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Rock Cats come to Uht for lone series

ShareThe Erie SeaWolves bring a four-game winning streak into their six-game home stand, which starts Tuesday.

Erie (49-66) hosts New Britain for the first three games. It’s the only appearance for the Rock Cats, at 34-81 the Eastern League’s worst team, at Jerry Uht Park this season.

The SeaWolves had Monday off after sweeping three games at Reading over the weekend. They seek to win five straight since a six-game streak in late April.

All three games have scheduled first pitches of 7:05 p.m. The probable starters are: New Britain RH Bobby Lanigan (2-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Erie RH Thad Weber (7-12, 4.36 ERA) on Tuesday; LH Tyler Robertson (2-11, 5.12) vs. RH Anthony Shawler (3-2, 4.48) on Wednesday; and RH Chris Province (5-4, 4.88) vs. RH Brooks Brown (10-7, 3.85) on Thursday

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SeaWolves open homestand on 4-game winning streak

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The Erie SeaWolves look to continue their latest winning streak when the team opens up a six-game homestand at Jerry Uht Park beginning tonight with the first of three games against New Britain.

Erie has won four in a row, including a three-game sweep of the Reading Phillies. The 'Wolves have scored 27 runs during the streak and would like to continue the offensive output.

Erie third baseman Bryan Pounds brings an 11-game hitting streak into the game tonight after homering in the finale against Reading on Sunday.

After the three-game set against the Rock Cats, Erie will host Bowie for a three-game series beginning Friday.

The last time the SeaWolves played New Britain (34-81), Erie lost two of three before winning the last game of the series to kick-start the current win streak. The Rock Cats enter this series after dropping two of three to Akron.

Erie (49-66) hasn't faced Bowie since sweeping the Baysox in a four-game series at Uht Park in early July.

Today's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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Second-time dad second to none vs. Rock Cats

ShareFive days after he became a father for the second time, Thad Weber had another reason to celebrate.

So did his teammates with the Erie SeaWolves.

Weber came within an out of a complete-game shutout against the New Britain Rock Cats on Tuesday. The right-hander gladly settled for a five-hitter in Erie’s 7-1 final at Jerry Uht Park.

The SeaWolves (50-66) won their fifth straight in the opener of a six-game home stand. Erie’s best streak this season was a six-game binge between April 23 and 29.

Weber (8-12) walked two and struck out eight in his first start since his wife Megan gave birth to a son, Gehrig Weber, last Friday. New Britain (34-82) only managed four singles off the right-hander until Evan Bigley homered with two outs in the top of the ninth.

The complete game also increased Weber’s Eastern League lead for innings pitched to 153 1/3.

Erie finished with 13 hits, highlighted by Bryan Pounds’ 3-for-3 performance. Pounds extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single that gave the SeaWolves a 3-0 lead.

Kody Kaiser and Cale Iorg also hit solo homers for Erie. Iorg’s ninth made him the team’s active leader.

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Erie SeaWolves rally in 8th inning for 6th straight win

By MIKE COPPER

mike.copper@timesnews.com

He encouraged teammates at the plate. He patted them on the shoulder when they reached. He even accepted their batting gloves when necessary.

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That's how Erie SeaWolves outfielder Brandon Jones spent Wednesday's game as their designated first-base coach.

Then came the bottom of the eighth inning, when he went from spectator to spectacular.

Jones, who pinch-hit for catcher Andy Bouchie, bounced a game-winning, two-run double down the right-field line off New Britain reliever Carlos Gutierrez. Jones, a former major leaguer, capped a three-run rally for the SeaWolves, who won their sixth straight, beating the Rock Cats 7-6 before 2,667 at Jerry Uht Park.

The SeaWolves (51-66) matched their season-high, six-game winning streak they accomplished between April 23-29.

"I've come here in a pretty good situation," said Jones, who played for Altoona before the Tigers acquired him from the Pirates' organization last week.

New Britain (34-83) led by two runs in the eighth when Erie began its decisive rally.

Kody Kaiser, Rawley Bishop and Billy Nowlin each singled off Gutierrez (3-8). The last by Nowlin scored Kaiser and pulled the SeaWolves within 6-5.

Bryan Pounds then advanced Bishop and Nowlin with a sacrifice. The third baseman bunted even though he's hitting over .400 for a hitting streak he extended to 13 in his previous at-bat.

After Deik Scram was intentionally walked to load the bases, Erie manager Phil Nevin pulled Jones from his coaching duties to hit for Bouchie. The former Atlanta Braves prospect responded with a sharp bouncer past New Britain first baseman Chris Parmelee that scored Bishop and Nowlin for the tying and go-ahead runs.

"Just try to stay calm and get a good pitch to hit," Jones said of batting in that situation. "Really, it's what every hitter tries to do."

The rally was Erie's second of the game. New Britain took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third off Anthony Shawler, but the SeaWolves immediately answered that same inning with Brandon Douglas' two-run double and Bishop's sacrifice fly.

The Rock Cats regained their three-run lead with a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Mark Dolenc contributed a solo home run off Shawler in that span.

