Erie continued their road trip to Reading (57-58) and swept the Phillies at FirstEnergy Stadium. In game one Brooks Brown (10-7, 3.85) threw his Eastern League leading fourth complete game, and league leading second shutout of the season.
The SeaWolves (51-66) outscored Reading 20-8 over the three-game series.
The momentum carried for the ‘Wolves as the arrived back in Erie for a six-game home stand. Their first opponent was New Britain and Erie received their second complete game of the winning streak as TigsTown's No. 42 prospect Thad Weber (8-12, 4.17) held the Rock Cats to just one run in Erie's 7-1 victory.
Although the complete game was great for Weber it was not the best thing that happened to him this week. Weber's wife Megan delivered a son and the right-hander arrived back in Erie in time to make his start.
"Coming back after my son was delivered I was a little worried about I would feel in a game situation," Weber said. "My arm felt better than it has all year, really fresh."
This start was much better than Weber's last start also against New Britain. In that game Weber took the loss allowing seven runs in his five innings of work.
"This time out I was aggressive and mixed my pitches well," said Weber. "I was nervous that I was going to jinx our winning streak since they won every game after I left."
"Thad made my job easy tonight," said manager Phil Nevin. "We got the big lead and he took over from there."
Erie continued their hot play to finish out the week with a come-from-behind victory. Erie spotted the Rock Cats a 3-0 lead before battling back to tie the game. After surrendering the lead again newly acquired Brandon Jones gave Erie the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth with a pinch-hit two-run double.
"I came in a good situation," Jones said. "I was trying to stay out of the double-play and I found a hole."
"He (Brandon Jones) delivered tonight," said Nevin. "We've played well recently and it is a tribute to the character of this club."
Pounding Out the Hits
Erie third baseman Bryan Pounds was called up to the Erie SeaWolves from Lakeland early in the season and did not produce the way he wanted to.
"Coming up in the beginning I think I was trying to do more than I was capable of," said Pounds. "Now I'm just shorting up and squaring the ball up and it's starting to work out."
Working out is an understatement as Pounds is on a current 13-game hitting streak. He is batting .417 (20-for-48) with two home runs, and 13 RBIs over that stretch. His average has gone from .175 to .287.
"Pounds has a good approach at the plate," said Nevin. "He's given us consistent at-bats and he's playing really well right now."
Lakeland Call-ups Making Their Mark
With all the injuries that have happen with the Tigers this season guys are getting the opportunity to move up at a faster rate. The recent influx of players to Erie is starting to make their mark after settling in to their new surroundings. Many though are seeing similar faces from earlier in the season.
"A lot of were drafted together," said Pounds. "We have a good chemistry and we are just trying to go out there and play hard."
The promotions of Michael Bertram, Andy Dirks (TigsTown's No. 32 prospect), and Cesar Nicolas had the potential to zap what little offense the SeaWolves had demonstrated this season. Instead the group from Lakeland has responded.
Since August 3, Erie has averaged 6.3 runs-per-game, and have gone 6-2 in that span.
"This is same group that played well together at Lakeland," said Nevin. "It has (hitting) just gotten contagious and carried through everyone."
"They're all just doing real well right now."
- Thad Weber was not the only SeaWolves player to become a father during this past week. TigsTown's No. 14 prospect Cale Iorg and his wife had a baby girl on Wednesday April 11. Also Iorg has seen his average climb to .214 on the year thanks to a recent 10 game stretch where the shortstop is hitting .295 (13-for-44). His nine home runs make him the active leader in home runs for Erie. Iorg has hit three home runs over his last five games played.
- TigsTown's No. 19 prospect Brandon Douglas has been on fire since being promoted to Erie. In his 10 games played he is hitting .391 (18-for-46), and has provided a spark in the lineup batting second.
- Alden Carrithers, TigsTown's No. 41 prospect has shown his versatility since arriving to Erie. Carrithers (.230) came to Erie as a second baseman, but with the call-up Douglas he has found himself playing centerfield. He has shown excellent range and is making himself and extremely valuable player within the Tigers' organization.