Erie MLN: What a Difference a Month Makes

The SeaWolves closed out the month of June by winning three of four versus division leader Akron and won the opening game of a four game series against Harrisburg. Erie posted a record of 16-12 in June and as the month's end were hovering around 2nd place in the division. Unfortunately, as soon as the calendar flipped to July the club has gone just 1-4.

Nine Is Not Enough Last Friday night the team needed ten innings to take down the Aeros in Akron. Erie jumped ahead in the top of the first when Rawley Bishop doubled bringing in Castellanos and Lennerton home, giving the howlers an early lead.

Akron bounced back and would eventually tie the game at four all. The Aeros had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on but were held scoreless by Kenny Faulk. In the extra frame, Tony Plagman singled which scored Niuman Romero, who walked earlier, giving Erie the 5-4 lead. Bruce Rondon took over in the bottom of the tenth and blanked the Aeros allowing the ‘Wolves to take the hard earned 5-4 victory.

SeaWolves and Sens Slug It Out

One night after the extra inning victory over the Aeros the SeaWolves found themselves in a slugfest with the Senators. The two teams combined for 38 hits and 22 runs but the SeaWolves outlasted the Senators by a score of 13-9. Jamie Johnson was on fire at the plate totaling five hits in the SeaWolves victory. Jordan Lennerton also had a great night with bat-in-hand by going 3-for-6 with one homerun and four runs batted in. Lennerton is currently tied for the most homeruns in the league with 17. Every starter for Erie had at least one hit or more in the wild win over Harrisburg.

James Avery got the win by allowing seven runs and thirteen hits with no walks in seven innings of work.

July Woes

After closing June on two high notes Erie has struggled mightily in July by dropping four of five and is searching to find the level of play which the club displayed throughout June. The club has given up early runs lately and run production has fallen off as well. The howlers look to get back their winning ways and hope to right the ship before the Eastern League All-Star Game.

Erie All-Stars The Eastern League All-Star game will occur on July 11th in Reading, Pennsylvania which will showcase three Erie players. First baseman Jordan Lennerton, shortstop Niuman Romero, and pitcher James Avery will be a part of the West team for the All-Star game. Lennerton and Romero have been defensive studs for the SeaWolves this season while also being strong offensive assets to the club. Avery has been a tactful and aggressive pitcher when atop the mound for the ‘Wolves in the first half of the season and leads all Erie pitchers in wins with nine.

Saving Grace Since joining the team a few weeks ago closer Bruce Rondon has been sensational for Erie. The hard throwing right-hander shows great command of the ball and can reach speeds over 95 miles per hour. In his short time with the club Rondon has already earned seven saves and is only allowing a batting average against of just .091. With All-Star festivities coming up, he'll be one of two SeaWolves (along with Nick Castellanos) that will represent the Tigers at the Futures Game.

Revolving Door

The Erie roster experienced a few changes this week. The biggest change was catcher Luis Sanz being placed on the disabled list for suffering a concussion after a violent collision at the plate in a 2-9 loss to the Aeros on Wednesday night. As a result of Sanz's injury, Wes Thigpen was transferred from Class-A Connecticut to Erie. While in Class-A Thigpen had a .231 average with one run batted in, in four games.

Infielder Bryan Pounds was transferred from Erie to Toledo while Avisail Garcia was transferred from Class-A Lakeland to Erie.

Moving Forward

The howlers will wrap up a three game series with the Aeros tomorrow night and then host the Harrisburg Senators for three games before a brief break for the Eastern League All-Star Game.

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