Throughout April, falling behind early and inconsistent performances were recurring themes which plagued the SeaWolves night after night. Erie ended the month at home, dropping two of three games to Binghamton but celebrated a 10-5 rain shortened game victory (game called in the 6th inning) over Altoona on April 30th.
A Rotating Roster
The club welcomed new players to the locker room this week while others have been called to play elsewhere. Infielders Rawley Bishop and Brent Dlugach along with pitcher Zach Miner got the call to play for the Tigers Triple-A affiliate, Toledo, earlier this week while Wade Gaynor and Cory Jones both transferred from Single-A Lakeland to Erie. Gaynor, a third baseman, posted a .230 average with 13 RBIs in just 17 games played for Lakeland.
Other roster moves included outfielder Ben Guez and pitcher Zach Samuels being activated from the disabled list.
Left handed pitcher Ramon Garcia was transferred from Triple-A affiliate Toledo to Erie.
Upon returning home from a seven game road trip, outfielder Brett Wyatt announced his retirement from baseball on April 27th.
On May 1st Tyler Stohr was placed on the disabled list due to an inflammation in his right elbow.
Rob Brantly and Niuman Romero have continued to be remarkable at the plate for the SeaWolves. Brantly, who went 2-for-4 last night in the ‘Wolves 8-11 loss to Altoona extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. Brantly continues to have tactful at bats resulting in a .373 average and 28 hits for the season.
Niuman Romero has 34 hits thus far in the season and has the second most hits in all of the Eastern League. "I am just trying to see how they are pitching to me, just trying to get one pitch, you know my pitch, and if I get it put a good swing on it" said Romero when asked about his success at the plate. Having patience at the plate has allowed Romero to compile 18 runs batted in and 42 total bases. Romero has also been very difficult to strike out, posting only 9 strikeouts this season. He currently has a ratio of one strikeout for every 10.88 at bats.
Brantly and Romero both have 18 runs batted in on the season which results in the two players being tied for the most RBIs on the team along with being tied for the third most RBIs in the Eastern League.
Moving into May
Thursday the SeaWolves will wrap up a four game series at home against Altoona, looking to split the series after losing two straight games to the Curve. On Friday the team will be in Reading for a three game series followed by three games at Western Division leader Akron. Erie is currently 10-14 overall and 7 ½ games back of Akron.