Erie got one back in the sixth when Bishop struck out, but reached on the wild pitch by New Britain starter Tyler Robertson. Bishop moved to second on a fielder's choice, and then scored when Pounds extended his hitting streak with an opposite-field bloop single to right.

The SeaWolves recorded their victorious rally two innings later. Closer Lester Oliveros made it stick with his sixth save, and also made a winner of reliever Cory Hamilton (3-1).

"We've just played good baseball," Nevin said matter-of-factly about Erie's current win streak. "The guys have shown a lot of character, especially in a game like (Wednesday) that was a good one."

Shawn Roof started at shortstop for Cale Iorg, whose wife Kristen gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday

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Erie SeaWolves extend winning streak to seven games

By MIKE COPPER

mike.copper@timesnews.com

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Erie SeaWolves baserunner Rawley Bishop, right, rounds third base and is congratulated by team manager Phil Nevin after Bishop hit a three-run home run in the third inning of the SeaWolves' game against New Britain at Jerry Uht Park, in Erie, on August 12.

Too little, too late? Probably.

But the Eastern League's external circumstances meant little inside the Erie SeaWolves clubhouse Thursday night. Not after the team's season-high seventh straight victory.

The SeaWolves swept consecutive series for the first time this season courtesy of their 6-1 victory over New Britain before 2,778 at Jerry Uht Park.

They haven't lost since the second game of last week's series against the Rock Cats in Connecticut.

Erie takes a 52-66 mark into its three-game weekend series against the visiting Bowie Baysox. The hottest team in the league looks to play spoiler against the Baysox, who are second to Altoona in the league's Western Division standings.

New Britain departed Uht Park at a numbing 34-84, the worst record in Double-A baseball.

Before their current binge, the SeaWolves also recorded a six-game winning streak between April 23- 29.

However, many of the team's current players were still with Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) when that one occurred.

Rawley Bishop was among those with the Flying Tigers in the spring. The first baseman reveled over Erie's current fortune after Thursday's outcome.

"Any winning streak like this one is a good thing," Bishop said. "It becomes fun to come to the park and play every day."

Bishop brought joy to the SeaWolves in the bottom of the third.

The teams were tied 1-all when he rifled an offering from New Britain starter Chris Province that caromed off Tullio Arena's lower façade in left.

Alden Carrithers, who doubled to lead off the third, and Brandon Jones scored on Bishop's seventh homer of the season.

Province (5-5) departed in the midst of Erie's fifth-inning rally that made it 5-1. Brandon Douglas led off with a double and easily scored from third when Rock Cats shortstop Estarlin De Los Santos made his second fielding error of the game on a potential double-play grounder.

Carrithers and Douglas combined for three of the SeaWolves' eight hits. Like Bishop, they were former Lakeland players who now comprise the core of Erie's starting lineup.

"We had a good team at Lakeland," Bishop said, "so for everyone who was (promoted to Erie), it's actually like it was for us at the beginning of this season. It's heaven for us right now."

The SeaWolves also made a winner of Brooks Brown (11-7) for his third straight start. The right-hander allowed all seven of New Britain's hits over 62/3 innings, but he still retired seven straight Rock Cats during one stretch and benefited from two of Erie's three double plays.

Brown, who pitched a complete-game shutout Aug. 5 at Reading, was on a shorter pitch count than usual against the Rock Cats. Erie manager Phil Nevin said that was a game- day decision and not a team-mandated precaution.

"It was just something (pitching coach Ray Burris) and I talked about," Nevin said. "You could see Brooksie fatigue a little bit in the sixth. He was fatigued in the complete game (at Reading), but there he reached back and found pitches when he needed them."

Maybe the only downside to Erie's night was the end of Bryan Pounds' hitting streak at 13 games. The third baseman went 0-for-3, although he still walked and scored the SeaWolves' final run in the eighth.

Shawn Roof also was hitless with a walk for the SeaWolves. Roof started his second straight game at shortstop for Cale Iorg, whose wife gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday.

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SeaWolves beat Baysox, win 8th straight game

By MIKE COPPER

mike.copper@timesnews.com

The Erie SeaWolves aren't in an Eastern League playoff chase, but that didn't stop Friday night's game at Jerry Uht Park from feeling like one.

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The SeaWolves extended their season-high winning streak to eight games with a 10-9 victory over the Bowie Baysox. Pinch-hitter Billy Nowlin forced in Brandon Douglas for the winning run with a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.

It was an anticlimactic finish to an otherwise wild game, one in which a crowd of 4,756 saw Erie (53-66) produce fireworks during and after the game.

The SeaWolves rallied from five- and three-run deficits before they took their only lead when Nowlin walked against Baysox reliever Chad Thall.

Bowie, a postseason contender in the league's Western Division, dropped to 63-55 with its fourth straight loss. The visitors began the night a game up on Harrisburg for second place and the division's wild-card berth.

The Baysox found themselves in their current funk after Brandon Cooney (2-2) struck out Cale Iorg to lead off the bottom of the 10th, but surrendered Douglas' bouncing double to left. Bowie manager Brad Komminsk called for the right-hander to intentionally walk Brandon Jones, but Cooney was pulled after he also walked Rawley Bishop to load the bases.

