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SeaWolves swept after error in 9th

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BOWIE, Md. -- Tyler Henson's grounder through third baseman Michael Bertram's legs with two out in the bottom of the ninth scored the winning run from second base to lift the Bowie Baysox to a 3-2 victory over the plummeting Erie SeaWolves in the second game of the evening Monday at Prince George's Stadium

In the continuation of a suspended game, the Baysox beat the 'Wolves 10-9 after leading 10-0.

Jay Voss (1-3), who got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth of the second game, took the loss, the eighth straight for Erie (31-46).

Erie tied the seven-inning game on a wild pitch with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Bertram had earlier tripled home the other run.

The first game was a resumption of the June 6 game that was stopped by rain in the third inning.

Trailing 1-0, Erie fell behind 10-0 after Bowie scored nine runs in the third. Ryan Adams had a three-run home run for the Baysox in the third and Bowie used six singles and two walks to score the nine runs.

The SeaWolves had just six hits in the game but made the most of them, scoring eight runs in the fifth inning.

Andy Bouchie hit a three-run home run in the big inning and Bertram blasted a grand slam when, with two outs, Erie used three walks around an Andy Dirks double to load the bases. The two home runs give Erie a league-leading 84 this season.

The SeaWolves scored once more in the eighth but fell short. The SeaWolves had played well against the Baysox this season, going 9-3 against Bowie entering the first game, including a 7-2 record at Prince George's Stadium.

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SeaWolves suffer another setback in 9th

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BOWIE, Md. -- Joel Guzman's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth boosted the Bowie Baysox to a 6-5 victory over the free-falling Erie SeaWolves on Tuesday night at Prince George's Stadium.

The loss was a season-high ninth straight for Erie (31-47) and second straight defeat in the bottom of the ninth to the Baysox.(42-36). Bowie goes for the four-game sweep tonight at 7:05.

In the bottom of the ninth, Felix Pie got his fourth hit of the game, a leadoff double off Zach Simons (1-2). Ryan Adams was intentionally walked, and after Caleb Joseph bunted into a force play with Pie out at third, Guzman followed with his line drive to left.

The Baysox scored four runs off Erie starter Ramon Garcia in the first inning, the last two coming on an error by first baseman Rawley Bishop.

The SeaWolves got two runs back in the second on a sacrifice fly by Kody Kaiser and Deik Scram's RBI double.

Michael Bertram had an RBI double in the sixth inning, and the 'Wolves tied the game at 5-5 with two runs in the top of the seventh. Andy Dirks had a sacrifice fly and Bishop an RBI single.

Dirks, Bishop and Bertram had two hits each for the SeaWolves, who are 8-31 since moving into first place in the Eastern League's Western Division on May 19. The losing streak surpassed three eight-game skids, including the first eight games of the season and another immediately after moving into first.

Jim Hoey (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to get the win.

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Erie SeaWolves' losing streak reaches 9 games

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BOWIE, Md. -- The Erie SeaWolves, mired in a miserable first half of their season, matched their season-low for futility.

The SeaWolves lost nine straight for the second time in 2010 when Bowie rallied from an early 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 win Wednesday in front of 2,869 at Prince George's Stadium.

Felix Pie of the Baltimore Orioles, playing for Bowie on a rehabilitation assignment, scored from first base on Ryan Adams' two-double down the left-field line off Erie reliever Matt Hoffman (0-2).

An animated Phil Nevin argued with home plate umpire Max Guyll that catcher Andy Bouchie tagged out a headfirst-sliding Pie at the plate, but to no avail.

The Erie manager resumed his diatribe at the umpire crew as the stadium was cleared.

Bowie's series sweep left Erie with an overall record of 31-48. The Baysox (43-36) added to the SeaWolves' mounting frustration by winning each game of the four-game series by one run.

The outcome made a winner of Bowie's Pedro Viola (3-0). Baysox starter Rick Zagone and Viola combined to retire 18 straight Erie batters between the third and ninth innings.

The SeaWolves scored their second and third runs in the third on RBI singles by Andy Dirks and Michael Bertram.

Wednesday's loss was Erie's ninth straight, not Tuesday's 6-5 loss as previously reported.

The Baysox's 10-9 final over the SeaWolves on Monday officially reverted to June 6, when the teams were suspended by rain.

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SeaWolves still streaking wrong way

ShareThe Erie SeaWolves continued to be defined by the words “straight” and “streak” Wednesday night. And not in good ways, either.

Bowie rallied for a 4-3 victory over the SeaWolves before 2,869 at Prince George’s Stadium. The Baysox scored the decisive run in the bottom of the ninth inning when Felix Pie scored from first on Ryan Adams’ two-out double down the left-field line.

Erie manager Phil Nevin argued with the home plate umpire that the headfirst-sliding Pie was tagged out by catcher Andy Bouchie. Nevin continued an animated tirade at the umpiring crew as the field was cleared.

The SeaWolves dropped to 31-48, last in the Eastern League’s Western Division. Only Eastern Division entry New Britain (22-57) has a worse record.

Erie lost all four games in the Bowie series by one run. Wednesday’s setback also was the team’s ninth in a row, not Tuesday’s 6-5 loss as reported in the Erie Times-News.

Bowie’s 10-9 final in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader officially reverted to June 6, when the game was suspended by rain in the third inning at Prince George’s.

That league rule also means the SeaWolves have two nine-game losing streaks this season. Their previous 0-9 skid was between June 5-15.


Erie remains in the Piedmont for a four-game series at Richmond (37-42) that starts Thursday.

The SeaWolves won two of three in their first appearance at The Diamond. They led the Western Division after a 9-4 victory over the Flying Squirrels on May 19, but since then only have eight wins to their credit.

The Friday and Saturday games at The Diamond will start at 7:05 p.m., with first pitch on Saturday and Sunday at 6:35 p.m. Probable starters for the series are: Erie LH Charles Furbush (0-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. Richmond LH Clayton Tanner (4-5, 3.46 ERA) on Thursday; RH Thad Weber (4-8, 4.11) vs. a Richmond starter to be determined on Friday; RH Brooks Brown (5-5, 4.70) vs. RH Felix Romero (1-1, 4.36) on Saturday; and RH Anthony Shawler (1-0, 3.13) vs. RH Daryl Maday (8-5, 2.34) on Sunday.


