TigsTown MLN: SeaWolves Wrap Season

The Erie SeaWolves season came to an end in front of 4,876 people on a beautiful sunny day at Jerry Uht Park Monday afternoon. The 'Wolves finished the season with a 4-1 loss to the second place Akron Aeros. The Aeros will be heading into the Eastern League playoffs against the division champion Bowie Baysox.

Despite the loss in the season finale the 'Wolves finished the season as the hottest team in the Eastern League. They were 20-9 in the month of August and 29-16 since the all-star break. They climbed out of the basement of the Southern Division and finished in fourth place behind Bowie, Akron and Harrisburg.

Casper Wells remains the hottest player in the 'Wolves lineup. He was 0-for-4 in the finale ending a 29 game on-base streak and a nine game hitting streak. Wells was called up from West Michigan on June 6 and he struggled his first month with the club. He has been the teams best hitter since the all-star break and finished the season hitting .289 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI.

The only player that finished the season hotter than Wells was Ryan Roberson. Roberson has put up good numbers most of the season but this week he had nine hits, two home runs and eight RBI. Roberson finished the season hitting .289 after a slow start to the season. Roberson has been the 'Wolves power source all season finishing second in the league with 25 home runs and fourth with 86 RBI.

Jeff Frazier has quietly gone about his business all season finishing the season hitting .303 for the SeaWolves and it finally earned him a promotion to Toledo on Saturday. Frazier was 3-for-8 with a run scored and a RBI in his final two games with the 'Wolves.

Pedro Cotto spent some time in Erie last season when the SeaWolves won the Southern Division title but he started this season in Lakeland. He was called up to Erie on July 4 and he has been there ever since. In his time with the team he hit .255 with two home runs and 16 RBI. On Saturday night he hit two triples and had two RBI in a 9-7 victory against the visiting Akron Aeros.

The best pitcher on the staff the past couple of months has been Guillermo Moscoso. Moscoso struck out 10 Aeros hitters on Sunday night, allowing only five hits and three earned runs on route to his third victory of the season. He made six starts since joining the 'Wolves on July 30 and he has struck out 50 while walking only eight in 34 2/3 innings pitched. "I have great command right now and I don't want to change anything right now" Moscoso said.

Guillermo Moscoso wasn't the only SeaWolves pitcher that had a good outing this week. Luke French, Luis Marte and Danny Christensen all had good outings as well. Marte and Christensen both suffered losses despite pitching well. Marte allowed only three runs in seven innings in a 3-1 loss on Friday night. Marte allowed all three runs in the first inning before settling down the final six innings. "Luis got some balls up in the first inning before he settled down" Brookens said, adding "He used his fastball really well and he threw some real nice breaking balls, he really shut them down the rest of the way".

Christensen suffered the same fate as Marte in the 'Wolves 4-1 loss on Monday. Christensen allowed only three earned runs in six innings but the 'Wolves offense was kept in check, managing only one run on four hits. Christensen finished the season with a 7-10 record and a 4.14 ERA. His four strikeouts on Monday increased his season total to 98, the most by any SeaWolves pitcher this season.

The season is over for the Erie SeaWolves but the team finished the season playing good baseball. It did not go unnoticed by the fans who came out to support the team in record numbers. The 'Wolves attendance for the season was 234,995, the most since 2004 and the third highest total in franchise history.

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