding 5-2 win over the Akron Aeros disguised one of the more unusual 2012 games at Jerry Uht Park.
Monday’s game saw 10 pitchers combine to walk 14 batters. The SeaWolves’ first three batters walked, and they all scored en route to their quick 4-0 lead.
Erie relievers Tyler Stohr and Michael Morrison walked Akron’s first five batters in the top of the eighth inning. However, Robbie Weinhardt proceeded to strike out the next three Aeros.
Weinhardt also pitched the ninth for a save that temporarily kept the SeaWolves (54-73) from official mathematical elimination for the Eastern League’s postseason. Western Division wild-card challenger Richmond edged second-place Bowie 4-3 in a weather-delayed game at The Diamond.
– Mike Copper
The Seawolves and the Aeros not only were slowed by numerous pitching changes, but when Akron manager Chris Tremie was ejected in the bottom of the fourth. Tremie argued a safe call on Tony Plagman’s steal of third base.
The division-leading Aeros (75-52) still maintained the league’s best record despite Monday’s outcome.
Jamie Johnson and Niuman Romero each walked three times and scored once in Erie’s victory. Romero also singled in the eighth for his league-leading 147th hit.
Romero’s total tied him with Johnson for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time, single-season list in that category. Johnson recorded 147 in 2011.