Even though the SeaWolves are out of town, Jerry Uht Park will be busy with Red, White and Brew activities. Music and fireworks highlight Friday’s Independence Day weekend event.

The Uht will open at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, with children age 16 and under admitted free.

Check out the SeaWolves website for further details

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Extra innings, extra grief for SeaWolves

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Erie SeaWolves lost their 10th straight game when Richmond beat them 2-1 in 12 innings Thursday night at The Diamond.

Richmond's Darren Ford ended the marathon game when he scored from first base on Brandon Crawford's one-out double. When Ford touched home plate, he prolonged one of the most agonizing losing streaks in the SeaWolves' history, if not their longest.

Thursday's loss not only was Erie's 10th straight, but its fifth straight by one run. The SeaWolves also lost their fourth straight when their opponent scored in its last at-bat, with the previous happening at Bowie.

Erie's misery doesn't end there. Thursday's loss also means the team is 0-6 in extra-inning games for the Eastern League season.

The SeaWolves (31-49) forced extra innings even though they had only three hits, all off Richmond starter Clayton Tanner. Their only run came in the top of the seventh, when Andy Dirks tied the score at 1-all on Kody Kaiser's hit-and-run single to center.

That score held until the 12th thanks to great relief pitching for both teams. The Flying Squirrels (38-42) finally got to Hamilton (0-1) when Ford and Crawford had their back-to-back hits.

Crawford accounted for Richmond's first run when he recorded an inside-the-park home run to right-center field off Erie starter Charles Furbush.

The SeaWolves' losing streak is their longest drought since they dropped 12 in a row between May 5-17, 2008.

Ironically, Thursday's game was Erie's first at Richmond since May 19. A 9-4 victory that night left the team in first place in the league's Western Division standings.

Since then, the SeaWolves are 8-33.

Erie's only hits were singles by Bryan Pounds, Andy Bouchie and Kaiser. Among those hitless was Shawn Roof, who started for Cale Iorg at shortstop.

Iorg was placed on the seven-day disabled list Thursday. He suffered a hamstring injury during the SeaWolves' previous series at Bowie.

Second baseman Carmelo Jaime was called up from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) to take Iorg's roster spot. It's the first Double-A promotion for the Dominican Republic native, who hit .216 in 13 Florida State League games for the Flying Tigers.

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SeaWolves lose 11th straight

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RICHMOND, Va. -- At least the Erie SeaWolves didn't endure their latest loss in the ninth inning or beyond.

Other than that, their 11th straight defeat Friday night had all the fingerprints of those which preceded it.

Richmond's Juan Ciriaco, a cousin of Erie infielder Audy Ciriaco, was the hero of the Flying Squirrels' 3-2 victory before 6,128 at The Diamond. His one-out squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth inning was successful when he was safe at first base and teammate Roger Kieschnick scored from third.

Erie (31-50) had a chance to tie in the top of the ninth, but Richmond closer Rafael Cova struck out the side for his 15th save.

The loss not only extended the SeaWolves' overall skid to 11, but a shorter run of one-run defeats to six in a row. Erie is 5-18 in such outcomes this season.

The SeaWolves also lost for the fifth straight time when their opponent scored the winning run in their last at-bats.

Not counting a suspended-game victory over Trenton, Erie's last win was a 13-6 final at New Hampshire on June 20.

The SeaWolves took a 2-0 lead on RBIs by Rawley Bishop and Bryan Pounds. However, they only managed five hits, all off Richmond starter Craig Westcott.

Erie's Thad Weber (4-9) took the loss despite 71/3 innings of work.

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Erie SeaWolves snap 11-game losing streak

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The 11-game drought is finally over for the Erie SeaWolves.

And it ended in convincing fashion Saturday as Erie gained an early lead and rode the four-hit pitching of Brooks Brown to a 6-0 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Brown (6-5) pitched a complete game and struck out six in front of a crowd of 9,560 at The Diamond.

After a scoreless first inning, the 'Wolves (32-50) broke through in the second after two walks, a wild pitch and a throwing error loaded the bases.

With two outs, outfielder Ben Guez hammered a ground-rule double off Richmond pitcher Michael Main, making it 2-0.

Guez went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Mike MacDonald replaced Main on the mound and the first batter he faced, Erie's Alden Carrithers, brought home two more runs with a single.

Andy Bouchie provided the rest of the SeaWolves' offense, driving in Kasey Kaiser in the third inning and again in the seventh.

The 'Wolves and Squirrels conclude the four-game series today at 6:35 p.m. and then Erie returns to Jerry Uht Park to face Bowie in a 7:05 p.m. Buck Night game Monday.

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SeaWolves finish road trip with loss in 10th inning

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RICHMOND, Va. -- One game after snapping an 11-game losing streak, the Erie SeaWolves reverted back to their old ways, dropping the final game of a series at Richmond with a 10th-inning, 4-3 loss to the Flying Squirrels on Sunday.

In front of a crowd of 9,560 at The Diamond, the Flying Squirrels' Clay Timpner drove in Brandon Belt for the winning run with a double in the 10th inning.

Belt went 4-for-5, including a solo homer in the sixth.

A ninth-inning pitching blunder from the Flying Squirrels kept the 'Wolves (32-51) alive. After a wild pitch loaded the bases, Richmond's third reliever, Rafael Cova, walked in two Erie runs to tie the game at 3-3.

Cova was credited with a blown save.

After starters Ramon Garcia, who gave up seven hits and had four strikeouts for Erie, and Felix Romero were each pulled in the seventh, the game became a bullpen-clearing pitching contest. Erie and Richmond used three and four relievers, respectively.

The Squirrels' final reliever, Andrew Sisco, came through with a perfect 10th inning and got the win.

Erie's Zach Simons took the loss. Simons allowed three hits, struck out three and yielded two walks in 12/3 innings.

After being held scoreless for six innings, the 'Wolves came to life in the seventh when Andy Dirks scored on an Andy Bouchie sacrifice fly.

The SeaWolves host the Bowie Baysox in a four-game series at Jerry Uht Park starting today with a Buck Night game at 7:05 p.m. Erie left-hander Duane Below (3-7, 4.52 ERA) and Bowie lefty Rick Zagone (0-0, 3.86) are the scheduled starters.

