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# SeaWolves right-hander Preston Larrison is one of eight Eastern League pitchers who have thrown complete games this season. Larrison (4-2, 3.12) pitched a seven-inning complete game Saturday in a 2-1 home win against Reading in the opening game of a doubleheader.

# Right-hander Chris Homer(1-2) threw three innings of one-run ball to earn the win Sunday in Erie's 3-1 win. Homer, who has closed most of the season, made his first appearance since May 13. ... SeaWolves right fielder Brent Clevlen struck out swinging four times and went 0-for-5 Sunday. Clevlen has struck out 50 times in 160 at-bats this season. ... With their four-game sweep of Reading, Erie improved to 6-1 against the Phillies this season. The sweep improved Erie's home record to 9-12 this season. ... Reading has lost 12 of its past 14 games. ... Sixteen of Reading's 26 losses have been by one run or shutout. The Phillies lost six of seven games on their road trip, which ended Sunday.

# Erie second baseman Juan Francia pinch-ran for catcher Mike Rabelo in the 11th inning on Sunday. It was Francia's first action since suffering a bruised knee against Reading May 14, when he was kicked in the knee by a Reading runner who slid hard into second base trying to break up a double play.

# Erie right-hander Nate Bumstead(1-5, 3.33), today's scheduled starter at Harrisburg, is second in the league in losses and tied for second in walks (25). Bumstead has lost his past five decisions. His lone win came on April 11 in a 6-2 win at Altoona.

# Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Rick Manning attended Sunday's Mercyhurst College graduation ceremonies at Tullio Arena. Manning's son, Kyle, who played football for the Lakers, received his degree.

-- Ron Leonardi


SeaWolves Series Preview

Erie SeaWolves (20-22)

at Harrisburg Senators (23-19)

Today-Wednesday, 6:05 p.m.

Thursday, 12:05 p.m.

Pitching matchups:

Today: RH Nate Bumstead (1-5, 3.33) vs. Harrisburg RH Kip Bouknight(2-2, 2.63)

Tuesday: Erie RH Humberto Sanchez (4-2, 2.20) vs. Harrisburg LH Oscar Alvarez (2-2, 3.13)

Wednesday: Erie RH Virgil Vasquez (2-4, 3.74) vs. Harrisburg LH David Maust (2-4, 3.63)

Thursday: Erie RH Preston Larrison (4-2, 3.12) vs. Harrisburg RH Justin Echols (3-1, 3.47)

Erie notes: Erie has won two of three series from the Senators and holds a 6-4 series lead this season. ... The SeaWolves have won their past three series, winning two of three games at Reading last week, sweeping a doubleheader from Akron on Wednesday in a rain-shortened series and sweeping a four-game home series from Reading over the weekend. ... Erie (11-10) is one of just two teams in the league with a winning record on the road. Connecticut has a 10-8 road record. ... Erie pitching has allowed just 13 runs in the past nine games, including three shutouts. SeaWolves pitching is tied with Akron and Binghamton for second in the league with five shutouts. Akron has a league-high six shutouts. ... Erie is 17-19 against Southern Division opponents. ... Right-hander Humberto Sanchez's 2.20 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

Harrisburg notes: Senators outfielder Alex Escobar was promoted to the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Escobar last played in the majors in 2004 with the Cleveland Indians. In 28 games with Harrisburg, Escobar was hitting .298 with four homers, 19 RBIs, 19 walks and a team-high .445 on-base percentage. Escobar is sixth in the Eastern League in hitting. Escobar's spot on Harrisburg's roster was filled by Washington Nationals outfielder Ryan Church, who was hitting .215 with with the parent club. Church played four games with Harrisburg in 2005 on a major league rehabilitation assignment. ... Right-hander Shawn Hill, the Senators' opening-day starter, was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday. Hill was 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA in eight starts. ... The Senators on Sunday had three hitters among the league's top 10, including center fielder Frank Diaz (eighth, .293) and third baseman Kory Kasto (10th, .291)... Harrisburg swept a doubleheader from Akron on Saturday, then had a four-game win streak end on Sunday with a 14-0 loss to the Aeros. ... Harrisburg has a league-best 18-6 home record. The Senators also possess the worst road record in the league at 5-13.

-- Ron Leonardi

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This has to be one of the most depressing threads. It's time for Inky to be fired.

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Someone's gotta do it.

I wasn't going to say it, but it seems he is teaching them how he hit in the majors - striking out a lot.

Their strikeout per ab went down this past week 40/169 (.237) vs. the previous week 80/222 (.360). Improvement, but still not too exciting.

As I asked before - is it the hitters not learning the teaching or the teacher not do his job?

And a corollary question is this:

What type of hitting coach do you want at AA?

Larry Herndon seems to be the perfect coach at High A. But would his teaching method and skills translate or work well at AA?

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I don't know what type of hitting coach would do the trick... Probably one that would help with recognizing breaking balls and working mostly on refining plate discipline and swing mechanics. Either way, the results are awful across the board in a place where guys usually have their offensive stats padded. Inky should be fired before more damage is done. The problem is that it appears as if a lot already has been done.

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Monday's article:

SeaWolves' streak reaches 7 games

From staff reports

HARRISBURG -- The Erie SeaWolves' recent success carried over to Nate Bumstead on Monday.

Bumstead pitched Erie's first nine-inning complete game of the season in a 6-2 victory over Harrisburg. The SeaWolves won their seventh straight before 2,175 at Commerce Bank Park.

