Erie MLN: More Rainouts Than Strikeouts

So far this season, the Erie SeaWolves have seen more rainouts than strikeouts (metaphorically speaking, of course). The SeaWolves put up with a pair of washouts in the week that was en route to a 1-2 record.

The Wolves dropped to 7-8, which is good for fourth place in the Western Division, and are slated to play their third double-header in 10 days Tuesday after rain interrupted plans for a series-opener against the Eastern Division-leading Reading Phillies.

Roster moves

With one player returning from an injury and another exceeding expectations at the plate, the Tigers farm system made a pair of moves Monday.

Rawley Bishop was activated from the disabled list, after the first baseman missed the last twelve games with a sprained MCL. Bishop wrenched his knee while trying to break up a double-play against Altoona April 11.

In three games, Bishop, 24, was hitting .222 with one run batted in.

Bishop is a line-drive hitter who most likely projects as a first baseman. In half a season in Erie in 2010, Bishop hit .252 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs.

To make room for Bishop, designated hitter Bryan Pounds was promoted to Triple-A Toledo Monday.

Pounds was hitting .314, and was arguably the SeaWolves' most consistent hitter. Pounds is second on the team with 26 total bases, and ranked first in runs scored with 11.

Pounds' DH spot is expected to be alternated by Bishop and Michael Bertram, who has played first base in Bishop's absence.

Feast or Famine

The SeaWolves were able to crank out 18 runs over the course of two games against the Bowie Baysox Saturday, but only came out with a split after tallying 15 in the first game compared to just three in the nightcap.

This production was representative of the season, as Erie has managed to score three runs or fewer after an output of seven or more runs in the previous game three times.

One may be able to point to the uncertainty on the mound, as three of the five Wolves starters have yet to log wins. And although ace Jacob Turner has been dominant in his three starts (1.83 ERA), the bullpen has managed to blow two of the games in the final innings.

Heating it up

SeaWolves right-fielder Ben Guez has picked up his offense in recent games, and is now Erie's best hitter and the Eastern League's fourth best, with an average of .381. In his last eight games, Guez is hitting a blistering .481, and is nine-for-his-last-13 trips to the plate.

With three RBIs in each of the last two games, Guez has vaulted himself into third on the team with 9 runs batted in, behind only Jamie Johnson and Deik Scram, who each have 10.

Guez isn't the only Erie outfielder catching fire at the plate.

Justin Henry has made himself into a regular in the outfield after starting the season as the odd-man-out in Erie's infield.

A second baseman by trade, Henry has given manager Chris Cron an easy decision to get his bat in the lineup. Alternating positions in the outfield, Henry has hit .333 in his first nine games. The 25-year-old has also hit safely in six-of-his-last-11 at-bats in the Wolves' last three games.

The week ahead

Erie will play for the first time since Saturday, when they host Reading in a double-header Tuesday. The SeaWolves will then finish out the homestand with a pair of games against the Phillies, before heading to Altoona for a weekend series.

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