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SeaWolves still winless in extra innings

ShareOne-run and extra-inning losses continued to haunt the Erie SeaWolves on Sunday night.

After rallying to tie Richmond in the top of the ninth inning, the SeaWolves succumbed in the bottom of the 10th. Clay Timpner’s two-out double scored Brandon Belt for the game-winner in a 4-3 final at The Diamond.

Richmond (40-43) won three of four for the teams’ weekend series.

Sunday’s loss left Erie at 32-51 going into an eight-game home stand, which starts Monday at Jerry Uht Park. The SeaWolves are now a numbing 5-19 in one-run games and 0-7 in extra innings.

Erie tied matters at 3-all with two runs in the ninth. The SeaWolves loaded the bases off Rafael Cova, and then watched the Flying Squirrels closer walk Bryan Pounds and Ben Guez.

Andy Bouchie accounted for the SeaWolves’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.


Monday’s Buck Night game against Bowie will open the first of Erie’s two eight-game home stands at the Uht. The Baysox (45-38), second in the Eastern League’s Western Division, will be guests for the first four.

The SeaWolves seek a victory on their diamond for the first time since May 31. They were 0-12 at home for the month of June.

First pitch for each game in the series will be 7:05 p.m. The probable starters are: Bowie LH Rick Zagone (0-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. Erie LH Duane Below (3-7, 4.52 ERA) on Monday; RH Ryohei Tanaka (4-8, 4.70) vs. LH Charlie Furbush (0-0, 2.57) on Tuesday; RH Nathan Nery (0-3, 7.47) vs. RH Thad Weber (4-9, 4.08) on Wednesday; and RH Steve Johnson (3-5, 5.57) vs. Brooks Brown (6-5, 4.09).

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SeaWolves beat Baysox, snap long losing streak at home



The Erie SeaWolves wore their road uniforms at Jerry Uht Park on Monday night.

It was worth a shot, given the team went winless at home last month.

Whether they don their visiting grays in the future remains to be seen, but the attire worked this time. The SeaWolves ended the longest home losing streak in franchise history with an 8-7 victory over Bowie.

A Buck Night crowd of 4,189 watched Erie force extra innings with a four-run ninth inning, and then get the winning run when Andy Dirks scored from third base on a passed ball in the bottom of the 11th.

"It's so amazing," said Erie first baseman Michael Bertram, who was on second base when Dirks scored. "We just had a rough road trip where we lost five games in the (opponents') ninth inning or more. To turn around and do that to somebody else is great.

"I'm not sure why we were wearing the road jerseys," Bertram said, "but if it helps us win we'll wear them (Tuesday) too."

Erie (33-51) won at home for the first time since May 31, when they beat Harrisburg 11-9 on Memorial Day. The team was 0-12 in June at the Uht before Monday's unlikely comeback.

The SeaWolves also won in extra innings for the first time in eight Eastern League games this season. Their one-run final left them 6-19 in that category.

"After the road trip we just had, a win like this is one our team deserved," Erie manager Phil Nevin said.

"It's weird to say something like that, but the team never gave up (Monday)."

Bertram was a huge reason Erie ended all its droughts. His two-out, bases-loaded double to the gap in right-center field in the bottom of the ninth scored Shawn Roof, Alden Carrithers and Ben Guez to knot matters at 7-all.

Those runs came after Deik Scram led off the ninth with his sixth homer of the season.

Erie reliever Luis Marte (1-2) held the Baysox (45-39) to one hit in extra innings. He was credited with the win thanks to the game's unorthodox conclusion.

Bowie reliever Bob McCrory (1-1) recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the 11th before Dirks walked and Bertram sliced an opposite-field single to left. The right-hander then walked Erie's Kody Kaiser to load the bases.

Bryan Pounds, playing in his first home game for the SeaWolves, struck out on a McCrory offering well out of the strike zone. However, Bowie catcher Steve Lerud let the ball bounce to the left of the batter's circle.

Dirks broke when he saw that McCrory was slow to cover home plate. The SeaWolves' All-Star outfielder was safe, as was Pounds at first.

The Baysox lost despite four home runs off Erie pitching, which included three off starter Duane Below. Tyler Henson and Joel Guzman went back- to-back in the third for a 4-3 Baysox lead.

Ryan Adams' three-run homer in the fourth gave Bowie the four-run lead it maintained until the ninth.

Angel Flores was one of four SeaWolves with two hits. Flores' two-run homer in the second was the first of his Double-A career.

Pounds went 1-for-6 in his first game at the Uht. The third baseman was promoted from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) during Erie's last road trip.

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SeaWolves win 2nd home game in a row



Tuesday night was a first for one Erie SeaWolves pitcher who helped the team win two in a row.

Charlie Furbush was a huge reason Erie claimed consecutive Eastern League games for the first time since the middle of June with an 8-3 victory at Jerry Uht Park.

A crowd of 2,157 also watched the SeaWolves win back-to-back games at home for the first time since May 10 and 12.

The last time Erie (34-51) had any kind of winning streak was June 19-20, when the team closed a New England road trip with two wins at New Hampshire.

Furbush received his initial call-up to Double-A baseball from Lakeland (Fla.) five days later. And if the 6-foot 5-inch left-hander continues with the poise he showed Tuesday, a recall to the Flying Tigers won't happen anytime soon.

Furbush (1-0) struck out a team-high 11 for his first victory in three starts with Erie. He allowed Bowie two runs on four hits and walked only two over seven innings.

"The game hasn't changed coming up here," said Furbush, a 2007 fourth-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers. "I'm just sticking to what I know. That's what's going to make me successful."

Furbush allowed two hits over his first six innings, and at one point struck out six straight Baysox. Bowie's Caleb Joseph was on third with one out in the third, but Furbush rang up Carlos Rojas and Danny Figueroa with called third strikes to prevent the run.

Bowie didn't get to Furbush until the seventh, when Brandon Waring doubled and Caleb Joseph homered in consecutive at-bats.

"Charlie was good," Erie manager Phil Nevin said. "What I liked was that his change up was working for strikes. Obviously, he's got an electric fastball. But at this level, you've got to add something to it, and he did that (Tuesday).

"If not for the (Joseph) homer, there was a chance I would've sent him back out for the eighth."

Run support wasn't a problem for Furbush after Erie ruined his duel with Bowie starter Ryohei Tanaka (4-9) in the bottom of the fourth.