Erie moved to within a game of .500 at 21-22. The SeaWolves have won nine of their past 10 games.

Erie's lone loss in the span was at Reading on May 14. Bumstead (2-5) was the losing pitcher in that game but went the distance for his first decision since then.

Bumstead shut out the Senators over the final six innings. The right-hander gave up three hits, walked three and struck out six, including two in the ninth inning.

Preston Larrison pitched Erie's other complete game on Saturday, but it only was seven innings. Larrison beat Reading 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Jerry Uht Park.

Erie hit two home runs in Monday's win. Kurt Airoso hit a two-run homer off Harrisburg starter Kip Bouknight (2-3) in the top of the third inning. It was Airoso's 99th career homer for the SeaWolves.

Jackson Melian led off the top of the eighth inning with a solo homer against Senators reliever Dan Kolb.

Tony Giarratano added two hits, scored two runs and stole one of Erie's three bases. Mike Rabelo also had two hits and scored once.

Harrisburg took an early lead when Melvin Dorta led off the bottom of the first with a double. Dorta later scored on Kory Casto's sacrifice fly.

The Senators tied the score at 2-2 when Jesus Feliciano led off the bottom of the third with his first homer of the season.

Harrisburg dropped to 18-7 at home. The Senators began the night with the Eastern League's best home mark.

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'Wolves win 8th straight

I guess they are finally catching onto Inky's teaching...

From staff reports

HARRISBURG -- Jackson Melian is the latest player to star for the red-hot Erie SeaWolves.

Melian had four hits, including a double, three RBIs and two runs scored Tuesday night as the SeaWolves beat Harrisburg 14-0 in front of 3,098 at Commerce Bank Park.

Erie, which has won 10 of its past 11 games, extended its winning streak to eight games and improved to .500 (22-22) for the first time this season.

The SeaWolves wasted no time in taking control of the game, as Kody Kirkland hit a grand slam to left field in the top of the first inning in what was the first of several big innings for the 'Wolves.

Erie added three more runs in the sixth inning, with a wild pitch allowing Chris Maples to score and Melian's double scoring Kurt Airoso and Mike Rabelo.

Harrisburg (23-21) only threatened to score once, as Melvin Dorta was the only Harrisburg player to reach scoring position in the fourth inning. Dorta went 2-for-4 in the game.

Rabelo went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored for the SeaWolves.

Erie's Humberto Sanchez (5-2) struck out nine and scattered four hits over 8 2/3 innings.

The win enabled Erie to move up to fourth in the Southern division and they will move into a tie for third place in the division with a win tonight against the Senators.

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Ennis puts best spin on closing with 'Wolves

By Ron Leonardi


Reliever upbeat despite demotion

John Ennis is the Erie SeaWolves' closer indefinitely, but his stay with the club might be contingent on Toledo closer Lee Gardner's back problems.

Ennis, 26, who made 12 relief appearances with the Detroit Tigers in 2004, was assigned to the SeaWolves on May 14 from Triple-A Toledo, the same day Toledo left-hander and former Erie SeaWolves pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma came off the Mud Hens' disabled list.

"It hurts a little bit to get sent down, but I can also understand why from the organization's point of view," Ennis said. "I didn't get sent here because I wasn't pitching well. They made a commitment to guys in the offseason to give them a look and they're going to give them a fair shot. I kind of came along a little late. They've seen what I've got up there, so I'm not really worried about it. I'm going to just try and keep things going while I'm here."

Ennis, a 6-foot 5-inch, 240-pound right-hander in his ninth professional season, had two saves and a win with Erie in his first three relief appearances. He pitched one scoreless inning and got a save May 17 in a 2-1 win at Akron in the second game of a doubleheader.

On Thursday against Reading, he was summoned to start the ninth inning with Erie leading 2-1, but gave up three hits, two walks and two runs.

He got the victory when Erie infielder Chris Maples hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win.

In the second game of Saturday's home doubleheader against Reading, Ennis pitched a scoreless seventh inning to record his second save.

"(The Tigers) wanted Ennis to get some innings in," SeaWolves manager Duffy Dyer said. "Toledo's closer is having some on-and-off back problems, so one reason Ennis is here is to close and get him ready in case something happens with their closer."

Gardner, 31, began the season on the disabled list with a back ailment. He leads Toledo with seven saves in 13 appearances.

Toledo officials acknowledge that Gardner (1-2, 5.93) is experiencing back problems, but the injury is not serious enough to warrant placing him on the disabled list.

Gardner's velocity has been down, and he has been getting additional rest when he needs it. Toledo officials are waiting to see if Gardner can pitch through the problem.

With Toledo this season, Ennis pitched effectively in middle relief and set-up roles. In 11 appearances, he was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA, allowing three runs and 12 hits in 18 innings.

"I closed in 2004 in Toledo and got a big league save," Ennis said. "Closing is not a new gig for me, but that has always been my favorite inning to throw out of the bullpen."

Ennis was 3-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 50 appearances with Toledo last season. He became a free agent in mid-October and signed with the Chicago Cubs.

That move backfired. Ennis never got a serious look by the Cubs in spring training, throwing just four innings, two of which came in simulated games.

The Cubs released him during the final week of spring training. Ennis re-signed as a minor league free agent with the Tigers on April 6.

"The Cubs have a lot of pitching, and I really didn't know anybody in the organization," Ennis said. "Nobody really knew me, and it ended up not working out. Fortunately, the Tigers had a job for me right away. I'm still pitching and I still get to put on a uniform."

