The team finds itself in the midst of a seven game losing streak and struggling to put a large number of runs on the board. However, despite the lack of run production Erie has continued to be competitive team but just can't find a way to tallies in the win column.
Not Running the Show
The themes of "a lack in consistent run production" and" giving up the big inning" have unfortunately resurfaced again for the club. In seven of eight games played this week, Erie scored three or less runs. In the same span, he has managed to put just sixteen total runs on the board. It is very hard for Erie to win and catch up to the rest of the division when so few runs are being posted on the scoreboard.
As a team, Erie is in the middle of the pack in total runs scored but has the second lowest number of hits and at-bats in the league. The low number of hits and at-bats correlate to low run production and suggest that a team is struggling, which Erie currently is.
Coupled with the lack in run production the SeaWolves have been giving up "big innings" to their opponents lately. Erie's pitching staff has the highest ERA in the league along with allowing the most runs in the league.
These two staggering factors combined together make it really difficult for a club to win ball games and that is exactly where the SeaWolves find themselves. Hopefully as the calendar turns to August Erie can correct these two areas and once again make a strong final push for that coveted second place playoff spot in the division before the club falls to far behind.
On Monday of this week, one current and two former SeaWolves were part of a Tigers trade with the Marlins. The Tigers traded catcher Rob Brantly, pitcher Jacob Turner and current pitcher Bryan Flynn to Miami Marlins and their farm teams. In return the Tigers acquired right hand pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante. The Tigers hope these trade acquisitions will help Detroit wrap up the AL Central and be a contender in the MLB playoffs.
Flynn, who had been with Erie for only a short while, had one start with the club in which he allowed five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Also, this week Jamie Johnson and Bryan Pounds returned to the howlers after short stints spent in Toledo playing for the Mud Hens. Both Johnson and Pounds look to spark the Erie offense as they return to playing at Jerry Uht Park.
Dog Days of August
As the July comes to a close, Erie will host the Richmond Flying Squirrels for four games at Jerry Uht Park before traveling to New Hampshire for a three game series versus the Fisher Cats.