Erie MLN: Revolving Door Hurting Production

The Erie SeaWolves saw a lackluster week of baseball end when they were able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Altoona Sunday.

The Wolves bookended a pair of wins around four straight losses to the Akron Aeroes and the Curve to reassume last place in the Western division with a 16-19 record.

Erie has had to put up with a revolving door of an offense in recent weeks. As a result, the SeaWolves have failed to score more than two runs in four of their last five games.

The Good news

The basis for the Wolves' struggles may have be predicated their success. In the last week, Erie has sent several high-profile prospects to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

Outfielders Ben Guez and Deik Scram were promoted to Toledo last week, after generating run production and posting solid batting averages.

Guez was assigned to Toledo Wednesday, after the 24-year-old was leading the team with four home runs, 22 RBIs and a 1.004 OPS. He was also carrying a .340 batting average.

In his final game while in Erie on Tuesday, May 10, the right fielder doubled and tripled in his first two at-bats in the Wolves' 8-5 in over Akron. He was promoted to Toledo the next day.

In Guez's roster spot returned designated hitter Bryan Pounds, who was hitting a robust .375 with one home run while with the Mud Hens, but could not find a niche in the middle of Toledo's vaunted order.

Scram was in the Wolves' lineup Friday for the first time since April 30 due to back spasms. He went 2-for-3 and drove in Erie's only runs in Altoona's 6-2 win Friday, before he was promoted to Toledo Saturday.

Scram was hitting .293 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 19 games when he received the call-up. The 27-year-old was called up to Toledo in 2010 after hitting just .221 in the half of the season with the Wolves.

To fill his spot, Erie received right fielder Brent Wyatt from Lakeland, who was hitting .284 while with the Whitecaps. In a brief stint with the SeaWolves at the end of last season, Wyatt hit .228 with two home runs.

O Henry

Since Scram and Guez were promoted to Toledo, the SeaWolves have been in search of a player to step into the run-producing role. They may have found it in outfielder Justin Henry.

Henry was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of May 9 to 15, after going 13-28 during that span.

The 26-year-old registered five multi-hit games and improved his batting average 46 points—from .322 to .368.

Henry is noted for his speed and contact hitting, could be a catalyst for the Wolves this season, as he ranks second hitting and on-base percentage, with a .455 clip.

The Week Ahead

The SeaWolves will face their first Eastern Division foe in two weeks when they host Trenton in the only series of a brief three-game home stand starting Tuesday at Jerry Uht Park.

The Wolves will then travel to Bowie, where they will attempt to improve their dismal 4-12 mark on the road.


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