When position players pitch for Erie SeaWolves, the results can be ugly or effective

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The Erie SeaWolves played in front of their first crowd of more than 3,000 fans on Tuesday as they welcomed thousands of kids to UPMC Park.

The 'Wolves fell behind 5-3 after seven innings, but instead of staging a comeback for the crowd, Erie allowed seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to trail 13-3.

As a result of the struggling bullpen, Erie manager Gabe Alvarez turned to a position player to get the final out in the ninth inning instead of wasting an appearance by another pitcher. Catcher Jon Rosoff made his second career outing on the mound for the SeaWolves.

Sometimes, when position players pitch, the results can be ugly. For instance, when outfielder Luke Burch pitched against the Bowie Baysox in 2019 while Erie trailed 14-4 in the ninth inning, he gave up four runs, thanks to two errors by the SeaWolves.

Other times, to the delight of fans, position players can be effective at getting outs. Many of the SeaWolves' most recent pitching appearances by position players have resulted in effective but brief outings.

Here's a look at the past 10 pitching appearances by position players for the SeaWolves:

Jon Rosoff, Erie SeaWolves
Jon Rosoff, Erie SeaWolves

Date: Tuesday

Name: Jon Rosoff

Position: Catcher

Opponent: New Hampshire

Situation: 2 outs in the 9th inning, down 12-3

Result: RBI double down the right-field line, flyout to centerfield.

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Date: Sept. 4, 2021

Name: Jon Rosoff

Position: Catcher

Opponent: Harrisburg

Situation: 2 outs in the 9th inning, down 8-1

Result: Groundout to second.

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Date: May 25, 2019

Name: Luke Burch

Position: Outfield

Opponent: Bowie

Situation: Start of the 9th inning, down 14-4

Result: Allowed four runs on two hits and two SeaWolves errors.

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Date: May 25, 2019

Name: Chace Numata

Position: Catcher

Opponent: Bowie

Situation: 1 out in the 9th inning, down 18-4

Result: He allowed an RBI single but ended the inning by inducing a double play.

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Date: Aug. 14, 2018

Name: Will Maddox

Position: Second base

Opponent: Harrisburg

Situation: Start of the 9th inning, down 15-3

Result: He allowed a leadoff double but retired the side on a flyout and to line outs.

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Date: Sept. 1, 2017

Name: Zack Cox

Position: Designated hitter

Opponent: Akron

Situation: Start of the 8th inning, down 7-4

Result: He gave up a walk but retired the side on three groundouts.

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Date: Aug. 16, 2017

Name: Zack Cox

Position: Designated hitter

Opponent: Binghamton

Situation: Start of the 9th inning, down 14-2

Result: He retired the side without a run scoring while giving up only a single.

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Date: June 19, 2017

Name: Logan Watkins

Position: Second base

Opponent: Portland

Situation: Start of the 9th inning, down 12-6

Result: He allowed a single and a walk but pitched a scoreless inning.

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Date: July 21, 2015

Name: James Robbins

Position: First base

Opponent: Altoona

Situation: 1 out in the 6th inning of the first game of a doubleheader, down 18-7

Result: He gave up an RBI double but retired the side on two flyouts.

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Date: April 29, 2009

Name: Joe Tucker

Position: Outfield

Opponent: Bowie

Situation: Start of the 9th inning, down 6-1

Result: He allowed the Baysox to load the bases with one out, but he then got an inning-ending double play.

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