Erie MLN: Road Warriors

In the first full week of May, the SeaWolves found themselves out on the road for six games against Reading and Akron, the two division leaders in the Eastern League. Playing these two clubs back to back would be a tough early season test for the ‘Wolves. Erie fought hard against the two division leaders and bested Reading in a three game series but lost two of three versus Akron.

Battling the Best

The club had an almost perfect three game series against the Reading Phillies. The only blemish for the SeaWolves in this series was an 8-9 game one loss. Despite losing this slugfest there was a positive to be had; all but one of Erie's starters had a hit in the game which shows progress at the plate for the SeaWolves as a team. Erie rallied back to win game two 6-2 and game three 9-4. In the 9-4 victory, Wade Gaynor hit a grand slam for Erie in the bottom of the fifth inning. This was the first grand slam for the team since Deik Scram blasted one on April 23, 2011.

Erie then traveled to Akron for a very unique series against the Aeros. Monday's game was rained out which forced a double-header on Tuesday (both games on Tuesday were only scheduled for seven innings). The ‘Wolves dropped both games of the double-header, game one 0-1 and game two 1-4, but took a 7-5 victory over the Aeros yesterday.

Unfortunately, the 0-1 loss to Akron in first game of the double-header caused several SeaWolves' hitting streaks came to an end. Niuman Romero and Jamie Johnson both had seven game hit streaks going prior to going hitless in the loss. Jordan Lennerton also went hitless and closed the book on a nine game hit streak and most notably Rob Brantly was shutout from the hit column and was forced to end an Eastern League best 13 game hit streak.

Ace on the Mound

James Avery was the starter for Erie May 3rd and was an ace on the mound by tossing a complete game shutout in Erie's 1-0 victory versus the Curve. In the shutout, the Saskatchewan native threw 113 pitches and allowed only five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. Avery is now 4-2 on the season with a 2.70 ERA and .238 OBA.

Making Moves

There were a few changes to roster this week, some of which welcome old faces back to the SeaWolves clubhouse. Infielder Rawley Bishop rejoined the SeaWolves this week after playing in Toledo for a short time. Joining Bishop from Toledo was left handed pitcher Austin Wood, who pitched one inning in the 1-4 loss to Akron on Tuesday, giving up one hit with one strikeout.

Wade Gaynor and Patrick Cooper were both transferred from Erie to play for the Tigers Single-A affiliate, Lakeland.

Returning Home

Tonight the club will play the first of four home games against Altoona, first pitch at 6:35 pm. Erie will then host the Akron Aeros for a mid-week three game series. The SeaWolves are currently just three games below .500 with a record of 14-17 record and find themselves in 4th place of the Western Division, 7 ½ games behind division leader Akron.

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