Postgame: Another exciting win for the Erie SeaWolves. They are 11-2 in their past 13 games, all in May. … Here is a link to postgame video interviews with manager Chris Cron and catcher James McCann. … The Erie SeaWolves are 10 games over .500 for the first time since August 11, 2009. … Akron lost to Binghamton 5-2 to bolster Erie’s division lead to five games. … Erie is second in the Eastern League with a .275 batting average. Bowie is first at .276. … Bowie leads the Eastern League with 82 doubles. Erie is in second with 78, including two from McCann on Monday. … Wade Gaynor was 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position and two outs coming into tonight’s game. He had a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning to cut Reading’s lead to 4-2. … Tyler Stohr threw two scoreless relief innings. He has allowed one run in his past four appearances. During that stretch he has allowed three hits in six innings, including two strikeouts. … Justin Souza picked up his sixth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He is tied for third in the Eastern League in saves.
Here is information, pregame, in-game and postgame, on the Erie SeaWolves’ May 13 game against the Reading Fightin Phils. Check back throughout the night for more on the game and the SeaWolves in general.
Reading Fightin Phils (14-21) at Erie SeaWolves (22-13)
6:35 p.m., Jerry Uht Park
Justin Souza works a 1-2-3 inning to record his sixth save. Erie with a thrilling comeback to win 5-4. More to come later on.
Another double play started by Eugenio Suarez to Hernan Perez. That will probably be a common phrase used in Toledo and Detroit down the road.
Mike Nesseth replaced David Buchanan and allowed two hits before Mauricio Robles came in. Despite having the second-worst ERA in the Eastern League, Buchanan finished 7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K and is in line for the win. After a Daniel Fields two-out walk, James McCann crushed a 1-2 pitch into right-center to drive in three runs. Erie 5, Reading 4
Tyler Stohr relieves Patrick Cooper and retires Reading 1-2-3. Cooper finished 6 IP 10 H 4 R 3 ER 0 BB 3 Ks and is in line for the loss.
Hernan Perez and Daniel Fields each singled to left to start the seventh. Two line drives for the SeaWolves that finally found some grass. James McCann and James Robbins each struck out but Wade Gaynor came through with a single to center to drive in Perez. Luis Castillo grounded out to end the inning. 4-2 Reading
Jim Murphy led off the sixth with a double to the right-center gap but Daniel Fields made a diving catch to retire Tommy Mendonca. Murphy moved to third on the play. Zach Collier followed with a slow grounder to third base for an infield single. Murphy wasn’t able to score on the play in front of him. Derrick Mitchell and Sebastian Valley strike out with runners on first and third to end the threat. Great work by Patrick Cooper to not allow one run to score.
Things aren’t going Erie’s way tonight. Two straight line drives by Marcus Lemon and Jamie Johnson to second base were snagged. The SeaWolves have two hits through six innings. Their season low is five for one game.
Reading keeps pouring it on. Sebastian Valle with a soft single to right. Anthony Hewitt follows with a double to left with Valle running on the pitch, enabling him to score. Hewitt moved to third as Eugenio Suarez with a high throw home to try and get Valle. Hewitt then came home on a sac fly from Tyson Gillies. Edgar Duran was hit by a pitch but out on the basepaths as he tried to advance to second on a ball that got away from James McCann. It didn’t get far enough away as McCann fired a throw to second, making Duran stop in his tracks. He was tagged out going back to first.
James McCann lofted a bloop double to left for Erie. The inbetweener found the grass as neither the left fielder or shortstop could make the play. McCann went to third on a groundout before Wade Gaynor lifted a sac fly to left to cut the Reading lead to 4-1. Erie has only two hits against Buchanan, both are doubles. Erie has 77 doubles this season, which is second behind Bowie (82).
Albert Cartwright leads off with a triple to deep center and Daniel Fields almost made a diving catch. Jim Murphy followed with a deep drive to right to score Cartwright. Buchanan follows on the mound with another 1-2-3 inning. He has retired six straight for Reading. 2-0 Fightin Phils.
Erie didn’t convert a 1-6-3 double play but gets a 4-6-3 on the next batter. The SeaWolves get a leadoff double from Wade Gaynor but strand him on third after popping up a bunt and two shallow fly balls. 1-0 Reading after three.
Copper retired three in a row before a two-out double from Derrick Mitchell. He appeared to strike out on a 2-2 pitch but the first baseman umpire said he didn’t swing. Sebastian Valle then flew out to end the inning. Erie went down 1-2-3 again and Reading leads 1-0 after two.
Tyson Gillies takes the second pitch of the game into the right-center gap for a double for Reading. He moved over to third on a groundout and Erie brought the infield in with one out. Albert Cartwright singled softly to left that might have been caught by Eugenio Suarez if he was in his normal position. It would have been close but either way, Reading took a 1-0 lead. David Buchanan worked a 1-2-3 inning for Reading in the bottom of the first.
Reading – CF Tyson Gillies, SS Edgar Duran, 2B Albert Cartwright, 1B Jim Murhpy, 3B Tommy Mendonca, LF Zach Collier, DH Derrick Mitchell, C Sebastian Valle, RF Anthony Hewitt
Erie – DH Jamie Johnson, SS Eugenio Suarez, 2B Hernan Perez, CF Daniel Fields, C James McCann, 1B James Robbins, 3B Wade Gaynor, RF Luis Castillo, LF Marcus Lemon
Pregame notes: Tyler Collins has a standard day off today and will be available to pinch hit if manager Chris Cron needs him. … Former Erie SeaWolves OF Avisail Garcia was promoted from Triple-A Toledo to Detroit. He will fill in for Austin Jackson, who was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. … Erie has won 10 of its past 12 games, while Reading is 2-8 in its past 10 games. … The SeaWolves are in town for three games before heading back to Akron for three on Friday. … Hernan Perez is hitting .317 against right-handed pitchers this season and Jamie Johnson has a .304 batting average against righties. Erie will face right-hander David Buchanan (1-4, 6.46 ERA). … Robbie Weinhardt is back in Erie, meaning Matt Crouse will stay in the rotation as the fifth starter for the SeaWolves.