RON LEONARDI can be reached at 870-1680 or by e-mail.


Anatomy of a winning streak

A look at the SeaWolves' eight-game win streak:

Date Opp. Result

May 17 Akron 5-0

# Humberto Sanchez gave up just two hits over six innings.

May 17 Akron 2-1

# Kody Kirkland had an RBI single in the ninth inning.

Thursday Reading 4-3

# Chris Maples hit a winning two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Saturday Reading 2-1

# Preston Larrison threw a five-hitter.

Saturday Reading 3-0

# Maples had a single and stole two bases.

Sunday Reading 3-1

# Maples hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th.

Monday Harrisburg 6-2

# Nate Bumstead pitched a three-hitter.

Tuesday Harrisburg 14-0

# Jackson Melian went 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs and two runs scored

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SeaWolves Win Nine Straight

Erie made it nine-straight victories against the Harrisburg Senators on Wednesday night by a final score of 5-4. The win clinched the season series against Harrisburg and put the ‘Wolves one-game over .500 at 23-22. It is the first time this season Erie is over the .500 mark.

The Senators struck first in the bottom of the first inning off of Virgil Vasquez. Dan Dement singled with one out and Kory Casto drew a walk putting runners on first and second. Frank Diaz followed by hitting a sharp liner passed a diving Kody Kirkland at third base bringing home Dement to score. Following the base knock, Vasquez struck out the final two batters to end the first.

Harrisburg added another run with two outs in the bottom of the second. Josh Whitesell led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed over to second on an Ian Desmond bunt. Rich Lane followed with a ground out to second that got Whitesell over to third and Melvin Dorta brought the runner home with a single to left.

The ‘Wolves got on the board in the top of the third. Kelly Hunt led off the inning and sent a towering home run over the left field wall cutting the Harrisburg lead in half at 2-1. The home run for Hunt was his fifth of the season; four of his five have come at Commerce Bank Park.

Harrisburg went back up by two runs in the bottom of the third when Dement connected on his fourth home run of the season.

The SeaWolves took their first lead in the game in the top of the sixth inning. Chris Maples led off the inning with his fourth home run of the season, cutting the Harrisburg lead down to one at 3-2. Airoso then came up with one out and singled up the middle and Kirkland followed with his league leading 12th home run over the wall in left-center to put Eire up 4-3. Brent Clevlen then singled and after a Danilo Sanchez fly out, Hunt came to the plate and lined a double over the centerfielder Ryan Church for his third hit of the ballgame. The double scored Clevlen from first to put the ‘Wolves up 5-3.

The Senators cut the lead back to one run in the bottom of the sixth. Vasquez retired the first two batters, but Lane connected with a two-out single to put a runner on for the top of the lineup. Dorta and Dement followed with back-to-back hits scoring Lane to cut the lead to 5-4. The ‘Wolves then brought in Ian Ostlund who retired Kory Casto for the final out of the inning, preserving a one-run lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Senators threatened to tie the game. Whitesell singled to lead off the inning and got to second on a Desmond sacrifice bunt. The Sens brought in a pinch runner, Jesus Feliciano, for Whitesell at second. Lane came to the plate and singled to right field. On the play, Feliciano tried to score from second but was thrown out by Clevlen at the plate for a game-saving out, keeping the score at 5-4.

John Ennis came into the game in the bottom of the ninth for his third save attempt. He struck out Dement to start the inning but followed that up with a walk to Casto. Ennis battled back and struck out Diaz and got Ryan Church to pop out to Maples at second for the victory.


- The SeaWolves look for 10-straight in day game action on Thursday.

- Kelly Hunt went 3-4 in the game falling a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

- Four of Hunt’s five home runs this season have come at Commerce Bank Park.

- Kody Kirkland hit is league leading 12th home run.

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'Wolves' streak ends at 9 games

From staff reports

HARRISBURG -- The Harrisburg Senators scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past the SeaWolves 7-5 on Thursday and end Erie's season-high nine-game winning streak.

Harrisburg center fielder Ryan Church hit a pair of solo homers and designated hitter Josh Whitesell homered and drove in two runs.

The Senators salvaged one win in the four-game series before 5,146 fans at Commerce Bank Park.

The SeaWolves (23-23) suffered their first loss since a 2-0 setback at Reading on May 14. Still, Erie has won 11 of its past 13 games and has won four straight series.

Harrisburg erased a 4-3 Erie lead in the sixth on Josh Whitesell's sacrifice fly and Richard Lane's two-run single.

Senators closer Roy Corcoran allowed one run over 21/3 innings of relief to earn his league-high 13th save.

Erie right-hander Preston Larrison (4-3) allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out none.

Church, demoted to the Senators last week from the Washington Nationals, hit solo homers off Larrison in the second and fourth innings.

Harrisburg led 2-1, but Erie took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning on shortstop Tony Giarratano's two-run single and left fielder Jackson Melian's RBI infield single.

Whitesell's sacrifice fly in the fifth cut Erie's lead to 4-3.

By winning three of four games in the series, the SeaWolves improved to 9-5 against the Senators in their season series.

Erie catcher Mike Rabelo raised his average to .304 with a 2-for-4 performance that included a triple and two runs scored. Melian and right fielder Chris Maples had two-hit games.

The SeaWolves begin a four-game series against the Altoona Curve tonight at 6:35 at Jerry Uht Park.


