TigsTown MLN: SeaWolves Streak Ends

The Erie SeaWolves struggled through large stretches this season but since the all-star break they are the hottest team in the Eastern League. The 'Wolves had a seven game winning streak snapped by New Britain on Wednesday in a 8-3 loss at Jerry Uht Park. The seven game win streak was the best of the season for the SeaWolves.

On the home stand the SeaWolves dropped two out of three from the New Britain Rock Cats and they won two out of three against the Connecticut Defenders. It was the first time the 'Wolves played against New Britain and Connecticut this season.

Erie won the first two games of the series against Connecticut before losing 6-3 on Sunday to complete the three game set. Wilkin Ramirez was hitless, ending an eight-game hitting streak and Casper Wells did not get a hit ending a seven-game hit streak. Both players have been a on a role as of late, Ramirez has increased his average to .313 on the season and Casper Wells hit three more home runs this week, increasing his season total to 14. After hitting .240 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 50 games at low-A West Michigan, Wells is hitting .294 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 62 games at Double-A Erie.

Ramirez is leading the team in batting average and his 19 home runs and 70 RBI are second only to Ryan Roberson (22 home runs and 73 RBI).

Will Rhymes has quietly put together an impressive season for the SeaWolves. He has been outstanding at the top of the lineup and on Friday night he led the SeaWolves with a walk-off base hit off the right field wall. "As I was running I seen it was still in the air and thought maybe it has a chance but I really didn't think it was out but I knew it was good enough to get the run in" Will Rhymes said. Rhymes is leading the team in hits this season with 145. Rhymes has increased his average to .303 and he is fourth on the team in RBI despite hitting lead-off most of the season.

Luke French continues to be the SeaWolves best pitcher since the middle of July. On Saturday French pitched a complete game allowing only seven hits and two earned runs. French did not walk a batter but he struck out six Defenders hitters. French improved his record to 7-11 and his ERA is now at 3.96. The complete game on Saturday was his third of the season, the most by any SeaWolves pitcher this season. He has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts and he leads the Eastern League with 159 innings pitched.

Danny Christensen was the SeaWolves best pitcher back in June when he was the Eastern League pitcher of the month but he struggled through the month of July. He was 0-3 with a 6.37 ERA in the month of July but he has been much better recently. Christensen had one of his best starts of the season on Friday pitching eight innings and allowing nine hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out four. Christensen received a no decision after the Defenders tied the game at four in the top of the ninth. "Danny pitched a really nice ball game, he had a good blend of all pitches" manager Tom Brookens said. Despite pitching well most of the season Christensen is 6-8 but he has only a 4.09 ERA and he leads the staff with 83 strikeouts.

It was a busy week at Jerry Uht Park, in addition to a six-game home stand the 'Wolves hosted the Tom Brookens baseball camp from Tuesday-Thursday. The camp consisted of 112 kids from ages 6-14 that were learning the skills of the game from SeaWolves manager Tom Brookens as well as the coaching staff and some of the players. "That was a lot of fun, I enjoyed the three days" Brookens said. "The kids are always a lot of fun" he added. On Friday night all SeaWolves players and coaches wore blue wrist bands as part of Ed Randall's Bat For The Cure Charity. Ed Randall's Bat For The Cure charity is aimed at educating men on the risk of prostate cancer and the importance of early detection.

It took until the final weeks of the season for the SeaWolves to meet the New Britain Rock Cats and Connecticut Defenders but they will become more familiar this week. After a day off on Monday the 'Wolves will start their final road trip of the 2008 season with a three game set in New Britain. The 'Wolves will complete the road trip with a three game series at Connecticut that will conclude on Sunday.

The 'Wolves will send RHP Josh Rainwater (9-6, 3.93 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday, RHP Guillermo Moscoso (2-1, 3.38 ERA) on Wednesday and Thursday LHP Danny Christensen (6-8, 4.09 ERA) will be on the bump.

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