From Combined Sources
ERIE — When you are in last place, the last thing you need is to spot the first-place team four runs in the top of the first inning.
That’s what the Erie SeaWolves did on Wednesday afternoon and never dug out of the hole, dropping a 6-3 decision in front of 3,618 fans.
The SeaWolves dropped to 42-63, while the Altoona Curve took the rubber game of the three-game series to improve to 60-43.
In the first inning, Altoona’s Matt Hague and Miles Durham hit homers off Erie starter Thad Weber (7-11).
The SeaWolves scored two runs off Altoona left-hander Justin Wilson (8-6), then scored again in the second when Shawn Roof's two-out bunt down the third-base line plated Chris White.
Erie did not score again while Altoona added two runs in the third as Durham added a sacrifice fly for his third RBI and Brandon Jones followed with a run-scoring double.
The teams did not score again only hours after they played 12 scoreless innings Tuesday night, when Erie finally won 2-0 on a Cale Iorg home run in the bottom of the 13th.
Curve leadoff hitter Chase d'Arnaud, the Eastern League All-Star Game MVP, finished with three hits and a walk.
Weber left after he allowed six runs and eight of its nine hits over six innings. The right-hander still leads the league in innings pitched with 139 1/3.
Altoona’s Wilson and reliever Tom Boleska held Erie to one hit and two walks over the final six innings.
Kody Kaiser lined a double in the bottom of the sixth but was caught stealing third.
Roof's bunt single was one of the SeaWolves' six hits. After the game, the second baseman was called up to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens to fill a roster spot vacated by Tuesday's suspension of former Erie slugger Cesar Nicolas.
Erie hopes to change its luck at home tonight against Binghamton (53-51).
It’s “bring your pet to the game” and “adult hat giveaway” night.