ERIE — The Erie SeaWolves three-game winning streak was snapped by the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 10-6 Monday in front of a sellout “buck night” crowd of 6,680 at UPMC Park.
Erie belted five home runs but all five were solo shots. Grayson Greiner, Christin Stewart and A.J. Simcox all homered in the second inning. Mike Gerber homered in the third and Dawel Lugo went deep in the seventh. The three-home run inning was the first for Erie since July 23, when Wade Hinkle, Gabriel Quintana and Lugo all homered in Reading.
Down 4-0 Greiner hit his 11th of the season. Stewart followed with his league-leading 25th homer. Simcox homered to left-center, his sixth of the season, to make it a 4-3 game.
Down 6-3, Gerber’s solo homer was his ninth of the season and second in the past three games.
The SeaWolves final run came in the bottom of the seventh when Lugo capped the five-home run night with a solo blast to left, his fifth, making it 8-6. Erie would get no closer.
A.J. Ladwig (7-5) took the loss allowing six runs on 11 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in three innings of work.
Tommy Milone (1-0) earned the win allowing six runs on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
• The SeaWolves (59-61) and Rumble Ponies (69-49) meet in the middle game of the series tonight at 7:05 p.m. Lefty Matt Crouse (6-5, 4.55 ERA) takes the mound for Erie.
It’s also “Bark at the Park” night where fans can bring their well-behaved, leashed dogs to the game. All dogs get in free.
• Middle infielder/outfielder Harold Castro is the Eastern League player of the week and right-hander Beau Burrows the league’s pitcher of the week.