Harrisburg starter Robbie Ray and the Senators’ bullpen held the Erie Seawolves to just four hits Saturday, beating Erie 5-1, and eliminating the Seawolves in four games in the best-of-five Western Division final in the Eastern League playoffs.
Ray pitched 6-and-two-thirds innings, allowed one run and three hits, struck out six batters and walked two. Harrisburg’s pitching staff led the Eastern League in earned run average this year.
Steven Souza went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Senators. Rick Hogue posted two hits and an RBI. Jerad Head also recorded two hits.
Erie starter Ramon Garcia was the losing pitcher, working just three innings. Garcia surrendered three runs (two earned) and six hits, and struck out six hitters without walking a man.
A double by Daniel Fields, driving home Eugenio Suarez, who had walked, provided Erie with their only run.
Harrisburg will open the Eastern League Championship Series on Tuesday in New Jersey against the Trenton Thunder.