Brandon Douglas sparked a stagnant Erie SeaWolves offense this afternoon with a two-out, bases-loaded bunt that scored two runs as Erie rallied to beat Altoona 5-2 and earn a series split in front of 1,051 fans at sunny Jerry Uht Park.
Erie (2-2) trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on first and second and two outs. Marcus Lemon reached on an infield single before Douglas laid down a perfect bunt to the third base side. Altoona (2-2) pitcher Jason Townsend fielded the bunt but his throw went down the right field line allowing two runs to score. Hernan Perez followed with his ninth hit of the season, a two-run double, to give the SeaWolves a 5-2 lead.
Justin Souza recorded Erie’s first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning after starter Warwick Saupold allowed one hit over five innings and Matt Crouse added three scoreless innings in relief.
Erie welcomes in Binghamton for a three-game set beginning Monday.
– Tom Reisenweber