Erie MLN: Sliding SeaWolves

Gayhart was a bright spot for the 'Wolves

As the summer temperatures in Erie continue to rise the SeaWolves find themselves dropping in the Eastern League standings. Posting a record of just 2-4 this past week did not help the team move up in the standings nor help the club get above the .500 mark. A lack in run production and blown leads were the main causes for the team dropping four of their last six games.

After sliding some in the standings this week, the team howlers are currently tied for 3rd place in the Western Division with a record of 30-33, 11 games back from division leader Akron.

Thunderstruck

This past Thursday, Erie lost the rubber match of a three game series to the Thunder, 1-5. Despite out-hitting the Thunder 9-5, the SeaWolves managed to get just one run across the plate and couldn't provide enough run support for starter Jared Wesson. Wesson who gave up five runs, four earned, and four walks in six innings of work took the loss, his third of the season.

Rocked by the Rock Cats

On June 8th – 10th the SeaWolves and the New Britain Rock Cats squared off against each other for the first time this year in a three game series at Jerry Uht Park. In game one of the three game series the bats were on fire for both teams but Erie pulled out a 9-7 victory over the Rock Cats. In the victory, Jordan Lennerton hit his 11th homerun of the year and currently has the 3rd most homeruns in all of the Eastern League.

Unfortunately after the game one win the SeaWolves bats would go stone cold while the Rock Cats bats would remain red hot. In games two and three of the series the ‘Wolves were shutout twice by New Britain and lost both games by a score of 0-6.

Austin Wood's Travels

It was an interesting week for SeaWolves pitcher Austin Wood. On June 7th, Wood was transferred to the Tigers Triple-A affiliate Toledo but was transferred back to Erie on June 9th. Wood has had outings for both the SeaWolves and the Mud Hens this season and has an overall record of 1-0 with an ERA of 4.64 in 21 1/3 innings pitched. With Erie, Wood is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.89 allowing just six runs with nine strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings.

Double Duty

The club was forced to pull double duty once again this past week while playing in Harrisburg versus the Senators. Last night the SeaWolves and the Senators played two seven inning games, each winning one game apiece.

In game one the howlers took their first lead of the game in the top of the 5th but Harrisburg made a late game charge by scoring two runs in "extra innings" (bottom of the 8th inning) to down the ‘Wolves 7-8. Rawley Bishop and James McCann each homered and combined for three RBIs in the loss. Zach Samuels took his first loss of the season by giving up two late game runs and allowed a run to be scored for the first time since May 12th (13 1/3 innings). In game two of the doubleheader the SeaWolves pounced all over the Senators by scoring four runs in the top of the 1st and 2nd innings, jumping out to an early lead. The SeaWolves would maintain their lead and bring home the 8-2 victory. Starter Patrick Cooper tossed four innings allowing two runs on five hits. Jared Gayhart got his first win of the season by throwing three scoreless innings late in the game to seal the victory for Erie.

Mid-June The ‘Wolves will finish their three games series versus the Harrisburg Senators tonight at Metro Bank Park, game time 7:00 pm. After hosting the Rock Cats this past week, Erie will travel to New Britain for another three game series against the Rock Cats. The club returns home to Jerry Uht Park next Tuesday, June 19th, to face the Bowie Baysox for three games.

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