Ninth Inning Rally Sends SeaWolves to Third Straight Win

Erie Seawolves

The SeaWolves, down to their final out, scored three two-out runs in the ninth inning for a 5-3 comeback win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday afternoon.
The SeaWolves took the lead in the top of the first inning against Fisher Cats starter Adam Kloffenstein when Daniel Cabrera,

The SeaWolves, down to their final out, scored three two-out runs in the ninth inning for a 5-3 comeback win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday afternoon.

The SeaWolves took the lead in the top of the first inning against Fisher Cats starter Adam Kloffenstein when Daniel Cabrera, on the second pitch of the game, homered to right center. His fifth long ball put Erie ahead 1-0.

Erie extended the lead in the third as Parker Meadows worked a 10-pitch at bat and crushed his 10th home run for a 2-0 lead. It was Meadows second home run on the road trip.

Chance Kirby got the start for the SeaWolves and began his outing retiring the first 11 batters he faced. He gave up a two-out double in the fourth before striking out Orelvis Martinez to tie his season-high with eight strikeouts.

The Cats got to Kirby for a run in the home half of the fifth. John Aiello led off with a walk and was doubled to third by Ryan Gold. Sebastian Espino lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Aiello making it a one-run game. Kirby walked a second batter in Zac Cook before inducing an inning-ending pop out.

New Hampshire took the lead against Erie reliver Dario Gardea in the seventh. Gardea hit Gold with two outs, extending the inning. Espino singled to center, pushing Gold into scoring position. A base hit from Cook plated Cook, tying the game. A Gardia wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run in Espino to score from third for a one-run Cats lead.

The Cats remained in the lead until the top of the ninth inning. Andrew Bash started his outing firing two scoreless innings in relief of Kloffenstein. Bash retired the first batter of the ninth before giving up an opposite-field double to Gage Workman, putting the trying run in scoring position. Jon Rosoff grounded out, moving Workman to third. Luis Carpio kept the game alive by drawing a two-out walk, putting the go-ahead run on base. Cabrera singled through the right side, scoring Workman, tying the game. Andrew Navigato followed, worked an eight-pitch at-bat and doubled home Carpio and Cabrera for a 5-3 lead.

Billy Lescher worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth, earning his first save of the season.

Nick Kuzia (4-3) earned the win tossing 1.1 scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out one.

Bash (8-4) took the loss allowing three runs on four this with two walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

Kirby took the no-decision despite hurling a quality start. He allowed a run on three hits with two walks and a season-high 10 strikeouts in six innings.

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