Burrows Buckled In To Lead SeaWolves To Win
Erie SeaWolves starter Beau Burrows best was brought out Sunday as he pitched a season-high seven innings as the Howlers slowed the Altoona Curve 7-1.
"Willie [Blair] came down from the bullpen and said Beau's got his stuff today. I've heard that before and a pitcher came out and had one of the worst games possible, Beau did not," said SeaWolves manager Andrew Graham.
The 21-year-old limited the Curve to just three hits on the afternoon. However, it was the response to a Logan Ratledge home run in the fourth, that impressed his manager most.
"Even when he gave up the home run, it was good to see he could control his composure and he came right back with a strikeout and another strikeout to end that inning," said Graham.
The Texas-native used his off-speed pitches effectively this afternoon to help secure a nine-strikeout performance for the second time this year against Altoona.
"My off-speed was pretty good for most of the game," said Burrows. " [Josh] Thole and I we're good together today and it was fun."
The offense was no issue either this afternoon for Erie.
Daz Cameron crushed his fifth home run in Double-A in the first inning to give the SeaWolves a 2-0 lead. Cameron finished the 2-5 with 3 RBI to pace the Howlers attack.
The SeaWolves followed up the Cameron first-inning home run with four runs in the second to give Burrows plenty of support on the mound.
"Today we came out and got the big hits when we needed to," said Graham of the early offense. "I am happy with the way they played today and that was a good W."
Erie now heads off to Richmond to face the Flying Squirrels for the first time this season starting Monday.
"We got to go in there and play hardball. You never know what you got. Obviously, we're going in their blind... We need to go in there and hopefully take five of six and win series," said Graham.
Alex Faedo [0-0, 5.65 ERA] will make his fourth Double-A start. He will oppose Conner Menez [3-1, 5.13 ERA] for Richmond. First pitch is slated for 6:35.