That's when the SeaWolves sent 10 batters to the plate after Tanaka retired their first 10.

Justin Henry, back with Erie after a 12-day stint with Triple-A Toledo, tripled to start a "team cycle" that resulted in a 7-0 lead. Erie was already up 2-0 on RBIs by Andy Dirks and Michael Bertram when Deik Scram smashed a Tanaka fastball over the right-center field fence for a grand slam.

"It felt great to finally get something started with my swing," said Scram, who's struggling with a .181 average despite his seventh homer. "That was a great hit, and hopefully I can build on that."

Bryan Pounds added the exclamation point to Erie's monster rally with a solo homer off Tanaka. The third baseman had another solo shot in the seventh off Bowie reliever Eddie Gamboa for his first two Double-A homers.

"The nice thing was I hit them when I didn't necessarily know what (Bowie's pitchers) were going to be throwing," Pounds said.

Pounds and Rawley Bishop accounted for half of Erie's eight hits. Joseph had two of seven hits for the Baysox (45-40), who remain in second place in the Eastern League's Western Division standings.

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Erie SeaWolves use another big inning to beat up Bowie Baysox



It wasn't the heat or humidity that did in Bowie, although both were prevalent for Wednesday's game at Jerry Uht Park.


Rather, it was Erie SeaWolves pitcher Thad Weber and his massive run support that wilted the Baysox.

For the second straight game, the SeaWolves batted around for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Baysox.

Rawley Bishop and Bryan Pounds hit home runs amid Erie's 12-batter rally, which was the reason for its 12-3 win before a crowd of 2,735.

"I don't know what's going on there," outfielder Andy Dirks said of the team's recent fourth-inning prosperity. "Sometimes you get rolling, sometimes you don't. Sometimes, you've got to feel out what a (starting pitcher) has the first time through the order. I think everybody did a great job of making adjustments (at the plate) early in the game."

Those adjustments must have been minor ones, given the SeaWolves' success against Nathan Nery (0-4).

They bombarded Bowie's starter for 11 runs and 11 hits over his 32/3 innings.

Erie (35-51) already led 5-3 when Dirks led off the fourth with a double.

When he came to the plate for the second time that inning, he had scored the first of the SeaWolves' seven runs off Nery and Baysox reliever Pedro Viola.

Cale Iorg, who returned from the disabled list Wednesday, gave Erie its nine-run cushion with an RBI single. Dirks and Iorg each reached twice in that span.

When the SeaWolves beat Bowie 8-3 on Tuesday, they sent 10 to the plate during their seven-run fourth.

The fact that Wednesday's rally was in the same inning was lost on manager Phil Nevin until he was asked about it.

"They put together a lot of good at-bats," Nevin said, "and when you get a lot of runs scored in one game, they're usually scored in one or two innings. I thought we took some pretty good cuts the first and second time (through the order)."

Nobody appreciated those 12 runs more than Weber, whose lack of run support is a factor in his 5-9 record.

Weber won at the Uht for the first time in 2010.

The right-hander faced the minimum through three innings, with a three-run homer by Bowie's Tyler Henson the only blemish in his 71/3 innings of work.

Remarkably, Weber is 4-0 against the Baysox (45-41) this season.

"Yeah, I was asking around when's the next time we play them," he said with a chuckle. "Really, though, (Bowie) is a good-hitting club. I've been fortunate to make a lot of good pitches against them."

Weber, who leads the league with 111 innings on the mound, helped Erie claim three consecutive victories for the first time since a four-game winning streak culminated May 19.

The SeaWolves were the Eastern League's Western Division leaders after that stretch.

The win also gave Erie its longest winning streak at the Uht since a four-game run over two home stands in early May. The SeaWolves were 0-12 at home for all of June.

- Notes: The Detroit Tigers recalled Carmelo Jaime, 24, to Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) on Wednesday after the infielder had a weekend cameo with the SeaWolves. The Dominican received his first Double-A promotion last Thursday. ... Cesar Nicolas, who's been on the disabled list since June 13, was on the field for pregame drills and batting practice Wednesday.

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Erie SeaWolves batter Bowie Baysox again



The Erie SeaWolves remained lethal the second time through their batting order Thursday night.

For the third straight game, the SeaWolves batted around for a seven-run inning against the Bowie Baysox.

That total was attained in the bottom of the third, when they sent 12 to the plate en route to a 9-1 victory at Jerry Uht Park.

"Right now, it's definitely contagious," Erie shortstop Cale Iorg said. "When you get into slumps, guys want to do stuff on their own. They want to hit five-run home runs with nobody on base. But right now, everyone (in the lineup) is hitting like they're relaxed."

The crowd of 2,169 also felt good. They not only watched Erie record a season-high 17 hits, but they also saw Erie claim its first four-game series sweep this season.

The SeaWolves (36-51) also won four in a row for the first time since May 19.

Erie buried the Baysox (45-42) with seven runs in the fourth inning of their previous two games.

The SeaWolves couldn't even wait that long Thursday, as their first six batters in the third recorded hits off Bowie starter Steve Johnson (3-6).

That stretch culminated in Deik Scram's bases-clearing double to the left-center field wall. Scram, who scored Erie's seventh run in the rally, finished the game 4-for-4.

That same inning, Andy Dirks and Cale Iorg each had two hits in a nine-hit binge off Johnson and reliever Chad Thall.

Dirks' second hit marked the eighth straight time the Eastern League All-Star reached base over three games.

Iorg, meanwhile, finished with three hits in his second game back from the disabled list.

"I don't know if there's anything special to it," he said when asked about Erie's recent outbursts the second time through its order. "We went through such a long period where we didn't do anything (at the plate). But the way the guys are swinging the bats right now, it was bound to happen."

Audy Ciriaco also contributed to the victory in his return to Erie's active roster.

Ciriaco came off the disabled list Thursday from a left wrist injury that's nagged him this season. In his first game since June 24, the third baseman singled and scored during Erie's big rally, and then hit a solo home run off Thall in the fourth.

"We're just getting good at-bats," Ciriaco said, "and when you do that, good things (Thursday's rally) will happen."

As the SeaWolves welcomed back Ciriaco to their active roster, Shawn Roof went to the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. The versatile infielder from Champaign, Ill., was hitting .229 with 13 RBIs.