Nice to see "Rabs" hitting so well. Not sure how his receiving is doing.

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Erie SeaWolves vs. Altoona Curve



(30-17, 1st PLACE, 0.0 GB)



(23-23, 4th PLACE, 6.5 GB)


The SeaWolves nine-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday afternoon in Harrisburg by a final score of 7-5. The streak was the longest for Erie since the 2004 season when the team won 10-straight on May 5 through May 15. Despite falling in the series finale in Harrisburg, the SeaWolves clinched the season series against the Senators by taking nine of the 17 meetings in 2006 (Erie will host Harrisburg for three more games June 16-18 at Jerry Uht Park). Overall, the SeaWolves have won 11 of their last 13.

Altoona comes to town on a four-game winning streak and is in first place in the Southern Division. Their 30-17 record is tops in the Eastern League. The Curve has won both series against the SeaWolves this season, including taking three of four in the first meeting at Jerry Uht Park. Through seven games, the Curve has outscored the SeaWolves 40-21. The SeaWolves are batting just .208 against Altoona while the Curve is batting .306 in those seven games.

Thursday’s loss for Erie was only the sixth of the season when the SeaWolves scored first in a game. The seven runs given up in that game is the most Erie has surrendered since falling 7-3 at Harrisburg on May 7.

The SeaWolves are currently on a four-game winning streak at home. Erie is one of only three teams with a winning record on the road and one of four teams with a sub-.500 record at home.

SEASON SERIES – Altoona Leads 5-2


4/10 ALT A L 9-1 Roach (1-0) Johnson (0-1) Knight - 1

4/11 ALT A W 6-2 Bumstead (1-0) Connolly (0-1) Rogers - 1 4/12 ALT A L 4-2 Jacobson (1-0) Sanchez (0-1) Sharpless - 1

5/1 ALT H L 5-1 Shortslef (4-0) Larrison (1-2) -

5/2 ALT H L 6-1 Roach (2-2) Johnson (0-3) -

5/3 ALT H L 11-5 Albaladejo (1-1) Homer (0-2) -

5/4 ALT H W 5-3 Sanchez (3-1) Jacobson (4-2) De La Cruz - 1



LHP Bobby Jones (1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Peterson (3-2, 4.47 ERA)


RHP Nate Bumstead (2-5, 3.11 ERA) vs. LHP Josh Shortslef (5-0, 3.48 ERA)


RHP Humberto Sanchez (5-2, 1.87 ERA) vs. LHP Mike Connolly (4-3, 4.47 ERA)


RHP Virgil Vasquez (3-4, 4.11 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Rojas (0-0, 2.45 ERA)


HOME RUNS WITH ERIE – 99 (One shy of 100)


CAREER HOME RUNS – 148 (Two shy of 150)


The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that first baseman Sean Casey will join the Altoona Curve on a rehab assignment for three games this weekend at Jerry Uht Park.

Casey is expected to play first base on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, and then be in the designated hitter role on Sunday, May 28.

He went on the 15-day disabled list on April 15, 2006 with transverse fractures in left

lower back.

Altoona was chosen for the rehab assignment because the Pirates Triple-A Affiliate, Indianapolis, is playing on artificial turf this weekend.

Casey has only appeared in nine games for the Bucco’s in 2006. In those games he went 10 for 32 (.313) at the plate with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI. He was acquired by the Pirates on December 8, 2005 from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Dave Williams.

Casey is the second Major Leaguer to rehab in Erie this season. The Detroit Tigers Dmitri Young played in two games with the SeaWolves May 3-4.

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Wow. Erie's hitters really are having embarassingly bad seasons.

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I don't check the minor league stats every day, but when I saw those hitting stats, it just floored me. I knew they were doing poorly, but WOW.

Maybe they'll improve in the second half? How could they get any worse?

I still have faith in Clevlen, he's still pretty young. Giarratano? I dunno. He seems well on his way to utility glove-man status (not that that's a horrible thing to be).

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When was Giarratano on his way to anything more than that?

I agree on Clevlen. I'm not expecting dramatic improvements from too many guys...but I think you'll see some progression to more reasonable numbers.

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Rabelo certainly is turning it around....

Buddha I have some faith in Clevlen. He is still young... but its rough to see him struggle this much again like he did in Lakeland. He needs to show adjustment to what AA pitchers are doing soon.

There isn't too much good going on offensively in AA.

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When was Giarratano on his way to anything more than that?

I agree on Clevlen. I'm not expecting dramatic improvements from too many guys...but I think you'll see some progression to more reasonable numbers.

Giarratano was certainly getting a lot of press after last year. Too much hype, I suppose. They should have dealt him while they had the chance.

Clevlen seems like the type that takes awhile to adjust, but once he does, he does ok. Hopefully he'll do the same thing in the second half.

How's Scott Moore doing?

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Giarratano was certainly getting a lot of press after last year. Too much hype, I suppose. They should have dealt him while they had the chance.

Clevlen seems like the type that takes awhile to adjust, but once he does, he does ok. Hopefully he'll do the same thing in the second half.

How's Scott Moore doing?

There's a difference between hyping Giarratano, and actually expecting him to be much more than a defensive whiz/utility guy....

Moore's doing quite well actually....

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Moore is with AA Diamond Jaxx this season...

.275avg, .350obp, .517slg, 178 ab, 16 doubles, 9 homers, 22 runs, 32 rbi, 7 sb, but he also has 58K.