Bishop accounted for four of the game's 27 hits.

The right-handed Nowlin pinch-hit for Deik Scram, even though Erie's left fielder had three hits to that point. Nowlin never took the bat off his shoulder for his game-winning RBI off Thall, who walked him on five pitches.

"It's another team win," SeaWolves manager Phil Nevin said, "and I think I've said that for the last four or five days."

Bowie lost despite home runs by Ryan Adams, Caleb Joseph and Tyler Henson over the first five innings. Those homers helped the Baysox build a 6-1 lead going to the bottom of the fifth.

That's when the SeaWolves rallied to within a run. They loaded the bases with two singles and a walk, which were followed by consecutive two-run doubles by Bishop and Deik Scram that chased Baysox starter Chorye Spoone.

Bowie got out of the jam when Kody Kaiser lined out to Henson in left-center and Scram was doubled off second.

Erie did tie it at 6-all in the bottom of the sixth. Jeff Kunkel reached on a one-out single and later scored from third on a wild pitch from Bowie's Raul Rivero.

The Baysox took a 9-6 lead in their half of the seventh, only to watch Erie answer again. Bryan Pounds drove in Bishop with a double, and then scored with Kaiser on Kunkel's single to right.

SeaWolves reliever Cory Hamilton settled down after the seventh and kept Bowie off the board through regulation. Lester Oliveros (1-1) then received his first Double-A victory with a scoreless 10th.

Besides Bishop's four hits and Scram's three, Alden Carrithers, Douglas and Kunkel each accounted for two.

"Bishop had a great night. Scrammie had a great night," Nevin said. "I can go up and down the lineup with this one."

Iorg also singled and scored in the fifth. It was the shortstop's first game back with Erie since his wife gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday.

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Erie SeaWolves' winning streak ends at 8 games

By MIKE COPPER

mike.copper@timesnews.com

The Erie SeaWolves' nine lives expired before they could get their ninth straight victory.

Bowie saw to that with Saturday's 10-4 victory before 5,049 at Jerry Uht Park. Baysox sluggers Joel Guzman and Joe Mahoney capped the winners' offense with consecutive home runs in the top of the eighth inning.

Guzman's two-run shot off SeaWolves reliever Robert Waite increased his Eastern League lead to 27.

Erie (53-67) lost for the first time since Aug. 4 at New Britain. Had the SeaWolves won, it would have been the franchise's first nine-game streak since May 17-24, 2006, a stretch that included two double- header sweeps.

The Baysox (64-55) ended a run that saw them lose four straight and five of their past six. They remained one game ahead of Harrisburg for second place and the wild-card playoff berth in the Western Division.

"To be honest, that score could have been a lot worse," Erie manager Phil Nevin said of Bowie's win, which also ended a five-game losing streak to the SeaWolves. "They left a lot of runners (on base) out there. They left nine, but a lot of them were on second and third."

Erie led early when Rawley Bishop resumed a torrid pace with his 10th hit since the team's home stand began Tuesday.

The first baseman led off the bottom of the second with a double off the left-field wall.

Bishop scored when Billy Nowlin followed with a single to center against Bowie right-hander Eddie Gamboa (5-4).

The Baysox countered in the top of the third. Their first five batters reached off Duane Below, which included RBI singles for Xavier Avery and Ryan Adams.

Mahoney ended the rally with another RBI single that scored Avery.

Bowie's Greg Miclat and Carlos Rojas, as they did in the third, reached against Below to begin the fourth. Both scored to make it 5-1 when Adams singled to center.

Below (4-12) was chased in the fifth when Steve Lerud lined an opposite-field home run onto the left-field pavilion walkway for a five-run Bowie cushion.

The Baysox extended their advantage to 7-1 when Erie got three back on another big hit for Bishop. He followed singles by Brandon Douglas and Brandon Jones with a towering blast to left-center.

Bishop is 11-for-19 since Tuesday. He's recorded at least two hits in four of his past five games.

"Rawley's very capable of doing these things," Nevin said of Bishop. "I've loved the way he's swung the bat since he got here (June 20). Even when he did struggle for a bit, he was still doing things right at the plate."

Erie, though, came no closer to the lead after Bishop's eighth homer of the season.

Greg Miclat, Adams and Guzman each had three hits in Bowie's 15-hit attack. Douglas, Jones and Bishop recorded two apiece for the SeaWolves.

Below allowed nine hits and six runs in 42/3 innings.

"His last start was outstanding," catcher Andy Bouchie said of Below. "(Saturday), he had to deal with a couple of miscues, including one of my own."

Bouchie was miffed his passed ball aided Bowie's three-run rally in the top of the third.

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Erie SeaWolves win in bottom of 10th inning

By MIKE COPPER

mike.copper@timesnews.com

In chess, bishops can be used to protect the king.

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Not so for baseball's Erie SeaWolves. Their Bishop was the king over a six-game home stand that ended Sunday.

Rawley Bishop concluded one of the great sustained offensive streaks in Jerry Uht Park history. The first baseman recorded his 13th hit and 13th RBI of the stand with a game-winning single against Bowie in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Brandon Douglas scored the decisive run for the SeaWolves, whose 3-2 win came before a matinee crowd of 2,141. Erie upped its season mark to 54-67, which includes victories in nine of its past 10 games.

