Erie MLN: Trying to Snap Losing Skid

After finally stopping a five-game losing streak Sunday with a dramatic ninth-inning win over the Akron Aeros, the SeaWolves turned to their ace and stopper Jacob Turner in hopes of starting a winning streak of their own Monday.

Despite eight strong innings from Turner, the SeaWolves' bats turned cold, as they fell in the series opener to the Richmond Squirrels 3-2. Erie moved to 47-55 with the loss, and dropped to fourth place in the Western Division.

Scram saves the day

Outfielder Deik Scram was responsible in preventing Akron from converting a four-game road sweep over the SeaWolves, when his liner over the right-field wall gave the SeaWolves a 4-3 win Sunday.

Scram hit a two-run home run against Akron closer Cory Burns with one out in the bottom of the ninth after Audy Ciriaco walked in the previous at-bat

Scram's fifth home run of the season was Erie's sixth walk-off win at home of the season. Since coming off the disabled list for a shoulder injury on July 17, Scram is hitting .355 with a pair of home runs.

Burns leads the Eastern League with 27 saves, and shut the door in Akron's 6-5 win over the Wolves Friday night.

The win followed a team meeting after the SeaWolves dropped their fifth in a row Saturday night, when they managed just five hits in a 7-1 loss.

No Luck

The SeaWolves couldn't find a way to win during their five-game losing streak, as they lost in a variety of manners.

Perhaps the most frustrating of all loses in the swoon was a 13-12 defeat to the Trenton Thunder Wednesday night.

In a see-saw battle that saw six lead changes and lasted 3 hours, 44 minutes, the SeaWolves squandered a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, when reliever Austin Wood allowed five consecutive batters to reach base.

Erie recorded 18 hits, registered seven runs in the sixth inning and were aided by five Trenton errors, but could not put the Thunder away.

The SeaWolves also lost by one run to Akron Friday night.

The SeaWolves have lost four of their last five series, and have not won a series since they opened the month by taking two of three from Akron.

High Praise

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski recently gave his Jacob Turner his vote of confidence, however said the mother club would not start in Detroit this year.

With the Tigers down a starting pitcher, Dombrowski said a major league call-up of the 20-year-old is "unlikely" this season, citing an innings limit as a reason.

"We love him," Dombrowski said. "We think he's going to be a No. 1 starter. He's very close to pitching in the big leagues. I'm not sure how much more time he needs in the minors, except that he's also pitched a lot of innings this year compared to where he's been in the past. We always have concerns about that. The innings pitched becomes an important factor."

Turner is considered by TigsTown as the top-ranked prospect in the Tiger organization.

Former SeaWolf Duane Below was eventually inserted into the starting rotation for Detroit.

The Week Ahead The SeaWolves will finish up their homestand with a pair of games against the Flying Squirrels, before travelling to Akron for a four-game set against the Aeros this weekend.

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