PORTLAND, Maine — The Erie SeaWolves hit four solo home runs and led wire-to-wire in a 9-3 Eastern League baseball victory over the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday afternoon at Hadlock Field.
Anthony Gose led off the ballgame with a solo homer to center field on the second pitch he saw from Mitch Atkins (3-6). With two outs, Jason Krizan hit a solo homer over the Sea Dogs’ bullpen to make it 2-0 Erie.
Atkins allowed five runs on six hits in five innings while walking four and striking out seven for the SeaWolves (45-66).
After Erie scored twice in the third inning, Danny Bethea of Portland (42-68) led off the bottom of the third with a solo homer over the Maine Monster on the first pitch he saw from Tommy Collier.
Collier allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Tommy Shirley (1-0) worked two scoreless innings of relief and struck out three.
Erie added a run in the fifth on a two-out RBI single by Corey Jones to score Mike Gerber, then scored twice in the sixth off of Jake Drehoff on a solo homer by Grayson Greiner and an RBI single by Gustavo Nunez to make it 7-2.
Erie’s fourth home run came in the eighth on a leadoff solo shot by Kody Eaves off of Ty Buttrey.
Cole Sturgeon hit a solo homer off of Paul Voelker in the bottom of the eighth for his fifth homer of the season.
The Sea Dogs’ homestand continues as the Akron RubberDucks visit Hadlock Field for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Kevin McAvoy (7-6, 6.52) is gets the ball for Portland against Rob Kaminsky (5-7, 3.70) of Akron.