Lost in Erie's offensive barrage was the performance of pitcher Brooks Brown. The right-hander won his team-high seventh game (7-5) and blanked the Baysox on four hits over the first six innings.

Brown leads the league with three complete games, which included his previous two starts. Not counting a suspended-game victory, he hasn't allowed a run since the fifth inning of Erie's 5-1 victory at Portland on June 17.

Bowie's lone run came on Caleb Joseph's solo home run off Erie reliever Jay Voss in the seventh inning.

- SeaWolves pitcher Thad Weber has felt at home with the recent weather conditions.

Weber, born and raised in eastern Nebraska, is used to the heavy humidity that Erie residents have experienced this week. He didn't find the humidity excessive for Wednesday's start against Bowie.

"It's really about the same," Weber said after the game. "I was talking to my parents back home (in Nebraska) and they said how hot and humid it was there. I told them about here and how there's really no breeze off the lake at all."

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Aeros shut down SeaWolves



There was no seven-run rally for the Erie SeaWolves on Friday.


In fact, they never came close to seven runs, period.

That was because of strong pitching by Akron starter Paolo Espino and two relievers.

The trio limited an Erie offense that scored 37 runs in its four-game sweep of Bowie to Michael Bertram's solo home run in the Aeros' 10-1 rout at Jerry Uht Park.

A crowd of 3,541 watched the SeaWolves' bid for a five-game home winning streak go by the wayside.

Erie had only four hits against the Aeros, all in the first four innings.

Justin Henry and Deik Scram were the only SeaWolves who reached base after the fifth.

"It was tough because their pitchers threw so well," said Henry, who walked in the seventh. "We had some chances early with runners in scoring position, but we couldn't get the big hit."

Erie (36-52) tied the score at 1-all in the bottom of the second when Bertram lined an Espino pitch over the right-field fence. His 10th homer of the season tied him with Andy Dirks for the team lead among active SeaWolves.

Wilkin Ramirez hit 15 before his June 8 call-up to Triple-A Toledo.

The SeaWolves, who posted seven-run innings in their previous three games against Bowie, looked as if they'd repeat that feat against the Aeros (44-43). They loaded the bases with a Dirks double and two-out walks to Rawley Bishop and Bertram.

However, Espino (8-3) struck out Audy Ciriaco to end what would be Erie's last serious threat. The right-hander, a recent addition to the Eastern League All-Star Game, departed after five innings.

"We've had those big innings lately," Henry said, "but again, it was one of those nights."

Akron, though, did have a big inning. Two, actually.

The Aeros never trailed after they chased Erie starter Ramon Garcia (0-5) in the top of the fourth. Matt McBride, Beau Mills and Carlos Rivero loaded the bases on singles, with McBride scoring on a wild pitch by the left-hander.

Akron's Jerad Head then plated Mills on a sacrifice fly to center. Rivero made it 4-1 when he scored on Damaso Espino's bloop single to right-center.

The Aeros added plenty of insurance in the latter innings, highlighted by Mills' two two-run singles, even though Chen-Chang Lee and Shane Lindsay proved they didn't need it. The Akron relievers combined for four hitless innings and seven strikeouts.

Lee, who threw three-quarters and sidearm, particularly caught the attention of Phil Nevin.

"Not only was he (pitching) sidearm, he had some pretty good velocity," the Erie manager said. "You don't see that very often (in Double-A baseball). They usually fly by this level."

McBride and Mills each had three hits in Akron's 13-hit attack. Jordan Henry, brother of Erie's Justin Henry, added two more as Akron's leadoff hitter.

Dirks, who reached base eight straight times during one stretch of the Bowie series, reached twice as Erie's leadoff batter Friday. The outfielder's double off Espino was his Eastern League-best 97th hit.

Friday was the first of eight straight games between Erie and Akron. The teams will reconvene for another four-game series at Canal Park after the league's All-Star break Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Erie SeaWolves' offense produces zeros vs. Akron Aeros



The Erie SeaWolves wore their all-white uniforms Saturday night, but it was Akron starter Alex White who wore on them.

White showed a Jerry Uht Park crowd of 4,546 why he was the Cleveland Indians' first-round pick in the 2009 amateur draft.

The right-hander pitched a four-hitter over six innings, and also scored a run after his second professional at-bat, in the Aeros' 4-0 victory.

Erie (36-53) totaled five hits and was shut out at home for the first time since Portland and New Hampshire consecutively blanked them June 10-11.

The SeaWolves have scored one run in their past two games against Akron after they touched home 37 times in their previous four-game series against Bowie.

The loss was Erie's sixth straight against Akron.

The Aeros moved to 45-43, with White now 4-4. The 21-year-old has a .500 record, even though he lowered his ERA to 1.53.

"I had all four pitches working (Saturday)," said White, who walked one and struck out seven. "My slider and split were great, especially in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings when they were unbelievable. I didn't have command of my four-seam (fastball), but from the third inning on I was throwing it where I wanted."

SeaWolves manager Phil Nevin cited White's splitter as the X-factor for the pitcher's second victory over Erie this season.

"He's definitely as advertised," Nevin said. "The good ones reach back and find something extra, and Alex was able to do that. That was the splitter we've all heard about since he was with (the University of) North Carolina."

The SeaWolves didn't help themselves against White, as they surpassed 100 team errors for the season in the top of the third.

Fielding miscues by second baseman Alden Carrithers and right fielder Kody Kaiser, along with John Drennen's RBI single, led to Akron's 2-0 lead.

The Aeros actually lost their designated hitter after that mini-rally when Nevin spotted a problem with the Aeros' lineup.

When the umpires sorted it out, Akron manager Joel Skinner was forced to switch No. 4 hitter Matt McBride from DH to first base and insert White into the No. 5 spot for slugger Beau Mills.

The move didn't hinder McBride. He lined his team-leading 12th homer off the Uht's left-field foul pole grate for a 3-0 Aeros' lead in the sixth off Erie starter Duane Below (3-8).

White, who walked in his first two professional at-bats against Below, scored as a result of the second one. He helped himself to a 4-0 advantage later in the sixth when he came home from second base on Cristo Arnal's two-out flare single to center.

"I had a couple at-bats in college, but yeah, it's been a while since I picked up a bat," White said with a sheepish smile. "I was told (by the Aeros) there would be a steep fine if I swung."

