Erie MLN: Plenty Left in Tank for Final Push

After playing like a very flat baseball team last week, the SeaWolves have showed that they have a little left in the tank.

The howlers showed resilience by finally snapping an eight game losing streak and pulling out come from behind win over Richmond. Overall, Erie went 3-3 this past week and while that might not sound impressive it is a significant improvement for the club. The team is not where they won't to be but are making strides to get there.

Better With Time

For a few weeks in early and mid-July Erie was giving up big innings to their opponents and not scoring any runs. However as of late the club has begun to score more runs and minimize the amount of runs allowed. The howlers have not fixed these issues completely but have greatly improved and it shows.

The last six games have been decided by three runs or less which shows that Erie's pitching staff is keeping opponents in check and not giving up the huge inning. Erie's pitchers have also not allowed opponents to jump out ahead in the early innings of a game. This has caused the team to be more competitive and "in the game" rather than having to "play catch-up" for most of the game.

Starter Jared Wesson and closer Bruce Rondon have led the way for pitching staff lately. Wesson earned two wins the past week while Rondon picked up his 12th save of the season. Rondon is 12 for 12 in save attempts this season

Along with the better pitching, the team's bats have started to come to life once again. Erie scored more than five runs on three occasions this week and the SeaWolves even took an early led in several games as well. In just one weeks' time it is clear that the ‘Wolves hitting has improved and that the Erie is beginning to show consistency from the plate for the first time in quite a while.

Avisail Garcia, Nick Castellanos and James McCann have been the leaders for the club from the plate and consistently putting the ball in play for the SeaWolves. Each of these three players has had key hits for the club lately which either helped lead the team to victory or put the team in contention to win.

These improvements on both sides of the ball have allowed the SeaWolves to be competitive night in and out once again and has the team pointed in the right direction to close out the 2012 season.

On the Move

After a very brief hiatus from Erie, Corey Jones was called up to the SeaWolves from Class-A Lakeland and has once again made a splash as a part of the team. Since being transferred to Erie a few days ago Jones has had four hits (two of which were homeruns) and three runs batted in. Jones has been a key reason for Erie's recent offensive improvements.

Pitcher Cesar Carrillo and outfielder Michael Rockett were transferred from Erie, both going to Class-A Lakeland.

Pitcher Ramon Garcia was transferred from Toledo to Erie. After a rough couple of outings with Toledo, Garcia looks to refocus in Erie and become a key part of the Erie starting rotation.

Final Stretch

Erie begins the month of August in New Hampshire for two games followed by a three game series at Portland. The howlers return to Jerry Uht Park on August 7th and will face New Hampshire for the second time in a week for a three game series.

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