TigsTown MLN: SeaWolves Stay Hot

The Erie SeaWolves are well out of contention for the Eastern League Playoffs but that hasn't stopped them from winning some ball games. The 'Wolves won two consecutive home series this week taking three out of five from Binghamton and two out of three from Bowie Baysox. Bowie is in second place in the Southern division trailing first place Akron by 4 ½ games.

"We're competing very well right now, during the beginning of the season it just didn't seem like we could compete with some of the other clubs" Tom Brookens said.

The 'Wolves won in their final at-bat in three consecutive games this week. Jeff Frazier drew a bases loaded walk to beat Binghamton 1-0 in game two of a doubleheader on Thursday, Friday they won 7-6 on a 10th inning solo home run by Deik Scram and Saturday Wilkin Ramirez hit a two run single in the bottom of the ninth to propel the 'Wolves to a 6-5 victory. The 'Wolves have won in the final at-bat eight times this season and all eight have come against Bowie and Binghamton. "It seems to be the way it goes with us and them (Bowie Baysox) we play a lot of real close tight ball games" Tom Brookens said. They have beat Binghamton twice in the final at-bat and Bowie six times.

Deik Scram was the hero in the game on Friday, hitting a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning to give Erie a 7-6 victory. It was the first time in his career that Scram had hit a walk-off home run. Scram has had a disappointing season batting only .247 but he has been hot lately. He had an eight game hit streak broken in a 10-1 loss on Sunday. The home run on Friday night was the eighth of the season for Scram. Despite his low batting average Scram is fourth on the team with 46 RBI and he's hitting .275 with runners on base.

Casper Wells struggled when he was originally promoted to Erie on June 6 but he has been very good lately. Wells hit a home run this week, running his season total to five and he has 20 RBI in 42 games with the SeaWolves. Santo DeLeon has fit in the Erie lineup nicely, he is batting .292 and he has a home run and six RBI in 11 games since being promoted on July 18 from Lakeland. DeLeon has also helped the SeaWolves inconsistent defense, he has committed only one error in 11 games and it was made after a diving stop down the third baseline. "He has one of the best arms in the minor league organization" Brookens said, "if the ball is in his glove you're probably out" he added.

Pedro Cotto and Danny Worth have had the two hottest bats for Erie. Worth was just activated off the disabled list on Monday and he was 7-for-17 in five games played since returning. Cotto was called up from Lakeland on July 4 and he is hitting .315 with a home run and seven RBI. He is 9-for-26 in his last eight games played with a home run and five RBI.

The 'Wolves pitching staff received a boost when Luis Marte returned off the disabled list to pitch on Monday. Marte has struggled a bit in his two starts pitching 9 1/3 innings and allowing 11 hits and 11 earned runs with one loss. He has also walked six batters while striking out only three. "He wasn't sharp" Brookens said, adding "that wasn't a real true reading of what we're going to see out of Luis (Marte)".

Lucas French has been pitching well but hasn't been very luck lately. French threw seven solid innings on Friday night allowing six hits and one earned run before leaving with a 5-1 lead. Bowie tied the game in the eighth off of reliever Matt Rusch giving French his second consecutive no decision. "Frenchy pitched a great game today (Friday) and he deserved to get the win but unfortunately that didn't happen" Brookens said. French threw six scoreless innings last Sunday at Akron but did not get the win after Rusch allowed a solo home run in the seventh to Aeros first baseman Stephen Head. "That's something you can't control, your job is to go out there and pitch as far as you can and than after that it's not something you can worry about anymore" Luke French said. It has been over a month since French has earned a victory, the last time he was the winning pitcher was June 27 against the Harrisburg Senators.

The bullpen continues to be a problem for the SeaWolves but Brendan Wise and Casey Fien have been two of the more reliable pitchers in the bullpen. Wise has allowed only two hits and no runs in his last two appearances, pitching 3 1/3 innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Casey Fien has been outstanding for Erie most of the season but especially since he earned the closer role back in June. Fien was 2-0 this week in two appearances, walking one and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings. He did not allow a run or a hit in his two appearances.

The SeaWolves will head to Akron for the final time this season for a four game series beginning Monday night. The 'Wolves too three out of four from Akron in the first four games back from the all-star break with the only loss coming in a game pitched by Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona who was making a rehab start with the Aeros. Erie will On Friday the 'Wolves come home to take on the Reading Phillies to start the month of August. The 'Wolves will play 19 out of 29 games at Jerry Uht Park in August to complete the season.

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