Turnbull Turns In Complete Game Shutout
Spencer Turnbull tuned the Fightin Phils into the silent bats on Sunday as he recorded the first complete game shutout for the SeaWolves in four years. Erie secured its third straight series win with a 6-0 victory.
"I thought my fastball command was a lot better today," said Turnbull on his first complete-game since his sophomore year of college at Alabama. " My sinker was working for me really well early and I had more movement today. I felt like I had control of it today and that's something I haven't felt like in a while."
Turnbull surrendered just four hits in the game and struck out a season-best 11 batters. The Erie right-hander also threw a season-high 115 pitches, but his manager thought this was the time to let his starter go the distance.
"He earned it," said SeaWolves manager Andrew Graham. "He was mature tonight. He pitched great, a great tempo I thought. Spencer normally doesn't have the best tempo. It was a great job on his behalf.
The complete game was the first by a Howlers pitcher since Kyle Ryan in 2014. Turnbull surprised himself even with the ability to push past the seventh inning.
"I wasn't sure what I had after the seventh but I told [Andrew Graham] I wanted the eighth," said Turnbull. "'You'll be able to tell if I don't have enough and I came out after the eighth and I was like I still got some left. Do what you want but I am good and he gave it to me.'"
Turnbull was helped out on the offensive side by his battering mate Jake Rogers who lined his fourth home run of the year, a three-run shot. The eighth-inning homer put away the Erie win by expanding the lead to 6-0.
"A three-run home run is the best type of situational hitting," said Rogers. "It was good. I just tried to put a good swing on the ball and it got out for me."
The 6-0 win over Reading helped Erie secure its third straight series which is now the longest streak of the season.
Erie is off Monday before heading to the road for a six-game road trip in Hartford and Trenton. SeaWolves will send Kyle Funkhouser to the mound Tuesday against the Yard Goats. The Erie righty looks to build off his first win of the season after pitching seven innings against Hartford last Wednesday. First pitch from Hartford is slated for 7:05.