ERIE — Opening its final homestand of the 2010 Eastern League season, the Erie SeaWolves scored a 4-2 victory Monday night over the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Jerry Uht Park.
A “buck night” crowd of 5,552 fans watched the SeaWolves (61-74), last in the league's Western Division, beat the next-to-last Flying Squirrels (64-70) in the opener of a four-game series.
Erie’s Adam Wilk, who pitched a one-hit shutout for eight innings in his Double-A debut, was nearly as impressive in his second start. The left-hander gave way to Lester Oliveros in the ninth after allowing two hits and two walks to go with his eight strikeouts.
Wilk made only one mistake, which resulted in a tape-measure home run for Richmond's Clay Timpner in the bottom of the second inning.
The SeaWolves never trailed despite Timpner's mammoth shot to right.
They scored twice in the first off three straight hits by Brent Wyatt, Brandon Douglas and Bryan Pounds. Billy Nowlin’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0.
In a two-run fifth, Douglas led off with a single and stole second. Pounds drew a walk, both Wolves scoring on a Deik Scram’s two-out double to right-center.
Wilk wound up fanning eight and walking two in his eight innings worked, Oliveros gave up two hits and a run in the ninth to earn his 13th save.
Erie hosts Richmond again Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m., the final game of the series being manager Phil Nevin bobblehead giveaway night.