Bishop, 24, was a considerable presence over that span, even in the lone game that Erie lost. The Spring Hill, Tenn., native had a .375 batting average in those 10 games.

Since Tuesday, when the 'Wolves started their home stand, Bishop hit .565 (13-for-23), drove in 13 runs and scored 10 times. Against the Baysox on Sunday, Bishop accounted for all three of the SeaWolves' runs.

"Really, I don't know if (pitchers) are making mistakes," he said of his hitting binge. "I'm just up there trying to grind out every at-bat. Fortunately, I'm coming out on top right now."

The SeaWolves finally came out on top in the 10th.

Tied at 2-all, Douglas ground a single to left on the first pitch from Bowie reliever Raul Rivero (1-2). Kody Kaiser then laid down a sacrifice bunt that third baseman Ryan Adams fielded.

However, the Baysox left third base exposed when catcher Steve Lerud was slow to cover. Douglas took advantage of the open bag, even though he was already in scoring position and Bishop was due up next.

"That's something you have to read when the bunt gets laid down," Douglas said when asked if his decision derived from Erie's scouting reports. "I took a peek over my shoulder from second and saw their third baseman and catcher together (along the third-base line). I think they kind of ran into each other, so at that point I figured no one was going to be at third."

It was debatable if Douglas would have scored from second because Bishop's liner was hit so sharp to Bowie left fielder Tyler Henson.

There were no such what-ifs from third, however, as Douglas ran one way and the ball sailed the other.

The SeaWolves also beat the Baysox in 10 innings last Friday. Three of their four extra-inning victories this season have come against second-place Bowie, which dropped to 64-56 in the Eastern League's Western Division standings.

The Baysox's final season record of 8-15 against Erie could hinder their postseason chances. They began the day one game up on Harrisburg for the wild card berth in the division's playoff chase.

Erie's Luis Marte (2-2) received the victory with 31/3 innings of relief. Starter Thad Weber went the first 62/3, which increased his league lead for innings pitched to an even 160.

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Bishop fans not limited to Uht Park stands

ShareThe Jerry Uht Park faithful weren’t the only lot that appreciated what Erie SeaWolves first baseman Rawley Bishop accomplished over the team’s six-game home stand.

“I’m sitting in the dugout actively watching him,” Erie second baseman Brandon Douglas said of Bishop. “Of course, he’s your teammate but it’s almost like being a fan right now with him. You want to see what he’s doing.

“He’s going off,” Bishop said, “and it’s been awesome to watch.”

During Erie’s 5-1 stand, Bishop went 13-for-23, a .565 batting average, with 13 RBIs. He appropriately ended it Sunday with a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave the SeaWolves a 3-2 victory over Bowie.

Bishop accounted for all three of Erie’s runs against the Baysox. That included his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the second.

Cale Iorg and Bishop are now tied as the team’s active leaders in that category.

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Bishop was vital to Sunday’s unusual scoring symmetry between the SeaWolves and Baysox until he broke the pattern in the 10th.

The teams were tied at 2-all after seven innings. Each scored their first run on a solo homer, Bishop for Erie in the second and Bowie’s Steve Lerud in the fifth.

Each also scored their second runs thanks to bases-loaded walks.

Bishop forced in Alden Carrithers against Baysox starter Steve Johnson in the third. Bowie tied it in the seventh when Erie reliever Luis Marte walked Carlos Rojas and forced in Joe Mahoney.

It was the third blown save for Marte, who came in for SeaWolves starter Thad Weber. However, the right-hander remained in the game and picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings of two-hit, no-run ball.

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Although Marte’s walk to Rojas tied the game, Weber was responsible for the run that Mahoney scored. He surrendered Bowie’s two runs and three of their five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Weber did strike out a career-high 11 batters and also upped his innings count to an Eastern League-best 160. That figure nudged the Erie right-hander into 10th place on the team’s single-season list for that category.

Tim Kalita holds the franchise’s league record with an even 200 innings during the 2001 season. Weber’s next start could allow him to reach as high as No. 5 (Seth Etherton, 167 2/3 in 1999) on that chart.

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Monday will be Erie’s final day off, as well as all of the league, for the 2010 season. The SeaWolves (54-67) return to action Tuesday night, when they begin their only season series at Harrisburg (63-56).

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SeaWolves rally to beat Senators in 10th

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HARRISBURG -- The success of their homestand apparently followed the Erie SeaWolves on the road as they managed a 4-3 extra-inning victory over the Harrisburg Senators on Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 3,848 at Metro Bank Park.

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Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, the 'Wolves' luck changed when Senators reliever Cole Kimball threw a wild pitch that brought home Kody Kaiser, who had reached base on a walk. On the next at-bat, Erie's Bryan Pounds took advantage of a fielding error by Stephen Lombardozzi and crossed the plate for the tying run.

Second baseman Brandon Douglas started the winning rally in the 10th with a double. After Douglas advanced on a Brandon Jones ground out, Eastern League player of the week Rawley Bishop hit into a fielder's choice that brought Douglas home.

