Erie MLN: New Faces in Black and Orange

While the SeaWolves have been on the road playing against Bowie and Trenton, the club has acquired several new players to add to the Erie roster. The new acquisitions will help the team out on the mound, especially with key players like Jay Voss and Zach Samuels headed to the disabled list.

Welcome to Erie

Being in need of depth on the mound in the minor leagues the Detroit Tigers traded the Kansas City Royals cash for pitcher Zach Miner. Miner, who played for the Tigers organization from 2005 – 2009, spent last season playing for the Royals Double-A and Triple-A teams, largely due to undergoing and recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2010.

Mark Sorenson is also a new face which can be seen sporting the Erie uniform, being re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie earlier this week. Sorenson made 17 starting appearances with the SeaWolves in 2011 and began the 2012 season with Lakeland, starting two games for the Flying Tigers posting a 4.50 ERA.

Another new face to the SeaWolves roster is right handed pitcher, Patrick Cooper. Cooper was moved up to Erie from Lakeland. Since with Erie, Cooper has pitched for 4 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and four earned runs.

Ramon Garcia, who made one start for the SeaWolves this season, was re-assigned to Triple-A affiliate Toledo.

On the Road Again

In a four game series against Bowie, the ‘Wolves beat the Baysox twice in three games, the 4th game was rained out. In a 2-5 loss to the Baysox, Jordan Lennerton hit is league leading 6th home run of the season while Jared Wesson threw 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs on five hits.

Starting pitcher, Kelvin De La Cruz had an amazing outing against the Baysox in the SeaWolves 5-1 win on April 22nd. De La Cruz allowed only two hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts, blanking the Baysox in six innings of work.

Currently in the middle of a three game series versus Trenton, the SeaWolves and Thunder each have one a victory. After losing their first game to Trenton 4-11, the Erie looked to redeem themselves against star pitcher Andy Pettitte, former New York Yankee and Houston Astro. With a packed house at Waterfront Park, Erie ruined Pettitte's return to Trenton. The ‘Wolves jumped on the Thunder early and had four runs and seven hits off of Pettitte's arm. Solid bats and a strong outing from starting pitcher Zack Segovia, who threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, led to a 10-4 victory for Erie.

1,000th Victory

On Saturday April 21st Erie beat Bowie by a score of 4-3. This significance of this win is that it gave Erie's manager, Chris Cron, his 1,000th career victory. Rob Brantly went 3-for-4 driving in one run while James Avery pitched five full innings allowing only one earned run on five hits en route to picking up his second win of the season.

Looking Ahead

Erie finished up its three game series against Trenton on Thursday afternoon. The club will return home to Pennsylvania for seven games, hosting the Binghamton Mets for a three game series followed by four games versus the Altoona Curve. Currently, the SeaWolves are 8-10 and tied for fourth place of the Western Division, just four games back from the Harrisburg Senators.

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