Andy Dirks singled twice for two of Erie's four hits off White. The All-Star outfielder upped his season total to 99, best in the Eastern League.

"We prepared like he was just any other pitcher," Dirks said of White, "but we just couldn't get enough base knocks."

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SeaWolves take advantage of opportunity against Aeros



Andy Dirks didn't get a hit Sunday afternoon, but he still managed to be one for the Erie SeaWolves.

Dirks' aggressive base running helped Erie sustain its eighth- inning rally against the Akron Aeros. The SeaWolves eventually batted around for four runs, highlighted by Audy Ciriaco's two-run triple, in their 5-1 victory before 2,192 at Jerry Uht Park.

Erie (37-53) won its first game in the four-game series. The SeaWolves have sent at least nine batters to the plate in an inning for four of their five wins during their eight-game home stand, which concludes today with a Buck Night game against the Aeros (45-44).

A duel between Erie starter Charlie Furbush and Akron's Scott Barnes left the teams at 1-all after seven innings. It wasn't until Connor Graham (2-5) relieved Barnes that the SeaWolves went on their latest binge.

Erie had runners on first and second base with one out in the eighth when Dirks sought his 100th hit of the Eastern League season. Instead, the center fielder dove into first when Akron first baseman Beau Mills bobbled a sharp grounder behind the bag.

Dirks reached to load the bases before Mills could get off a relay flip to Graham.

"I thought there was going to be a collision, so I hit the dust" Dirks said of the play. "The whole thing was pretty ugly, but it worked out in the end."

Dirks got dirty again when Erie scored its go-ahead run.

He was out on Cale Iorg's fielder's choice grounder to Akron second baseman Jason Kipnis, but his slide slowed shortstop Carlos Rivero's relay to first for a double-play attempt.

Kody Kaiser, who led off the eighth with a double, scored to make it 2-1. Alden Carrithers and Iorg then scored on Ciriaco's opposite-field triple down the right-field line, which made it 4-1.

Ciriaco, who finished 4-for-4 with two triples, accounted for Erie's final run on a Michael Bertram single.

The rally made a winner of reliever Zach Simons (2-3), who will join pitcher Brooks Brown and Dirks in Wednesday's Eastern League All-Star Game at Harrisburg.

Before their late outburst, it looked like the SeaWolves' biggest story would be Furbush. The imposing left-hander continued to impress with his steady mix of fastballs and breaking pitches.

At 61/3 innings, Furbush's start was his shortest in four appearances for Erie, but he still only surrendered four hits. He walked one and struck out nine.

Furbush allowed the Aeros' lone run in the top of the sixth, when Castro Arnal's sacrifice fly tied the game at 1-all. Furbush departed when Akron loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but watched from Erie's dugout as Simons induced an inning-ending, double-play grounder to Carrithers at second.

"You can already see what he's capable of doing with that breaking ball," SeaWolves pitching coach Ray Burris said. "The pitches he was hurt on (Sunday) were the ones that got up (in the strike zone). With his curve, he's got to keep the ball down to be effective. He was able to do that the majority of the game, except for that last inning."

Bertram's RBI single was the last of Erie's seven hits. However, that's not what made him prominent Sunday.

Normally a first baseman or designated hitter, Bertram made his first start as an outfielder in five minor league seasons. As the SeaWolves left fielder, his first chance was a running catch of Arnal's sacrifice fly on the left-center field warning track.

Bertram also snared Mills' hard liner for the first out in the Aeros' seventh, the inning they loaded the bases off Furbush.

"This is actually a good thing for me," said Bertram, who was told by manager Phil Nevin that future outfield starts are possible. "This will help keep me in the lineup every day, and it was actually really fun. I had a couple tough plays out there, but I was able to make them."


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SeaWolves beat Akron, head into All-Star break



The Gemini, Magnum and Top Thrill Dragster are roller coasters that await Justin Henry and his wife when they visit Cedar Point during the Eastern League's all-star break.


Monday's game against Akron didn't provide the same kind of thrills he's likely to experience at the amusement park. But it was a fun ride in its own way.

Henry had two hits and scored a run for the SeaWolves in their 4-2 victory before a Buck Night crowd of 4,762 at Jerry Uht Park. He also made a diving catch in short center that helped quash a potential ninth-inning rally by the Aeros.

The SeaWolves (38-53) closed their eight-game home stand with their second straight win over Akron (45-45). Erie finished that stint with a 6-2 mark after going 0-12 at the Uht for all of June.

"We've been playing better since I've been back here," said Henry, who returned to Erie on July 6 after a two-week promotion to Triple-A Toledo. "We had the (four-game) sweep of Bowie and then came back to win the last two against (Akron) after losing the first two. It's good to go into the break feeling good about yourself."

Henry wasn't the only boost to the SeaWolves' self-esteem. Thad Weber and Rawley Bishop also provided happy vibes.

Weber (6-9) won his second game of the home stand and matched his longest outing of the season with eight innings. The right-hander goes into the break as the league leader in innings pitched with 119.

Weber had a shutout going until Akron's Matt McBride crushed a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the eighth. He retired Aeros slugger Beau Mills on a grounder before departing for closer Lester Oliveros.

Bishop was the reason Erie never trailed despite McBride's blast.

That's because the first baseman hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the third off Akron starter Eric Berger (4-5).

All-Star outfielder Andy Dirks set up Bishop's blast with a leadoff single. Dirks' hit, his 100th this season, tied him with New Hampshire catalyst Darin Mastroianni as the league leaders going into the break.

Berger then walked Henry, who advanced with Dirks on Audy Ciriaco's slow grounder to short. Bishop fouled off several pitches from the Akron right-hander before he went down and launched a low breaking ball over the Uht's left-center field fence.

"I'm starting to make little adjustments at the plate," said Bishop, whose homer was his third since a June 20 call-up from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.). "That was a decent pitch (on the homer), so it's a good sign that maybe those adjustments are paying off."

The Aeros looked like they would answer Bishop's blast in the fourth.

Carlos Rivero slammed a two-out pitch from Weber to left-center that was initially ruled a home run, even as Rivero slid into second. Erie manager Phil Nevin argued the ball's sharp carom back onto the field meant it had to be a double.

