Myers Homers but Late Walks Loom Large in Defeat

Erie Seawolves

The SeaWolves let a late lead slip away as their three-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs on Friday night at Hadlock Field.
Erie jumped ahead in the top of the second against Portland starter Brian Van Belle. Van Belle retired

The SeaWolves let a late lead slip away as their three-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs on Friday night at Hadlock Field.

Erie jumped ahead in the top of the second against Portland starter Brian Van Belle. Van Belle retired the first five batters of the game before giving up an opposite-field line drive single to Dillon Dingler. Dane Myers followed with a monster two-run home run to center for a 2-0 lead. The home run for Myers was his 17th and it traveled 432’ with an exit velocity of 105 MPH.

SeaWolves starter, Sawyer Gipson-Long made his Tigers organization debut after being traded from the Twins to the Tigers in the Michael Fulmer trade. Gipson-Long ran into trouble in the first inning but got through it without any damage.

In the last of the fifth, Alex Binelas doubled and scored on a one-out singled from Izzy Wilson. The Dogs would load the bases on Gipson-Long on a Wil Dalton hit by pitch and a two-out walk by Wilyer Abreau. Gipson-Long induced a pop-out off the bat of Ceddanne Rafaela for the final out, keeping Erie ahead.

Gipson-Long took a no-decision allowing a run on four this with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Billy Lescher was the first man out of the bullpen for Erie. He gave up a leadoff double to Christian Koss in the sixth before retiring the next six batters. Lescher finished the night with four strikeouts.

The Sea Dogs took their first lead of the series in the last of the eighth against newly acquired J.T. Hintzen. Hintzen walked Abreau and Rafaela putting the tying and go-ahead runs on base with no outs. Koss flew out for the first out but Stephen Scott followed with a two-run double that drew chalk down the right field line, giving the Dogs a 3-2 lead. Hintzen would get the next two batters, leaving the deficit at one heading into the ninth.

Portland summoned Michael Gettys for the ninth. He gave up a one-out single to Wenceel Perez before striking out the next two batters, earning his first Double-A save.

Dogs reliever Jacob Wallace (2-2) earned the win tossing 0.2 scoreless innings.

Hintzen (0-1) took the loss allowing two runs on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in one inning of relief.

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