Tuesday's game was the first of a three-game series. The SeaWolves (55-67) went 5-1 on their recent homestand, and now have won 10 of their past 11 games.

The first half of the game saw almost no offensive action, with Erie starter Anthony Shawler keeping Harrisburg (63-58) scoreless on four hits through four innings.

Shawler went seven innings and allowed all three Harrisburg runs on six hits and struck out four.

Left-hander Jay Voss (2-3) got credit for the win after pitching only two-thirds of an inning.

Voss was promoted to Erie on Tuesday from Class-A Lakeland to replace Luis Marte, who went to Triple-A Toledo.

Marte had a 5.06 earned-run average and a 2-2 record in 48 innings for Erie.

In another roster move, catcher Andy Bouchie was moved to the temporary inactive list. Catcher Tyson Kendrick was transferred from Class-A Connecticut to replace him.

Harrisburg starter Brad Peacock shut out the SeaWolves and allowed just one hit in seven innings.

Michael Burgess provided half of Harrisburg's runs with two solo home runs.

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Erie SeaWolves routed by Harrisburg Senators

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HARRISBURG -- There was no late-inning victory for the Erie SeaWolves on Wednesday.

In fact, there was no victory of any kind mainly because of Tom Milone.

The Harrisburg Senators starter tamed one of the Eastern League's hottest teams with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a 10-1 victory before 4,135 at Metro Bank Park.

The loss left Erie at 55-68. The SeaWolves went into Wednesday's action with wins in 10 of their past 11 games.

Harrisburg improved to 64-58 in the league's Western Division. The Senators and Akron Aeros are battling Bowie for the division's postseason wild-card berth.

Milone became Harrisburg's first 10-game winner this season. The Senators left-hander (10-5) departed after he retired Erie's Alden Carrithers for his 13th strikeout with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Harrisburg never trailed after a pair of two-run home runs off Erie starter Brooks Brown (11-8). Chris Marrero hit the first one in the bottom of the first, and Tim Pahuta made it 4-0 with his blast in the fourth.

Marrero totaled four hits and four RBIs.

The Senators also saw a solo homer from Jesus Valdez, who went deep in the sixth off SeaWolves reliever Ramon Garcia.

Brandon Jones went 3-for-4 and had Erie's lone RBI. The outfielder drove in Carrithers with a fifth-inning double.

Erie catcher Tyson Kendrick was hitless in four at-bats for his first career Double-A game. Kendrick was promoted from the Single-A Connecticut Tigers on Monday to fill in for Andy Bouchie, who was placed on the league's temporary inactive list in order to attend his grand- father's funeral.

The SeaWolves faced the Senators with only 23 active players. Infielder Shawn Roof was called up to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, with no immediate replacement made.

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Erie SeaWolves bounce back, beat Harrisburg Senators

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HARRISBURG -- The Erie SeaWolves got back on the winning track Thursday night, beating the Harrisburg Senators 5-3 to take two games in the three-game series.

The SeaWolves lost to the Senators 10-1 Wednesday.

Trailing 3-1 entering the fifth inning Thursday, the SeaWolves scored three times, added an insurance run in the eighth and held the Senators scoreless after the third inning.

Duane Below (5-12) got the win, pitching 51/3 innings and striking out five.

Lester Oliveros pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his eighth save.

In the decisive fifth, Andy Bouchie and Alden Carrithers singled in front of Cale Iorg, who then homered to left-center to drive in three runs.

In the eighth inning, Billy Nowlin doubled to drive in Brandon Jones with the extra run.

Rawley Bishop continued his hot hitting with three hits. Carrithers added two hits.

The SeaWolves improved to 56-68, while the Senators dropped to 64-59.

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SeaWolves win, thanks to Phillies' poor fielding

By MIKE COPPER

mike.copper@timesnews.com

The Erie SeaWolves got help from their newest players for the team's latest win.

Still, it was hard to ignore the Reading Phillies' contributions.

Disastrous contributions.

The SeaWolves won for the 12th time in their past 14 games with Friday night's 5-3 victory before 4,473 at Jerry Uht Park. The opener of the teams' three-game series saw Reading equal Erie's run total -- in errors.

The Phillies kept the game close despite five horrendous fielding miscues, with four of them bunched in the bottom of the fourth inning. Despite the errors, the SeaWolves (57-68) didn't clinch their latest win until Lester Oliveros struck out Reading's side in the ninth.

Erie maintained its late-season surge with help from catcher John Murrian, infielder Brent Wyatt and outfielder Matt Mansilla. Each made their Double-A debuts in Friday's game after they were called up from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.)

"It's been exciting, but at the same time I'm worn out," said Murrian, who doubled and scored twice. "I haven't slept more than an hour in the past two days. But it's exciting to get a call-up and be a step closer to your dream."

Murrian scored his first run in the fourth, when Reading totaled more errors (four) than Erie had hits (two).

The SeaWolves already led 2-1 on Bryan Pounds' two-run home run off Phillies starter Mike Cisco (3-9). They got their next two with generous help from Reading's porous fielding.

