The Erie SeaWolves edged the Reading Fightin Phils 2-1 on Wednesday night at First Energy Stadium to notch the series win.
The Fightins struck first in the second inning against Erie starter Alex Faedo. Austin Listi led off and belted a solo home run, his seventh.
The SeaWolves took the lead in the top of the third. Derek Hill singled with one out and Isaac Paredes was hit by a pitch. Jose Azocar then walked, loading the bases for Frank Schwindel. Schwindel lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Hill, tying the game 1-1. Kade Scivicque followed with a two-out, RBI single, scoring Paredes for a 2-1 Erie advantage.
Once the Wolves grabbed the lead, Faedo buckled down and dominated the Fightins over his final four innings of work. He struck out the side in the third and went on to strike out nine hitters from the third through the sixth, finishing with 10 punchouts.
Drew Carlton entered the game in the ninth earning his fifth save and second in as many games. Carlton gave up a leadoff single, bringing the winning run to the plate. He struck out Mickey Moniak (1 for 3 with a double) for the first out, got Darick Hall to pop-out and struck out Listi to end the game. He was the first Erie pitcher in the first two games of the series to retire Listi who had been 6 for 6 with a pair of home runs to that point.
Faedo (4-4) earned the win allowing a run on five hits with a walk. It was the third time this season Faedo struck out 10 or more hitters in the game. He’s also struck out 22 hitters in 12.1 innings of work against Reading.
The SeaWolves will look for a series sweep tonight at 7:10 p.m. Casey Mize (6-0, 1.27 ERA) takes the mound for Erie.
W L Pct. GB
Harrisburg (Nat’ls) 39 25 .609 —
Akron (Indians) 33 31 .516 6
Altoona (Pirates) 31 31 .500 7
Erie (Tigers) 30 30 .500 7
Bowie (Orioles) 26 37 .413 12.5
Richmond (Giants) 23 39 .371 15
Portland 6, Altoona 1
Trenton 7, Binghamton 2
Bowie 4, New Hampshire 2, 10 innings
Richmond 1, Harrisburg 0, 10 innings
Akron 5, Hartford 1
Erie at Reading, 7:10 p.m.
Hartford at Erie, 7:05 p.m.