Postgame: Harrisburg is in first place and Erie is 1/2 game behind with 16 days left. Richmond is 2 games behind Harrisburg and Bowie 3 1/2 back. … Erie and Altoona will finish the season series Sunday at 1:35 p.m. … Binghamton clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern division with its 5-4 win tonight. … Erie has 17 games left. The SeaWolves host Akron for three to finish the homestand, go to Harrisburg for four, Akron for four and home for five against Bowie. … Melvin Mercedes picked up his ninth save with Erie in the 4-1 win. … Victor Larez improved to 7-7 with another solid outing in a spot start.
Melvin Mercedes comes in and gets another save for Erie. SeaWolves 1/2 game out after a 4-1 win over Altoona.
Gregory Polanco draws a two-out walk but Will Startup is effective in a relief inning. 4-1 SeaWolves
1-2-3 inning and Victor Larez has retired seven in a row. 3-1 SeaWolves
Jhonathan Ramos in to pitch for Altoona. Erie tacks on a run with more bad defense by Altoona. Ramon Cabrera rips a one-out double and goes to third on a Tyler Collins groundout. Brandon Douglas then puts down a gutsy bunt for a base hit and beats the throw to score Cabrera. Douglas goes to second on a throwing error, Altoona’s third error of the game. 4-1 SeaWolves
1-2-3 inning for Victor Larez as he is rolling.
Erie takes a 3-1 lead and misses out on more. Luis Castillo hits an RBI single and James Robbins adds an RBI double. Altoona then walks Jamie Johnson to load the bases with one out but Eugenio Suarez bounces into a double play.
Adalberto Santos with a two-out walk but Gregory Polanco flies out to end the inning.
Jamie Johson leads off with a walk but he is erased trying to steal second as Altoona called for a pitchout. Eugenio Suarez then singled on a bunt but two quick outs and we are still tied 1-1.
Alex Dickerson leads off with a triple down the right field line that bangs around in the Altoona bullpen. He doesn’t score on a grounder to second for some reason but he comes home on a base hit by Jarek Cunningham.
Erie takes advantage of two Altoona errors to tie the game 1-1. Ramon Cabrera walks and goes to second on a two-out Marcus Lemon grounder that is booted. Cabrera then scores on a Luis Castillo base hit. Centerfielder Gregory Polanco may have had a shot at Cabrera at the plate but he dropped the ball, allowing Lemon to go to third.
Victor Larez works a quick 1-2-3 inning.
A quick 1-2-3 inning for Jason Townsend. Still scoreless in this one.
Altoona RH Jason Townsend (4-3, 6.60) vs. Erie RH Victor Larez (7-7, 4.83)
Altoona – SS Alen Hanson, 3B Adalberto Santos, CF Gregory Polanco, RF Alex Dickerson, 1B Justin Howard, 2B Jarek Cunningham, DH Charlie Cutler, C Carlos Paulino, LF Andy Vasquez
Erie – CF Jamie Johnson, SS Eugenio Suarez, DH Daniel Fields, C Ramon Cabrera, LF Tyler Collins, 2B Brandon Douglas, 3B Marcus Lemon, RF Luis Castillo, 1B James Robbins
Gregory Polanco clubs a three-run homer and that should basically do it for this one.
Altoona wins 7-0.
Justin Howard clubs his second homer of the game to give Altoona a 4-0 lead.
Ramon Cabrera rips his second double of the game with two outs but Zack Thornton comes in to strike out James McCann to end the inning. Eliecer Navarro throws 5 2/3 dominant innings and is in line for the win.
Adalberto Santos draws a two-out walk but Gregory Polanco grounds into a forceout. Still 3-0 Altoona.
1-2-3 inning and Navarro has dominated today.
Altoona tacks on a few runs as Justin Howard and Jarek Cunningham hit back-to-back solo home runs. 3-0 Curve
Ramon Cabrera leads off with a double but he is stranded.
Altoona takes a 1-0 lead on an Erie error. Ali Solis leads off with a double and steals third with two outs. He then scores as Eugenio Suarez lets a ground ball eat him up. 1-0 Curve
Luis Castillo leads off with a single and goes to second on a sac bunt. He is stranded though and Altoona still leads 1-0.
1-2-3 inning for Ramon Garcia as he is settling in.
Eliecer Navarro works around a two-out walk to Brandon Douglas.
Gregory Polanco works a two-out walk but Ramon Garcia gets an Alex Dickerson groundout to end the inning.
Jamie Johnson starts the inning with a walk but three fly balls later and we are still scoreless.
Altoona Curve (57-66) at Erie SeaWolves (65-58)
Game 1 5:05 p.m., Game 2 30 minutes after, Jerry Uht Park
Altoona LH Eliecer Navarro (3-5, 4.35) vs. Erie LH Ramon Garcia (0-3, 5.10)
Altoona – SS Alen Hanson (.214), 3B Adalberto Santos (.282), CF Gregory Polanco (.282), RF Alex Dickerson (.295), 1B Justin Howard (.335), 2B Jarek Cunningham (.213), DH Charlie Cutler (.316), C Ali Solis (.094), LF Drew Maggi (.251)
Erie – RF Jamie Johnson (.272), SS Eugenio Suarez (.246), CF Daniel Fields (.289), DH Ramon Cabrera (.299), C James McCann (.278), 3B Wade Gaynor (.228), 1B Brandon Douglas (.275), 2B Marcus Lemon (.248), LF Luis Castillo (.222)
Pregame: We have a roster change as Erie reliever Tyler Clark has been activated from the disabled list. To make room for Clark, reliever Michael Morrison was transferred to Class A Lakeland. Morrison went 3-3 with a 7.10 ERA in 30 appearances with the SeaWolves this season. … Erie and Harrisburg are tied for first place, while Richmond is one game behind in the Western division. Bowie is 3 1/2 games back and is starting to fade.