Erie MLN: 'Wolves Continue Torrid Pace

The Erie SeaWolves continued their torrid play since starting the season off 0-8. The ‘Wolves have won 7 of their last 10 games and are 13-5 since April 17. Erie has moved into fourth-place in the Western Division of the Eastern League finding themselves just 5 ½ games behind current division leader Altoona (18-7).

Erie began the home stand looking for the team's seventh straight win. It did not happen as Erie gave up 10 unanswered runs to the Trenton Thunder (11-15) to lose 11-5. The ‘Wolves were not phased coming back to take the final two games of the Trenton series 10-4 and 4-3. Erie is now 2-5 against the Thunder on the season.

The ‘Wolves series win streak was snapped after losing the first two games of the their four game series against the Binghamton Mets (16-10). Erie can only hope for a split now after winning the third game 4-2. They are now 1-5 against the Mets this season, and their season record stands at 13-13.

Eastern League Player of the Week

TigsTown's No. 5 prospect Wilkin Ramirez won the Eastern League Player of the Week Award for the week ending May 2. Ramirez hit three home runs during the week flexing the raw power that scouts have drooled over. The power display was not all that the talented outfielder did.

Ramirez batted .500 (11-for-22) for the week. He produced five multi-hit games while driving in nine runs and scoring eight times.

Ramirez's best game of the week came in Erie's 10-4 win against the Trenton Thunder. The ‘Wolves' centerfielder went 3-for-4 with two home runs. He connected for a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning. "I was just trying to put a good swing on it," said Ramirez. He followed that with a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth. Ramirez finished the game with 5 RBIs and four runs scored.

After a slow start to the season Ramirez has raised his batting average up to .276. He is third in the Eastern League in home runs with six, and is sixth in RBIs with 20. The outfielder is currently hitting .385 (15-for-39) over his last 10 games.

Revenge is Sweet

The Thunder were one of the teams that helped contribute to the ‘Wolves slow start this season. After only managing to score three runs off Trenton in the first series of the season, Erie blew past that total scoring five runs in the first game of the series. Although it was in a loss it was a sign of things to come.

In the second game Erie exploded for 10 runs and scored four more in the final game. The last two runs of the series came on catcher Max St. Pierre's two-run walk off shot that barely climbed over the wall in left field. This was St Pierre's second game winning home run of the season.

"I was just trying to not strike out," said St. Pierre.

Iorg Heating Up

Everyone knows about TigsTown's No. 11 prospect Cale Iorg's defensive abilities. He has the range to play in the Major Leagues right now, what everyone questions is if he is going to hit.

In the last 10 games Iorg is hitting .324 (11-for-34) to raise his average to .220 for the season. Hitting only slightly over the Mendoza line may not sound all that impressive but it is the adjustments that Iorg has made over the past 10 games at the plate that is.

"We've been working on things in the cage," said Nevin. "We've added a little leg kick and talked about getting the foot down early." "We think this is going to help him out."

The extra work is beginning to payoff. Iorg had his best performance since making his batting against Binghamton on May 3 with Tiger's GM Dave Dombrowski in the stands. On that night the shortstop went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Dombrowski Visits

The Detroit Tigers General Manager, CEO, and President Dave Dombrowski made his yearly trip to Erie this past week to check in on some of the ‘Wolves' prospects and share some of his thoughts with us.

One of the prospects that Dombrowski was here to watch was Ramirez. Ramirez, who spent last season in Triple-A Toledo, was sent back down to start the year in Erie. Some have wondered if this was a step back for the promising prospect.

"We felt it was important for him to play on a day-to-day basis, so that's why he is back in Erie," said Dombrowski.

Another player Dombrowski was keeping an eye on was Iorg. The Tigers have had high hopes for the shortstop.

"He's a great defensive player with a great arm," said Dombrowski. "He has all the tools, he's just struggled to hit more than we thought he would."

Dombrowski though said the Tigers still have high hopes for Iorg and Ramirez.

Quick Hits

- Audy Ciriaco (.262), TigsTown's No. 16 prospect has struggled at the plate after his hot start. The third baseman is hitting just .233 (10-for-43 in his last 10 games. His plate discipline has struggled too. He has struck out 10 times and is failing to recognize off-speed pitches.

- Erie catcher Max St. Pierre (.229) has had a flair for the dramatic this season delivering two walk-off home runs. The catcher though suffered a bruised thumb against Binghamton on May 3. He is day-to-day and is available off the bench to pinch-hit.

- L.J. Gagnier (3-0, 2.10) has been Erie's most impressive, and consistent starter of the season. The right-hander has left every game with the lead this season for the ‘Wolves. In his most recent outing Gagnier got the win against the Thunder 10-4. He worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs.

- Michael Bertram (.174) currently has a six game hitting streak.

- Erie finishes their home stand against the Mets today at 11:05 a.m. The ‘Wolves will traveling to Altoona to play the first-place Curve for three games before returning home to play the Akron Aeros for the first time this season.

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