Phillies outfielder John Suomi recorded the first error when he misplayed Deik Scram's leadoff double off the left-center field wall. Shortstop Freddy Galvis botched two attempts that sandwiched another by second baseman Harold Garcia.

Pounds recorded the only RBI when he singled home Scram.

Erie also received what turned out to be vital insurance in the bottom of the sixth.

Reading's Timo Perez, who formerly roamed major league outfields for eight seasons, dropped Mansilla's opposite-field blooper deep down the right-field line. That allowed Murrian to score from first base for a 5-1 Erie lead.

The Phillies closed within two in the eighth when Perez and Tagg Bozied had RBI singles off SeaWolves starter Thad Weber. However, reliever Jose Ortega quashed that rally and Oliveros followed with his team-leading ninth save.

"We've got a lot of younger guys on the team right now," said Scram, who at age 26 has become an Erie veteran amid the former Lakeland prospects. "You want to make sure they're all on the right page (with the promotions), but we're all having fun and playing so well, it's nice not to worry about it."

Scram had two hits despite twisting his right ankle on a fifth-inning fly out. He remained in the game, but because of the injury and Alden Carrithers' third-inning ejection, was forced to switch from right field to center and then back to right.

Pounds accounted for three of Erie's nine hits. The third baseman, who also started the year in Single-A, couldn't have fathomed the mass exodus of Flying Tigers to northwestern Pennsylvania when the 2010 baseball season began.

"Especially when you're playing in Lakeland," he said. "It's a hard place to play and it's hot in (the Florida State League). But none of us ever would have dreamed (this many players) would have moved up by the end of this season."

Weber (9-12) is one of three players left with continuous service for the 2010 SeaWolves. The right-hander pitched 72/3 innings and increased his league lead in that category to 1672/3.

Erie's Brandon Douglas took over at shortstop for Cale Iorg, who was called up to Triple-A Toledo. Douglas reached on an error and a walk, but saw his hitting streak end at 10 games.

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Erie SeaWolves rained out at home for 2nd time this season

By MIKE COPPER

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The Erie SeaWolves' winning ways were slowed Saturday night. Not by Reading, but by the weather.

Steady showers began pelting Jerry Uht Park around 5 p.m. and never stopped. The game, scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m., was officially called after a 57-minute delay because of the forecast.

The postponement was only Erie's second at home this season. The SeaWolves (57-68) and Phillies (59-64) will play a doubleheader today, with the first seven-inning game scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Erie's Brayan Villarreal (0-2) is expected to start the opener. The right-hander was supposed to oppose Reading's Drew Naylor on Saturday.

Manager Phil Nevin said the SeaWolves would go the bullpen-by-committee route for the second game, with right-hander Jose Ortega throwing the first pitch. Ortega takes a 1-0 record and a 3.71 earned-run average into his first career Double-A start.

"(Anthony) Shawler also could come out of the bullpen," Nevin said of Sunday's original starter.

Not expected to appear in either game is Deik Scram. The outfielder twisted his right ankle running out a fly out in the fifth inning of Friday's 5-3 victory over Reading.

Scram stayed in that game, but his ankle swelled enough that Nevin left him off Saturday's starting lineup.

"Deik's pretty sore," he said. "He'll probably be a day or two."

Today will be Erie's second doubleheader at Uht Park in 2010. Altoona swept the SeaWolves when they played twice on May 22.

- Bryan Pounds has two inside theories for the SeaWolves' improved play this month.

The first is camaraderie. Pounds cited the influx of players from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) to Double-A Erie, which improved to 12-5 for August with Friday's 5-3 victory over Reading at Jerry Uht Park.

Most of the current SeaWolves are familiar with each other since they began the 2010 baseball season as Flying Tigers in the Florida State League.

The second is something that was known only within Erie's clubhouse, at least until Pounds confessed it after Friday's win.

"We're jamming Journey on the radio," the third baseman said. "It's been working, so that's what we're going to stick with."

Classic rock superstitions aside, Erie goes into today's doubleheader against Reading on a 12-2 run. That stretch includes four straight victories vs. the Phillies.

- Erie's John Murrian doubled and scored twice in his Double-A debut Friday. The former Lakeland catcher was joined by infielder-outfielder Brent Wyatt and outfielder Matt Mansilla en route to Erie.

However, Murrian's stay with the SeaWolves could be longer than the other two.

Nevin said after Friday's game that catcher Jeff Kunkel could be out for the rest of the season. Kunkel was placed on the seven-day disabled list Thursday with a right knee injury originally suffered during Erie's previous home stand.

"He's one of our top catching prospects," Nevin said of the 22-year old Murrian. "He'll get the bulk of the innings behind the plate."

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Erie SeaWolves earn split, take series from Reading Phillies

By JOHN DUDLEY

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Pitcher Anthony Shawler was one of the first players promoted this season to Erie from Class A Lakeland back in May.

Since then, Shawler has watched a steady stream of former teammates join him mostly due to a second-half exodus that cleaned out much of the SeaWolves' roster.

They've found their stride, winning 13 of their past 16 games after Sunday's doubleheader split with Reading before a crowd of 2,077 at sticky Jerry Uht Park.

