Erie MLN: Checking Off a Pair of Firsts

The Erie SeaWolves were able to check off a pair of items on their season check list Monday night at Jerry Uht Park: net their first three-game win streak of the season, and give the organization's No. 1 prospect his first Double-A win.

"The more run support you get, the better off you're going to be," Turner said while being plastered with a congratulatory shaving cream pie by teammates.

Turner's fastball consistently clocked in the mid-90s, as he struck out six in 6 and 2/3 innings, while allowing one unearned run to improve to 1-1.

"I had control of all of my pitches, whenever that happens it makes it a lot easier," Turner said.

The SeaWolves managed a 4-2 record, and concluded the week in grand style by pasting the Akron Aeros 10-3. Erie also climbed its way out of last place in the Western Division, and are now one game below .500, carrying a 14-15 record.

The SeaWolves moved from last place to within a half-game of Western Division-leading Harrisburg Monday night.

Rock solid offense

If there is one consistent part of the SeaWolves, it is undoubtedly their offense. In the week that was, the SeaWolves registered at least six runs in each game, except for their 7-1 loss to the Binghamton Mets in the series finale Thursday.

Though three of the Wolves' wins were done in blowout style, Erie's 5-3 victory over the Bowie Baysox Sunday was the Wolves' first win with a margin of victory of less than three runs since April 26.

"(Winning different ways) oozes confidence," said Erie manager Chris Cron. "There's three aspects of the game—offense, defense and pitching, and if you get those consistently, you have a good chance to win."

"When we're clicking this way, it breeds confidence and builds momentum," Cron said.

Right fielder Ben Guez's clutch hitting gave Erie the confidence-boosting win, when he belted a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Guez continued his tear, raising his batting average to .333, good for sixth in the Eastern League.

Erie currently boasts three regulars hitting over .300 in Guez, Henry, Johnson in addition to Shawn Roof, who is hitting .333 since being promoted from High-A Lakeland on April 11.

Roster Moves

The SeaWolves were main players in a pair of transactions over the past week.

The first move sent a new backstop Erie's way, as catcher Jeff Kunkel was optioned to Class-A Lakeland at the same time John Murrian was demoted from Toledo.

Kunkel was hitting .176 in six games for the Wolves, while Murrian hit at a .133 clip in 14 games for Toledo. Bryan Holaday, who is hitting .267 with three home runs, has served as the starting catcher for Erie.

Erie also felt a direct effect in the bullpen, as Lester Oliveros was promoted to Toledo after compiling a tidy .56 ERA and a 2-0 record while with Erie. In return, the Wolves re-acquired pitcher Zach Simons.

Simons started the season and appeared in two games while with the SeaWolves before being promoted to Toledo. The 25-year-old managed a 5.11 ERA and a 0-1 record for the Mudhens.

Though not on the disabled list, outfielder Deik Scram continues to miss time due to back spasms. Scram has not played since April 30.

In his place, Henry has taken over in left field during his absence.

Where are they?

After the first month of the season, the SeaWolves rank last in average attendance.

In 14 games at Jerry Uht Park, the Wolves are averaging an attendance of just over 1,800.

The Binghamton Mets rank one spot ahead of Erie with 2,150 fans per contest, while the first-place Richmond Flying Squirrels admit 5,800 each game.

Erie fans have had to deal with uncooperative weather for much of the season thus far, leading to three rainouts.

The week ahead

Erie will finish its three-game homestand with Akron, before it travels to Altoona to face the Curve, who currently posses a record identical to the SeaWolves. The series will consist of four games before the Wolves return home.

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