SeaWolves have all the answers in 13-4 win over Senators
Sanchez and Marmolejos each with three hits apiece
A back and forth affair turned into an Erie rout as the SeaWolves bested the Harrisburg Senators, 13-4, in front of 3,152 fans at FNB Field. The Senators allowed a season-high 18 hits to the last place SeaWolves.
Harrisburg (63-58) took the early lead in the bottom of the first as two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Jose Marmolejos came through with a single up the middle to stake the Senators to a 2-0 lead. But Erie responded with three runs of their own on four hits and a walk of Harrisburg starter Erick Fedde.
“He was behind and up,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “He just didn’t have much feel. He was probably trying to do too much. He threw some good change-ups, but he pitched behind. I hate to see him learn a lesson with this magnitude, but sometimes it’s good to understand how important down and getting ahead is.”
The Senators plated a run in the third and fourth innings on RBI singles from Drew Ward and Isaac Ballou, but Erie answered each time off the 23-year-old right-hander. Fedde (1-1) surrendered seven runs including a two-run homer that gave the SeaWolves a lead they would never relinquish. The former first rounder lasted just 4.1 innings allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out two.
“Right now if we score, we can’t allow them to score. We need to have some shutdown innings to gain a little bit of momentum,” LeCroy said. “Every time we score, we give up runs.”
Erie poured it on in the top of the seventh off reliever Derek Self as they registered five straight hits for the second time in the game. That offensive onslaught plated four more runs and pushed the SeaWolves’ advantage to 11-4. Nick Lee couldn’t stop the bleeding either as the southpaw allowed Erie’s third home run of the game.
While the outcome was still in question, the Senators had plenty of opportunities. In two separate innings Stephen Perez and Adrian Sanchez each reached base with no outs, but in both cases they were unable to push across a run and it considerably changed the complexion of the game.
“We talked today about the importance of getting in the box looking for a heater and I’m not getting off of it,” LeCroy said. “Tonight I saw a little bit more aggressive swings but we still let too many fastballs go with runners in scoring position. You don’t want to put yourself behind the eight ball and in a bad spot.”
Harrisburg pounded out 13 hits of their own on the night including three off the bats of Sanchez and Marmolejos.
The Senators continue their three-game series with the Erie SeaWolves on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Harrisburg’s Mark Blackmar and Erie’s Tyler Alexander will square off in the pitching matchup. Bring your four-legged friend out to FNB Field to enjoy the game with you as the Senators host another Wet Nose Wednesday. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1460 AM, on the internet at senatorsbaseball.com, or through the TuneIn and iHeart Radio apps with The Matt LeCroy Show beginning the radio broadcast at 6:45 p.m.