"This team we're playing with has kind of been the core group I've played with for three years," said Shawler (4-2), who worked three strong innings of relief to earn the victory in Erie's 3-2 win in Game 2. The R-Phils won the opener 4-2. "We've got a lot of camaraderie with each other and everybody knows each other and we're real good friends. It helps a lot and it lightens the mood."

One of the more recent additions, third baseman Bryan Pounds, delivered another big hit Sunday. Pounds' one-out, fourth-inning double skirted the right-field foul line and bounded off the wall into shallow left, allowing Rawley Bishop to score from first to snap a 2-2 tie in the second game. Shawler and reliever Lester Oliveros slammed the door with a scoreless fifth, sixth and seventh to send the Wolves to their fifth straight series win.

"When I hit it I turned my head to watch and see if he was going to make the play (at third) so I knew whether to round the bag," said Pounds, who blasted a two-run homer Friday and has 12 hits and eight RBIs in his past 12 games.

"I didn't know it kicked off (the wall) good when I came around, though, so that was just a fortunate kick to get the RBI," Pounds said.

The 'Wolves have been making their own luck lately, and a lot of it has come with the help of effective pitching.

Shawler had a hand in what turned into a big day for the pitching staff Sunday. Facing the prospect of 14 innings after Saturday's rainout, manager Phil Nevin had to use only five pitchers, and they surrendered only four earned runs. Just as important, they walked only two batters all day, and neither scored.

"It's always big to throw strikes and not walk guys because then you don't give them a chance to have a big inning without doing a lot of work," said Shawler, 23, a former Old Dominion star who has made 16 relief appearances along with nine starts this season. "Especially on a day like today where we have to play 14 innings and we're short-staffed."

At least mathematically, the 'Wolves (58-69) remain alive for a playoff spot. They trail second-place Bowie by nine games in the standings with 15 games to play, starting with a seven-game road trip to Altoona and Akron that begins today.

"I'm very proud of the way they've handled themselves," Nevin said. "They very easily could have just let this season go because of what our record was and where we are in the standings. But they've come out and played hard and they still believe there's a chance. That's pretty neat to see."

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SeaWolves kick off final road trip with loss

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ALTOONA -- The final road trip of the season for the Erie SeaWolves started off on a down note Monday in a 5-1 loss to the Western Division-leading Altoona Curve in front of 2,878 fans at Blair County Ballpark.

Erie starting pitcher Brooks Brown lasted just one inning, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks as his record fell to 11-9. That performance came on the heels of another tough outing in his last game when Brown allowed seven runs and 10 hits against Harrisburg in 41/3 innings of work.

Altoona added a run in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead and that held until the sixth, when the 'Wolves scored their only run.

Bryan Pounds tripled with two outs in the inning and John Murrian doubled to drive him home.

The 'Wolves' Brandon Douglas continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-5 and raising his average to .367. Douglas has hit safely in 18 of the 21 games he has played with Erie. Alden Carrithers also had three hits for the SeaWolves.

Newly acquired outfielder Kyle Peter, just called up from Class A Lakeland, went 0-for-4 in his debut with Erie. Peter's call-up was the 97th roster move the SeaWolves have made this season.

Jeff Locke got the win for Altoona, pitching 52/3 innings and giving up five hits and one run while striking out seven.

The SeaWolves out-hit the Curve 10-7 but could not capitalize on that advantage. Erie also committed two errors to increase its season total to a league-high 133.

The teams meet again at 7 p.m. today, with Duane Below (5-12, 5.12 earned-run average) set to start for Erie gainst Jared Hughes (12-7, 4.34).

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Curve rally past SeaWolves in 9th

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ALTOONA -- The formerly hot Erie SeaWolves dropped the second straight game of their final road series in a 6-5 loss to the Altoona Curve on Tuesday night in front of 3,348 at Blair County Ballpark.

SeaWolves closer Lester Oliveros had not allowed a run in eight consecutive appearances. However, Oliveros was uncharacteristically wild as he blew the save and took the loss while getting only two outs in the ninth inning.

The 'Wolves (58-71) led 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Oliveros loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsman. He balked to bring home the tying run.

Curve second baseman Jordy Mercer then ended the game with a sacrifice fly. Mercer went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for Eastern League Western Division-leading Altoona (76-52).

The Curve's rally put a damper on what had been a solid comeback by the 'Wolves. Erie trailed 3-1 but roared back to score four times in the eighth.

A bases-loaded Rawley Bishop double drove home Alden Carrithers and Brandon Douglas. After an Altoona pitching change later in the inning, Bryan Pounds hit an RBI single for the go-ahead run and catcher John Murrian tripled to score Pounds. Pounds went 3-for-4 and scored twice.

Erie starter Duane Below did not get a decision after allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over 51/3 innings.

In SeaWolves roster moves, which now total 100 on the season, Erie right-hander Thad Weber was called up to Toledo while Class-A Lakeland pitchers Adam Wilk and Erik Crichton will join the SeaWolves.

Weber had a record of 9-12, with a 4.08 earned-run average in a team-leading 1672/3 innings of work.