"I'm not sure where it hit," Nevin said. "I just know it didn't go out. You want (the umpires) to get the call right."

Home plate umpire Doug Vines and his crew finally agreed and changed the call. However, then they incurred the wrath of Akron manager Joel Skinner by only awarding Rivero a single instead of a double.

Skinner was ejected for arguing that decision, not that Rivero's drive cleared the fence.

"The (umpires) got that part right," a sly Henry said of the no-home run call. "I guess that's all that matters."

Henry and Bishop accounted for five of Erie's eight hits. Andy Bouchie didn't provide any, but did drive in the SeaWolves' fourth run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

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SeaWolves endured wildly inconsistent first half



Some say it derived from Casey Stengel's tenure as manager of drab Brooklyn Dodgers teams in the mid-1930s.

Others attribute it to the "Old Perfessor's" season in purgatory with the 1962 New York Mets, a first-year franchise that infamously lost 120 times.

Whatever the season, the joke was that Stengel stopped by his neighborhood barbershop one day. The barber asked his standard question: "Shave or a haircut, Casey?"

Stengel pondered for a second or two.

"A shave, please," he said. "But try not to cut my throat. I may want to do it later myself."

The first half of the 2010 Eastern League season was nowhere near that comically bleak for Erie SeaWolves manager Phil Nevin.

But given the team's maddening streaks of inconsistency, you get the idea.

Erie went into the league's all-star break with a 38-53 record, last in the Western Division.

Only the Eastern Division's New Britain Rock Cats (26-65) are worse.

Most baseball teams experience ebbs and flows in a season. But for the appropriately nicknamed SeaWolves, their first half was like riding out waves of a tropical storm.

For its franchise-record 0-8 start to the season, Erie countered with four-game and six-game winning streaks.

The SeaWolves persevered and led the division May 19. Their perch, though, lasted mere hours thanks to an immediate seven-game losing streak.

That skid included a four-game sweep by Altoona at Jerry Uht Park. Success at home, or a lack of it, is another reason for Erie's last-place standing.

When the SeaWolves beat Harrisburg on Memorial Day, little did the Uht Park faithful realize the team wouldn't win there again until July 5, the day after the summer's next major holiday.

Erie's 0-12 home record for June means the team has found more prosperity as a visitor (20 wins) than as a host (18).

It's also an unofficial reason Erieleads the league in statistical contradictions.

The SeaWolves are second with 94 home runs but last in batting average (.238) and first in strikeouts (753).

For all the runs they've aggressively created with 90 stolen bases, they've given back with a league-high 103 errors.

Mind you, the SeaWolves haven't been void of talent. Sunday saw former players such as outfielder Wilkin Ramirez compete in the XM Futures Game and pitcher Andy Oliver start for the parent Detroit Tigers.

Also, a poor team likely wouldn't compete in 16 games decided by two runs and 25 by one run.

That latter category, though, is likely the reason why Erie must make up 10 games on second-place Bowie (48-43) to at least claim the division's postseason wild-card berth.

The SeaWolves' record in one-run games: 6-19.

The club was shaken up with the June resignations of hitting coach Glenn Adams and that of Glenn Ezell, Detroit's minor league coordinator. Ezell was instrumental in helping Nevin, 39, get Erie's managerial position with only one season of experience, and that in an independent league.

If there was a constant to the SeaWolves' first half, it was Nevin's ability, at least publicly, to maintain a positive outlook.

Develop and advance talent, yes. That's why farm systems exist.

But Nevin, the top pick in the 1992 amateur draft, is convinced the team can be more than a spoiler over the final two months.

"We have a number in mind," Nevin said Monday, "and I've been around baseball long enough to know that stranger things have happened."

And that's no joke.

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Erie SeaWolves open second half with loss to Akron Aeros

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AKRON, Ohio -- The unofficial second half to the Eastern League season started for the Erie SeaWolves like many of the other games in the first half.


A loss.

Erie fell to 38-54 after Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Akron Aeros in front of 2,774 at Canal Park.

It didn't take long for Akron to score.

Asdrubal Cabrera, who is with the Aeros on a rehab assignment from the Cleveland Indians, led off the bottom of the first inning with a double down the left-field line.

He scored on a Lonnie Chisenhall single past a diving Alden Carrithers.

Akron scored another run in the second inning before Erie scored its only run against Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz.

Andy Bouchie led off the third inning with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Henry.

The Aeros scored two runs in the fifth inning, and added a run each in the seventh and eighth.

Anthony Shawler (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out three.

De La Cruz (2-5) gave up one run and four hits in six innings for Akron (46-45). Three other relievers held the SeaWolves hitless over the last three innings.

Matt McBride hit his 14th home run of the season for Akron.

The SeaWolves have had their share of bad luck this season. They opened the season 0-8, have had an 11-game losing streak and went 0-12 at home in June.

The second game of the four-game series begins tonight at 7:05. SeaWolves right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown (7-5, 3.77 ERA) will meet Aeros RHP Paolo Espino (8-3, 4.02).

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SeaWolves remain winless at Akron after 8-2 loss

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AKRON, Ohio -- The Erie SeaWolves' season-long drought at Canal Park continued Friday night as the 'Wolves lost to the Aeros for the fifth time in as many games, this time by an 8-1 score.

Akron starter Paolo Espino (9-3) had little trouble taming the SeaWolves' lineup, limiting the visitors to just three hits over six innings.

By that time, the Aeros had built a 5-0 lead and added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Erie, which scored just seven runs in its first four games at Canal Park this year, finally broke through in the ninth inning against Aeros' reliever Steven Wright when Cale Iorg doubled with one out and Audy Ciriaco singled him home.

But that was the lone offensive bright spot for the SeaWolves, who finished with just five hits in falling to 38-55 on the season.

Espino has been particularly tough against Erie this year, going 4-0 in four appearances.

Erie starter Brooks Brown came in on a roll, not allowing a run in his previous 15 innings. But the Aeros jumped on him for two runs in the second, one coming on a wild pitch, and continued to add on as the game unfolded. Brown lasted just 42/3 innings, giving up five earned runs, five hits and four walks while striking out three in falling to 7-6.

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Erie SeaWolves come up empty against Akron Aeros

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AKRON, Ohio -- Miguel Perez's RBI single capped a three-run seventh-inning rally that powered the Akron Aeros to their third straight win over the Erie SeaWolves, 6-5, Saturday night at Canal Park.

