Gonzalez, Kreidler Homer as Erie Wins Third Straight

Erie Seawolves

The SeaWolves (3-0) won a nail-biter on Thursday night at First Energy Stadium, taking down the Reading Fightin Phils 5-4 to win their third consecutive game.
Erie jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Reading starter James McArthur when Yariel Gonzalez belted a two-out solo home run

The SeaWolves (3-0) won a nail-biter on Thursday night at First Energy Stadium, taking down the Reading Fightin Phils 5-4 to win their third consecutive game.

Erie jumped ahead in the top of the first inning against Reading starter James McArthur when Yariel Gonzalez belted a two-out solo home run for a 1-0 lead. The home run was his second on the season.

The ‘Wolves extended the lead in the third. John Valented led off, reached on an error and moved to third on a Jon Rosoff double. Riley Greene made it a 2-0 game with a sacrifice fly to right, plating Valente. Rossoff came home on a wild pitch and Ryan Kreidler hammed a solo home run, his first, to make it 4-0.

Erie went ahead 5-0 in the sixth when Dylan Rosa doubled and scored on a Valente double.

Reading responded in the bottom of the seventh against Erie reliever Billy Lescher. Matt Kroon and Arquimedes Gamboa reached on back-to-back one out walks. With two outs, Daniel Brito lifted a fly ball to left that was dropped by Rosa and the error allowed two runs to score.

Erie carried a 5-2 lead in the ninth and handed the ball to Joe Navilhon. Luke Miller led off with a single. With one out, Gamboa grounded to second and a throwing error allowed both baserunners to reach safely. Dalton Guthrie and Daniel Brito each collected RBI singles to bring the Fightins to within a run. Matt Vierling then lifted a fly ball to right that was caught by Jacob Robson. Robson fired to the plate as Guthrie attempted to score from third on a sacrifice and a perfect swipe tag from Rosoff ended the game.

SeaWolves starter Elvin Rodriguez hurled four scoreless innings with a walk and six strikeouts in a no-decision effort in his Double-A debut.

Reliever Mark Leiter, Jr. (1-0)earned the win tossing two scoreless innings in relief with a pair of walks and two strikeouts. Navilhon earned his first save.

McArthur (0-1) took the loss allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in three innings.

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