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'Wolves Shut Out 2-0

On Tuesday night, the Bowie Baysox had three pitchers combine on a one-hit shutout of the Erie SeaWolves.

The Baysox struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sandy Madera singled with one out but was thrown out trying to steal second by Mike Rabelo. Rayner Bautista followed with a double and then back-to-back singles that brought in Bautista putting the Baysox up 1-0.

In the top of the fifth with one out, Cory Keylor hit a solo home run to put Bowie on top 2-0.

The SeaWolves lone hit of the game came when Scott Tousa led off the inning with an opposite-field single.

Erie had a total of five base runners in the game. Kody Kirkland reached on a hit-by-pitch with two outs in the third and was caught stealing. Tony Giarratano drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth, stole his 13th base of the season and was stranded at third base. Giarratano was the only SeaWolf to get passed first base in the game. The final two reaching base were Chris Maples on a walk in the fifth and Tousa with a walk in the eighth.

Bowie’s starter, Tim Kester (1-0) went five strong innings allowing one hit. Relievers Carlos Jan and Nick McCurdy went the final four without allowing a hit.

Erie’s starter Preston Larrison pitched well but picked up the loss. Larrison went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs off of eight hits. He struck out four and walked four as his record evened at 4-4 on the season.

The SeaWolves have been held scoreless in the last 17 innings and have just three runs in the last 31 innings.

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A couple of days late, but here are the past week's stats.

BTW, if anyone else out there (Lee, Estrepe, Ed, Mark?) is keeping weekly breakdowns of the teams, can you send those on to me?

This is thru 5/28:

Player 	      POS 	G 	AB 	R 	H 	2B 	3B 	HR 	RBI 	TB 	BB 	SO 	SB 	CS 	OBP 	SLG 	AVG 	OPS 	E 
Mike Rabelo C 31 111 16 35 5 1 5 19 57 6 20 1 0 0.367 0.514 0.315 0.88 1
Chris Maples 3B 31 86 17 24 8 1 6 17 52 7 25 2 1 0.347 0.605 0.279 0.952 2
Jackson Melian OF 17 66 7 18 3 1 2 10 29 2 15 1 1 0.304 0.439 0.273 0.744 1
Kurt Airoso OF 49 176 30 44 9 0 9 30 80 32 51 1 0 0.368 0.455 0.25 0.823 0
Tony Giarratano SS 49 206 21 47 11 5 0 13 68 12 39 12 2 0.273 0.33 0.228 0.603 5
Kody Kirkland 3B 49 184 31 42 13 2 12 32 95 8 69 5 5 0.297 0.516 0.228 0.813 11
Brent Clevlen OF 48 180 24 39 10 0 3 18 58 24 59 4 0 0.317 0.322 0.217 0.64 2
Vincent Blue OF 46 142 11 29 6 0 0 7 35 20 34 3 8 0.301 0.246 0.204 0.547 1
Garth McKinney OF 27 90 9 18 2 0 3 5 29 7 45 2 0 0.258 0.322 0.2 0.58 2
Kelly Hunt 1B 37 136 8 26 3 0 5 16 44 4 38 0 0 0.215 0.324 0.191 0.539 5
Scott Tousa 2B 28 88 3 14 2 0 0 5 16 7 21 1 0 0.232 0.182 0.159 0.414 1
Dmitri Young DH 2 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0.25 0.286 0.143 0.536 2
Juan Francia 2B 30 102 11 13 2 0 0 4 15 6 20 6 1 0.191 0.147 0.127 0.338 2
Danilo Sanchez C 22 65 4 7 1 0 0 2 8 5 11 0 0 0.192 0.123 0.108 0.315 4

Individual Stats (Pitching) (click column headers to sort)
Humb Sanchez 5 3 1.84 10 10 0 0 0 63.2 42 16 13 2 3 24 77 1.04 0 0
Nathan Bumstead 3 5 3.39 10 10 1 0 0 61 50 28 23 6 3 33 51 1.36 0 0
P Larrison 4 3 3.79 9 9 1 0 0 54.2 52 23 23 8 3 13 28 1.19 0 0
Virgil Vasquez 3 4 4.11 9 9 0 0 0 50.1 59 28 23 6 6 20 36 1.57 0 0
Jeremy Johnson 1 4 6.68 7 6 0 0 0 32.1 48 26 24 5 2 9 19 1.76 0 0
Bobby M. Jones 1 0 1.95 15 3 0 0 0 32.1 26 10 7 2 4 12 31 1.18 4 1
Brian Rogers 2 0 1.45 18 0 0 0 1 31 20 5 5 1 1 3 35 0.74 5 4
E De La Cruz 0 3 3.86 19 2 0 0 2 30.1 34 14 13 1 2 14 19 1.58 2 7
Pete Sikaras 1 0 4.01 18 0 0 0 0 24.2 24 11 11 3 2 12 14 1.46 0 5
Ian Ostlund 2 1 4.03 20 0 0 0 0 22.1 22 11 10 3 1 10 26 1.43 9 4
Chris Homer 1 2 5.85 19 0 0 0 8 20 24 14 13 1 0 4 17 1.4 0 16
Danny Zell 0 0 3.55 13 0 0 0 0 12.2 18 5 5 0 0 8 7 2.05 1 5
John Ennis 1 0 4.76 5 0 0 0 3 5.2 6 3 3 0 0 4 6 1.76 0 5

This is for the week of 5/22-28:

