PORTLAND, Maine — Despite another strong outing from the pitching staff, the Erie SeaWolves’ struggling offense could not produce a run as the Portland Sea Dogs took the first game of the three-game series 1-0 on Tuesday.
It was Erie’s eighth straight loss, and the Wolves have scored only 17 runs in those eight defeats.
The game remained tied until the fifth inning, when the Sea Dogs (34-29) took advantage of Erie's league-leading 69th error of the season. Yamaico Navarro scored on Matt Sheely's two-out double.
Erie (26-37) had at least one baserunner in each of the first seven innings but did not score. The No. 1 through 4 hitters were a combined 0-for-14 with five strikeouts.
Duane Below fell to 2-6, allowing four hits over five innings with one strikeout.
Kyle Weiland moved to 3-4 with the win.
Audy Ciriaco finished with two hits to lead Erie.
Cesar Nicolas was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a right side oblique strain.
The Wolves have two more games at Portland and then three at New Hampshire.