Erie MLN: Making Good in August

If only the Erie SeaWolves (55-68) could play the month of June over things just might have been a whole lot different in the Eastern League Western Division. Erie was 5-22 in the month of June, but currently the ‘Wolves are 10-5 in August after a 4-2 record this past week.

"It's been fun playing," said Rawley Bishop. "Everyone has come together as a team and we are playing great team baseball."

"These guys have played together for awhile," said manager Phil Nevin. "They played in Lakeland together and now have been together here for about three or four weeks."

"Also teams just get hot sometimes."

At the beginning of the week Erie completed a three game sweep against the New Britain Rock Cats (36-87). Brooks Brown (11-8, 4.09) picked up his team leading 11th win of the season, allowing just one run in his 6 2/3 innings of work.

The ‘Wolves then welcomed the Bowie Baysox (65-57) to town. Erie has been very successful against the second-place Baysox. Entering the three game series the ‘Wolves had won 13 of the first 20 games against Bowie. Erie extended that to 14 wins after a come-from-behind 10-9 victory in the opener of the series. It also gave Erie a season high eight game-winning streak. The ‘Wolves went on to take two of three, and finished 15-8 against Bowie for the year.

"We had a good road trip last week and now we had a good home stand," said Nevin.

After finishing up a six-game home stand Erie traveled to Harrisburg. It was second meeting between the two teams. The ‘Wolves and Senators met at the end of May with the two teams splitting the four game series at Jerry Uht Park. In the first game at Harrisburg Erie took the opener of the series winning in extra innings for the third time in four games. It was Erie's fifth straight extra inning win after beginning the year 0-7.

"We're swinging the bats well right now and getting timely hits," said Nevin.

Bishop to King, Eastern League Player of the Week

First baseman Rawley Bishop (.267) has been hot, make that sizzling over the last week. The first baseman hit .565 (13-for-20)/3/13 while leading Erie to a 5-1 record during the week. In the six games he played he had multiple hits in five of them.

The capper of the week for Bishop was in Erie's extra inning win against Bowie on Sunday. He drove in all three of the runs for the ‘Wolves in the 3-2 victory.

"I thought they were going to walk me, but luckily I got a pitch I can handle and delivered," Bishop said.

He also delivered in Erie's 10-9 extra inning win on Friday. He was 4-for-5 in that game with 3 RBIs and two runs scored.

"Bishop has been huge for us lately," said Nevin. "Big hit after big hit, that's all I can ask for from our four hitter."

"I'm just trying to grind out every at-bat right now, and luckily things are going my way," said Bishop.

Douglas Delivers

TigsTown's No. 19 prospect Brandon Douglas has made an immediate impact since being called up to Erie. The second baseman is batting .362 in his 15 games at Erie and is currently riding a nine game hitting streak.

As impressive as his offensive has been the defense has been there and also the all out effort.

Douglas was shelved early this season battling through a hamstring injury. Since getting clearance to play he has made his presence known.

This was never more evident than in the Bowie series, as he was the catalyst in the two extra inning victories.

Douglas led off the bottom of the 10th inning against Bowie on Friday with a double down the left field line.

"Douglas hustled into second and gave us a chance," Nevin said.

He came around to score on Billy Nowlin (TigsTown's No. 16 prospect) game winning walk-off walk.

Douglas then made the play of the game in Erie's 3-2 extra inning win on Sunday. Again he led off the inning with a hit, this time a single. He made the play of the game on TigsTown's No. 33 prospect Kody Kaiser's sacrifice bunt.

Kaiser laid down a perfect bunt that moved Douglas over to second, but Douglas saw that no one was covering third base and raced over before Bowie noticed. Bishop followed with the game winning RBI.

"They made a mistake and Brandon made a great base running decision," said Nevin.

Quick Hits

- TigsTown's No. 42 prospect Thad Weber (8-12, 4.11) struck out eleven Baysox hitters in Erie's 3-2 extra inning victory. It was a personal best for the right-hander. His previous high of 10 came last year on August 22, against Akron. In his last two starts Weber is 1-0 allowing just three runs in his last 15 2/3 innings, while striking out 19.

- TigsTown's No. 41 prospect Alden Carrithers (.248) has been hot over his last 10 games. The centerfielder/second baseman is hitting .389 (14-for-36).

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