	        G 	AB 	R 	H 	2B 	3B 	HR 	RBI 	TB 	BB 	SO 	SB 	CS 	OBP 	SLG 	AVG 	OPS 	E 
Kurt Airoso 7 24 6 6 1 0 1 3 10 7 12 0 0 0.419 0.417 0.250 0.836 0
Brent Clevlen 6 20 5 4 1 0 1 1 8 5 9 1 0 0.360 0.400 0.200 0.760 1
Chris Maples 7 24 7 9 3 0 3 8 21 6 6 0 0 0.500 0.875 0.375 1.375 0
Vincent Blue 5 18 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 0.105 0.111 0.056 0.216 1
Tony Giarratano 7 33 4 7 0 1 0 3 9 1 6 1 0 0.235 0.273 0.212 0.508 1
Mike Rabelo 6 21 8 11 2 1 0 3 15 1 4 1 0 0.545 0.714 0.524 1.260 0
Kody Kirkland 7 23 7 7 4 0 2 10 17 2 6 2 0 0.360 0.739 0.304 1.099 2
Kelly Hunt 5 19 1 5 1 0 1 3 9 0 7 0 0 0.263 0.474 0.263 0.737 1
Scott Tousa 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0
Jackson Melian 7 31 5 9 2 0 1 6 14 0 5 0 0 0.290 0.452 0.290 0.742 1
Danilo Sanchez 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0
Juan Francia 5 17 2 4 1 0 0 1 5 3 2 2 0 0.350 0.294 0.235 0.644 1
TOTALS 240 46 63 16 2 9 41 110 26 62 7 0 0.335 0.458 0.263 0.793 8

Humb Sanchez 1 1 0.61 2 2 0 0 0 14.2 8 2 1 0 0 5 18 0.89 0 0 4.91 3.07 11.05
P Larrison 0 1 9.53 1 1 0 0 0 5.2 7 6 6 3 0 4 0 1.94 0 0 11.12 6.35 0.00
Nathan Bumstead 2 0 3.60 2 2 1 0 0 15 8 6 6 3 1 8 11 1.07 0 0 4.80 4.80 6.60
Virgil Vasquez 1 0 6.35 1 1 0 0 0 5.2 11 4 4 1 0 2 5 2.29 0 0 17.47 3.18 7.94
Brian Rogers 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Bobby M. Jones 0 0 3.18 1 1 0 0 0 5.2 8 4 2 0 1 -1 4 1.24 0 0 12.71 -1.59 6.35
E De La Cruz 0 0 1.93 2 0 0 0 1 4.2 5 2 1 0 0 3 0 1.71 0 1 9.64 5.79 0.00
Ian Ostlund 0 1 7.72 3 0 0 0 0 2.1 6 3 2 1 0 0 1 2.57 1 0 23.15 0.00 3.86
Pete Sikaras 0 0 4.50 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 2.00 0 2 9.00 9.00 4.50
Chris Homer 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1.00 0 1 9.00 0.00 9.00
John Ennis 0 0 3.38 2 0 0 0 1 2.2 2 1 1 0 0 2 2 1.50 0 2 6.75 6.75 6.75
TOTALS 4 3 3.62 20 7 1 0 2 58.5 59 29 24 8 2 25 44 1.44 3 6 9.08 3.85 6.77


Went 4-3 last week.

Hit .263/.335/.458 as a team. Nice slugging week. 9 taters.

Pitching had a 3.62 ERA, 1.44 WHIP.

Good stuff:

Mike Rabelo - .524/.545/.714

As was mentioned above "Rabs" is starting to heat up. Which is a good thing, because Danilo Sanchez is still trying to figure out AA. Mike led the team with 8 runs during the week. Not sure how his fielding is, but it is nice to see one of our catchers (in addition to Chris Robinson) heating up.

Kody Kirkland - .304//360/.739

The enigma that KK is had a very nice week. His power continues to show and he added some better contact this week. His 10 rbi's led the team this week. Still leading the EL in homers, I believe. Only struck out 6 times in 23 ab's, good for him.

Chris Maples - .375/.500/.875

.500 OBP? .875 Slugging? I'd say a pretty nice week. 6 of his 9 hits were of the EBH type.

Humberto Sanchez - 0.61 ERA, 0.89 WHIP

The guy just keeps on rolling, lowering his season ERA to 1.84. 2 starts, 14 1/3 innings, 1 earned run, 18 whiffs. What more can we say about this guy? We will see him in September in Detroit if he keeps this up.

Bad stuff:

Brent Clevlen - .200/.360/.400

Sorry Brent, you are still here. His 5 walks were encouraging, but still struck out 9 times in his 20 other pa's.

Vince Blue - .056/.105/.111

Ooof! Vince had a nice start to the year, but is falling fast. This horrid week (1-18), lowered his numbers to .204/.301/.246. No one at Lakeland is pushing him too hard, but a move may be made if Frazier/Clete start to heat up.

Danilo Sanchez - .000/.000/.000

Lost his starting job to Rabelo and for good reason. Season numbers are .108/.192/.123. Scary numbers for a guy who many thought had the hitting ability but needed to work on his fielding. Maybe, he is thinking too much about his fielding???

Preston Larrison - 9.53 ERA/1.92 WHIP

Hard to beat up a guy too much for just one start. Last night, he was victim of a 2-0 shutout, but that is not in consideration here. Still having a decent year.