The loss was the sixth in six games at Akron for the last-place SeaWolves, who dropped to 38-56 and now trail first-place Altoona by 191/2 games in the Eastern League's Western Division heading into today's 1:35 p.m. series finale.

Erie struck for three runs in the fifth inning and led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth when things started to fall apart.

Jerad Head pulled the Aeros one run closer in the sixth on a solo homer, and Akron went ahead for keeps an inning later.

Erie starter Charlie Furbush yielded a leadoff double in the seventh to Jason Kipnis, who promptly came around to score on Lonnie Chisenhall's ground-rule double, making it 5-4.

With one out, reliever Zach Simons surrendered a game-tying RBI single to Beau Mills, and Mills later scored on Perez's base hit, giving the Aeros a 6-5 lead.

The SeaWolves put a runner on base in each of the last two innings but came up empty both times.

In the eighth, Cale Iorg singled with one out but was picked off first.

In the ninth, Cesar Nicolas had a one-out single but pinch-runner Deik Scram could not advance as Michael Bertram grounded out and Kody Kaiser struck out to end the game.

The SeaWolves took a 3-0 lead against Akron starter Eric Berger in the fifth inning, as Rawley Bishop led off with a double and Nicolas followed with a bunt single. A passed ball allowed Bishop to score and Bertram followed with a single that scored Nicolas. Andy Dirks then singled home the third run.

After Akron answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, Erie widened its lead to 5-2 in the sixth on Nicolas' two-run homer, his seventh of the season.

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Aeros rout SeaWolves again

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AKRON, Ohio -- The Erie SeaWolves' road struggles against Akron continued on Sunday as they fell to the Aeros 11-2.

Akron (49-45) scored 11 unanswered runs to clinch the series sweep of the SeaWolves, who are winless in seven attempts at Canal Park this season.

Jerad Head went 4-for-5 and scored four runs to lead the Akron attack which mounted 19 hits in the game and struck for 10 runs over the final three innings.

The SeaWolves (38-57) opened the scoring when Michael Bertram hit a double to score Rawley Bishop in the top of the second inning. Four batters later, Justin Henry's single allowed Bertram to score and gave the SeaWolves a 2-0 lead.

Akron wasted no time in cutting into that lead as Head scored on a sacrifice fly from Carlos Rivero in the bottom of the second.

The SeaWolves held that lead until the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Jason Kipnis and Head hit back-to-back singles. Beau Mills then doubled to score Kipnis and Head moved to third. Akron then took control of the game after a pitching change by the SeaWolves that saw Josh Rainwater come on in relief for Thad Weber (6-10). Rainwater walked Rivero to load the bases before surrendering a two-run single to Damaso Espino. Rivero then scored from third on a wild pitch to extend the Aeros lead to 5-2.

Akron added three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to secure the win.

The SeaWolves were held to just five hits. Scott Barnes earned his fifth win of the season for the Aeros as he allowed two earned runs and three hits while striking out four in six innings. Chen Lee and Shane Lindsay combined to allow two hits in relief for Akron.

The 'Wolves will be back in action tonight as they host the Reading Phillies at 7:05 at Jerry Uht Park. Duane Below (3-8, , 4.76 ERA) is scheduled to start for Erie, while Yohan Flande (6-6, 4.14) will pitch for Reading

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SeaWolves lose fifth in a row since break



So far, the second half of the Erie SeaWolves' season bears a dreadful resemblance to their first half.

Namely, they're in the midst of another lengthy losing streak.

The SeaWolves, who began this season with a franchise-record 0-8 start, lost Monday for the fifth straight time since last week's Eastern League All-Star break. The Reading Phillies extended Erie's current misery with a 6-1 victory before a Buck Night crowd of 4,940 at Jerry Uht Park.

It was the first game this season between the former division foes. Reading, now in the Eastern League's Eastern Division, moved to 46-48 and the Western Division SeaWolves to 38-58.

The Phillies doubled the SeaWolves in the hit category at 12-6. Erie's total matched its average per game over its current skid.

"We had a couple innings where we had guys out there, but our six hits were kind of scattered," SeaWolves manager Phil Nevin said. "We had two innings where we got a couple guys on, but that was the game. No big hits."

Not so Reading, which had batters stride to the plate in bases-loaded situations four times over the first seven innings. The visitors took advantage in two of them for two-run rallies.

The Phillies never trailed after the top of the third, when they scored twice with two outs.

Kevin Nelson, Rich Thompson and Harold Garcia each singled off Erie starter Duane Below (3-9). Nelson and Thompson then scored when Erie second baseman Justin Henry erred on Michael Spidale's grounder near second.

Henry appeared to look up at the bag as he attempted to force out Garcia.

Erie cut the margin in half in the bottom of the fourth when Cale Iorg scored on Cesar Nicolas' double down the left-field line. Iorg was aided when the ball took a sharp bounce off the grandstand rail and away from Spidale in left.

But like the third, Reading got that run back with two outs in the fifth. Three straight singles, the last by Cody Overbeck, nudged the Phillies' lead back to two.

Reading made it 5-1 in the seventh thanks to RBIs from Nelson and Thompson. The latter drove in his second run on a groundout in the ninth.

Below allowed nine hits but only one earned run over five innings. However, it was reliever Cory Hamilton's inability to find the strike zone that significantly aided the Phillies.

Hamilton walked six batters over the sixth and seventh innings. Four of those walks were in the seventh, when Reading also had singles from Kevin Mahar and Nelson.

Nevin said Hamilton appeared too loose on the mound, rather than too tight.

"I asked (catcher Andy) Bouchie, and he said (Cory's) pitches were moving everywhere," Nevin said. "Sometimes, when you've got that kind of movement, it can be hard to locate."

Yohan Flande's problems were nowhere as severe.

Flande (7-6) departed after 61/3 innings. The left-hander allowed four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Nicolas' double was one of those hits off Flande. The veteran, who returned to the SeaWolves lineup Saturday, played his first game at Uht Park since a June 12 rib cage injury sidelined him for more than a month.

"It's definitely good to be able to help the team again," said Nicolas, who also walked Monday. "I put in a lot of work in that time off with (trainer Chris McDonald) to try to get healthy. There was enough time off where I was extremely hungry to get back out there."

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