Jerry Uht Park became Daniel Fields’ field with one swing the bat Saturday night.
Fields led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run, which gave the Erie SeaWolves a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs. Not only was it Erie’s third consecutive victory, but its first walk-off win at home since May 28.
The SeaWolves’ streak is their longest since they ran off five straight victories between June 13-17. They go into Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. series finale with a 53-66 record, while the Sea Dogs are now 55-65.
– Mike Copper
Fields’ heroics were at the expense of Portland reliever Brock Huntzinger. The Erie left fielder also ended a 4-4 score that had stood since the fourth inning.
Each team produced those runs off the game’s starting pitchers. Erie’s total included Avisail Garcia’s three-run homer in the first against Mike MacDonald, while Portland’s Ryan Dent socked a two-run shot in the fourth that came at James Avery’s expense.
Avery received a no-decision in his latest bid to become the Eastern League’s second 11-game winner.
Niuman Romero joined Fields and Garcia in contributing two hits to Erie’s cause. Romero increased his league-leading total in that category to 141.