Another note: Nate Bumstead won both of his starts last week. An encouraging sign. His 5 losses are a bit misleading, considering the Wolves hitting woes this year. Still, for a guy who relies on his placement, 33 walks in 61 innings is not good.

Amazing stat of the week: Bobby Jones "unwalked" someone during the week. Damn amazing!

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SeaWolves Win in 10 innings 5-3

It took extra innings, but the SeaWolves took game two of a three-game set against the Bowie Baysox 5-3.

The SeaWolves struck first in the top of the third inning. Jackson Melian struck out to start the inning, but reached first base on a wild pitch. Vince Blue followed by striking out on a wild pitch and Melian reached second. A groundout to first by Juan Franica got Melian to third with two outs for Tony Giarratano. Bowie starter Daniel Cabrera, on rehab assignment from the Baltimore Orioles, struck out Giarratano for his third strikeout of the inning. On a dropped third strike, catcher Ryan Hubele threw the ball passed Leo Daigle at first allowing Melian to score from third. In the inning, the SeaWolves did not collect a hit, but two wild pitches and an error allowed a run to score giving the ‘Wolves a 1-0 lead.

Erie extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth. Kody Kirkland led off the inning with a single and stole second, putting a runner into scoring position with no outs. The next batter was Scott Tousa and he hit a hot shot passed the first baseman Daigle down the right field line, allowing Giarratano to score from second. The single put the ‘Wolves up by two runs.

The ‘Wolves scored another run in the top of the fifth. Francia led off the inning with a swinging bunt single and Giarratano followed with a deep drive to centerfield that skipped over the wall for a ground rule double. The runners were forced to stop at second and third on the play with no outs bringing Chris Maples to the plate. Maples hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Francia from third, putting Erie up 3-0.

The Baysox got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning. Noah Hall led off the inning with a double and scored on a two out double by Ryan Hubele, cutting the SeaWolves lead to 3-1.

Bowie tied the game in the bottom of the eighth off of Eulogio De La Cruz. The first two batters of the inning, Jeff Fiorintino and Brooks Badeaux reached on walks. De La Cruz retired the next two hitters on ground outs to Kirkland at third, however he surrendered a double to Noah Hall. The two-RBI double tied the game at 3-3.

Ian Ostlund retied the final batter of the eighth and worked out of a jam in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Vince Blue singled with one out. Francia drew a walk, putting two runners on base for Giarratano. Giarratanno doubled to the wall in left-center, plating both runners on base, putting Erie up 5-3.

John Ennis came into the game in the bottom of the 10th and retired the side in order picking up his fourth save of the season.

Ian Ostlund picked up the win, his third of the year.

SeaWolves starting pitcher Bobby Jones carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a single to Hubele with two outs. Jones was superb, allowing only one run off of three hits in the ballgame. He struck out a season-high seven hitters and left the game with a lead.


- The SeaWolves finished the month of May with a record of 16-13 and in fourth place in the division.

- Erie improves to 2-1 in extra innings games against the Baysox and 6-2 overall in extra innings games.

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SeaWolves Win Rain Shortened Game

Mother nature was the SeaWolves best friend on Thursday night in the series finale against the Bowie Baysox.

Erie jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning of off Bowie starter James Johnson. Kurt Airoso lined a single up the middle leading off the inning. Kody Kirkland followed by drawing a walk and Scott Tousa poked a base knock through the right side of the infield loading the bases with no outs. Airoso scored on a passed ball by catcher Ryan Hubele for the first SeaWolves run of the game. On the play, Kirkland and Tousa moved up a base and Danilo Sanchez came to the plate with one out. Sanchez sent a ground ball to the right side of the infield that scored Kirkland from third, giving the ‘Wolves a two-run advantage.

After being retired in order in the third and fourth innings, the ‘Wolves struck for three runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Sanchez drew a walk and Vince Blue followed with a single putting two runners on base for Juan Francia. Francia hit into a fielders choice that retired Blue at second but Sanchez advanced to third putting runners on the corners for Tony Giarratano. While Giarratano was at the plate, Francia stole second putting two runners in scoring position. Giarratano eventually drew a walk loading the bases with one out for Chris Maples. Maples worked the count to 3-2 and drew a bases loaded walk, putting Erie up 3-0. Kurt Airoso followed with his second single of the game bringing home a pair of runs giving the SeaWolves a 5-0 lead.

With threatening skies and lightening in the distance, Nate Bumstead came out to work in the bottom of the fifth inning for Erie. He gave up a leadoff solo home run to Tony Alvarez but followed by retiring the side in order including a strikeout of Jeff Fiorintino which would be the final out of the game.

Once the fifth inning concluded, the skies opened up and rain poured at Prince George’s Stadium. After a half hour delay, the umpires deemed the field unplayable and unsafe due to lightening conditions and the ballgame was over with the SeaWolves taking a 5-1 victory in a shortened game.

Bumstead won his third consecutive start and improved to 4-5 on the season. Despite the game only going five innings, Bumstead gets credited with a complete game, his second of the year. The two complete games leads the team and the Eastern League.

The win marked the first time in 2006 that the SeaWolves posted back-to-back wins against the Baysox. It was also the first series win against Bowie.

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Erie SeaWolves vs. Akron Aeros



(32-21, 2nd PLACE, 0.5 GB)



(26-27, 4th PLACE, 6.5 GB)


The SeaWolves come home for a three-game weekend series against the Akron Aeros. The ‘Wolves are coming off their first series victory against the Bowie Baysox. On Wednesday, the SeaWolves won 5-3 in 10 innings and on Thursday, Erie took a 5-1 victory in a rain shortened five-inning game.

