Erie MLN: Wyatt Helps Continue Hot Streak

The Erie SeaWolves continued their torrid pace by extending their winning streak to seven in a row before dropping the final two games at home Saturday and Sunday. The SeaWolves currently stand at 55-59, good for fifth in the Eastern League's Western Division.

Streak Extended

The SeaWolves put together a season-high winning streak of seven games, thanks in large part to dominant pitching performances and timely hitting.

The SeaWolves put together a 29-inning scoreless pitching streak, and saw a pair of walk-off wins in as many nights, as they have vaulted themselves to within 8.5 games of the division-leading Harrisburg Senators.

After taking the final three in a four-game series against the Akron Aeros to end July, the Wolves picked up where they left off by sweeping a three-game set at home against the New Britain Rock Cats.

The ‘Wolves started the home stand in grand style Tuesday, when Justin Henry singled home Jamie Johnson in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Rock Cats 6-5.

Erie followed the thrilling victory with a 3-2 win Wednesday with a new hero. Brent Wyatt hit a solo home run over the right field wall to send 4,539 fans home happy.

The SeaWolves continued their role with a pair of blowout wins, before dropping the home stand's final two games to end the winning streak at seven.

Erie Eyes are Smyling

Since being called up from Single-A Lakeland, starting pitcher Drew Smyly has done nothing to hurt his cause for a bid the rotation in the SeaWolves' 2012 starting rotation.

In two starts, the 22-year-old left-hander has yet to allow an earned run over the course of 12 innings, and has recorded 16 strikeouts.

Smyly got the nod for Erie after Jacob Turner's spot start for Detroit July 29. He responded with seven scoreless innings in a win over Akron before giving up a lone unearned run in a five-inning performance in Friday's 5-1 win over Harrisburg.

The second-round pick in last year's draft has even managed to catch the eye of manager Chris Cron in his short time in Erie.

"The kid knows how to pitch," he said. "He's a great addition, and it's fun to watch him pitch."

Smyly features a fastball in the low-90s, a cutter, changeup and curve, but attributes his success to a simple formula.

"You just got to throw strikes, and let the defense worry about the balls put in play. That's been my key all season," he said.

Harper Mania

Erie got its first taste of highly-touted Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, when the 2010 first overall pick led the Harrisburg Senators to a series win over the weekend. His appearance drew nearly 5,200 fans to Jerry Uht Park Saturday night alone.

Harper, 18, went 5-for-12 in the series with a double, triple and home run to go along with three RBIs.

Harper's most impressive swing was a foul ball to right field that hit a building across the street from Jerry Uht Park Saturday night. The blast barely was ruled wide of the foul pole.

The Nationals made Harper unavailable for comment to the media last week after repeated requests.

The Week Ahead

The SeaWolves will make their New England swing this week, traveling to New Hampshire for a three-game series, before taking on the Portland Sea Dogs in a three-game set.

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