The Aeros are the hottest team in the Southern Division, winning seven of their last 10 ballgames. They are also coming off of a three-game sweep at home against the first place Altoona Curve.

The Aeros swept the SeaWolves in the first series between these two teams. All three games were highly competitive with the ‘Wolves losing the first and third games of the series each by one run.

The second series between the two squads was plagued by rain. The first two games of the series were postponed and the two teams played a doubleheader in the final day of the three-game set. In game one, Humberto Sanchez tossed a gem going six scoreless picking up his fourth win of the season. Game two of the double-dip went to extra innings with the SeaWolves picking up the win thanks to Kody Kirkland RBI double in extra innings.

Both teams in the season series have been unable to protect their home field advantage with the SeaWolves taking a two-game sweep at Canal Park and the Aeros taking a three-game sweep a week prior at Jerry Uht Park.

SEASON SERIES – Akron lead 3-2

Breakdown By Game

Date Score WP LP SV

5/8 L 5-4 Lara (3-0) Bumstead (1-4) Mujica - 8

5/9 L 5-1 Smith (2-0) Sanchez (3-2) None

5/10 L 4-3 Bay (3-3) Vasquez (2-4) Foley - 1

5/15 Postponed...Will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 25

5/17 W 5-0 Sanchez (4-2) Pesco (2-2) -

5/17 W 2-1 (9) Ostlund (2-0) Buzacher (1-2) Ennis - 1



RHP Humberto Sanchez (5-3, 1.84 ERA) vs. LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, 4.50 ERA)


RHP Virgil Vasquez (3-5, 4.06 ERA) vs. RHP Bear Bay (3-3, 3.65 ERA)


RHP Preston Larrison (4-4, 3.67 ERA) vs. RHP Adam Miller (5-4, 4.35 ERA)


- SeaWovles home games beginning this Friday, June 2, will all be 7:05 first pitches. Sunday games will remain at 1:05 (Exceptions will be Thursday, June 29 against Akron with a 12:05 start and Monday, September 4 against Akron with a 1:05 start).

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Kody Kirkland has surpassed the magical .300 OBP barrier! Next step: Get the k/bb ratio under 9/1!

In all seriousness, Kody showed modest improvement in May. His seven walks vs. 97 at bats is almost adequate. Unfortunately he still struck out more than a third(!) of the time, which is absolutely staggering.

A glimmer of hope: Perhaps Kody can become a lefty-masher in time. Currently .301/.363/.740/1.102 vs. lefties with a relatively normal strikeout rate (17 in 73 at bats). Still not enough walks, naturally.

Next to cross the .300 OBP plateau (I hope): Tony Giarratano! It could be a while though, as he's currently at .275. Amazing after the start to his career that he might not even be able to hit enough for a utility job.

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SeaWolves Win Game One In New Hampshire 6-4

The SeaWolves took game one of a three-game set in New Hampshire by a final score of 6-4 on Tuesday Night.

The ‘Wolves struck first in the top of the third inning. Juan Francia and Tony Giarratano both singled with one out in the inning. Chris Maples followed with a double down the right field line scoring Francia and Kurt Airoso followed with a sacrifice fly scoring Giarratano, putting Erie up 2-0.

The Fisher Cats responded and tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Adam Lind extended his hitting streak to 16-straight games with a solo home run leading off the inning. With one out Vito Chiaravalloti also connected on a solo home run, tying the game at 2-2.

Erie jumped back on top in the top of the seventh. Danilo Sanchez, Brent Clevlen and Vince Blue all singled with no outs, loading the bases for the top of the order. Francia hit into a fielder’s choice and Sanchez was thrown out at home for the first out. Giarratano followed by connecting on a hot shot off the glove and passed the third baseman Eric Arnold bringing two more runs home, putting the SeaWolves on top 4-2.

For the second time in the game, New Hampshire responded tying the ballgame in the bottom of an inning after the ‘Wolves took a two run lead in the top half. With one out, Manny Mayorson hit a bloop single to right and Adam Lind followed with his second home run of the game. The two-run homer tied the game at 4-4.

The ‘Wolves wasted no time getting ahead in the next half inning. Airoso singled leading off the eighth and Scott Tousa walked putting two on for Jackson Melian. Melian layed down a sacrifice bunt moving the runners into scoring position for Sanchez. Sanchez sent a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Airiso from third, giving Erie a 5-4 advantage.

Ian Ostlund pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth and the SeaWolves took the one-run lead to the ninth.

In the top of the ninth, Blue lined a single to center field leading off the inning. Francia sacrificed Blue over to third, giving the SeaWolves an insurance run 90-feet from home with just one out. Giarratano followed with his fourth hit of the ballgame, a double, bringing home Blue, putting the SeaWolves up 6-4.

John Ennis picked up his fifth save of the season, preserving the SeaWolves victory by only allowing a walk in the bottom of the ninth.


- The SeaWolves improved to 8-0 following an off-day.

- Starting pitcher Bobby Jones went six innings and left for the second consecutive game with the lead, only to get a no decision. Jones allowed two runs off of three hits. He walked a season high five and struck out six on 100 pitches.

- The SeaWolves improve to 3-2 in the month of June.

- Erie is 4-3 against the Northern Division.

- Tony Giarratano joins Kurt Airoso and Jackson Melian as the only SeaWolves with a four-hit game this season.

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