Wilk, who was 9-5 with a 3.01 ERA for Lakeland, is slated to start tonight against Altoona's Bryan Morris (6-4, 4.21) in the final game of the road series at 7:05 p.m.

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Erie SeaWolves beat Altoona Curve

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ALTOONA -- Adam Wilk's Double-A debut was one to remember.

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The new addition to the SeaWolves' staff pitched eight shutout innings and allowed one hit in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Altoona Curve, helping Erie avoid a road sweep in front of 5,023 at Blair County Ballpark.

The only hit allowed by the left-handed Wilk, who was called up from Single-A Lakeland on Tuesday to replace Thad Weber, was a fourth-inning single.

After that, Wilk retired 10 straight batters. He ended the night with a walk and three strikeouts.

Wilk was 9-5 with a 3.01 earned-run average for the Flying Tigers.

Left fielder Billy Nowlin had two of Erie's seven hits. Each line-drive single started run-scoring rallies. Nowlin scored in the second inning on an Alden Carrithers single. Nowlin scored again in the fourth on a double from Andy Bouchie.

SeaWolves closer Lester Oliveros picked up his 11th save, but not before allowing a walk and a run in the ninth inning.

Erie improved to 59-71, while the Curve dropped to 76-53. The Curve lead second-place Harrisburg by seven games in the Western Division.

The SeaWolves begin their final road series tonight against the Akron Aeros. Anthony Shawler (4-2, 4.63 ERA) is scheduled to face the Aeros' Alex White (7-7, 2.44).

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Erie SeaWolves shut out by Akron Aeros

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AKRON, OHIO -- Akron pitcher Alex White has had the Erie SeaWolves' number all year.

Thursday night was no exception as White pitched seven strong innings, allowing just three Erie hits and no runs as the Aeros (67-64) blanked the SeaWolves 12-0 in front of 7,765 fans at Canal Park in the opener of a four-game series.

White entered the game with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 0.71 against Erie, allowing just one run in 122/3 innings.

The right-hander improved his record to 8-7 while striking out five.

Erie (59-72) had four hits in the game, with no batter getting more than one hit. Three more errors in the game added to the SeaWolves' season total of 140, tops in the Eastern League.

Anthony Shawler took the loss for Erie, allowing eight hits and six runs, five of those earned, in 52/3 innings.

The teams meet again tonight with Brayan Villarreal (0-3, 4.13 ERA) set to start for Erie against Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.66).

The SeaWolves announced two more roster moves Thursday. Right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown was placed on the DL retroactive to Tuesday and left-handed pitcher Jon Kibler was transferred from Class A Lakeland to Erie.

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Akron Aeros beat Erie SeaWolves again at Canal Park

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AKRON, Ohio -- Canal Park continued to be a most inhospitable venue for the Erie SeaWolves on Friday night, as the host Akron Aeros parlayed a pair of bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch into a 5-2 victory.

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Erie, which has lost five of its past seven heading into today's 7:05 p.m. rematch, is 0-9 at Canal Park this season and fell to 4-12 against the Aeros despite outhitting them 11-7.

Akron, which had outscored Erie 23-2 in the teams' previous two Eastern League meetings, snapped a scoreless tie with two runs in the fifth against SeaWolves starter and loser Brayan Villarreal (0-4).

With two outs in the fifth, singles by Juan Apodaca and Cristo Arnal and a walk to Jordan Henry loaded the bases, and Villarreal walked Jason Kipnis to force home the game's first run. A wild pitch brought Arnal home to make it 2-0.

The SeaWolves cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth on Brandon Douglas' single, a double by Brandon Jones and a fielder's choice. Jones was stranded at third when Deik Scram struck out to end the inning.

Akron added three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-1, with one scoring on another bases-loaded walk and the other two on Jerad Head's double.

The SeaWolves scored a run in the eighth and threatened for more, but could not break through. Douglas opened the inning with a double and scored on Rawley Bishop's one-out single. A pair of walks loaded the bases, but John Murrian flied out to center and pinch-hitter Billy Nowlin grounded out.

Villarreal worked the first five innings for Erie, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Erie managed leadoff hits in both the third and fourth innings but could not score either time.

In the third, Brent Wyatt opened with a single but was erased on Matthew Mansilla's double-play grounder to short.

Jones led off the fourth with a base hit and, after an out, stole second. He reached third on Scram's two-out single but was stranded there when Murrian flied out to center.

In tonight's game, left-hander Jon Kibler (4-5) will attempt to snap the Canal Park losing streak for Erie while fellow southpaw Matt Packer (0-2) starts for Akron.

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Erie SeaWolves lose 10th straight to Akron Aeros at Canal Park

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AKRON, Ohio -- The Erie SeaWolves will be glad tonight when they are done playing at Canal Park for the season. The 'Wolves dropped their 10th straight decision at Akron and third in a row overall in Saturday's 9-0 loss.

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Jon Kibler made his return to the Erie rotation and was in trouble from the start, giving up two runs in the first inning.

Kibler again was his own worst enemy in the second inning as he struggled with his command. The left-hander walked the bases loaded, and with two outs Jerad Head delivered a two-run ground-rule double. Beau Mills followed with a two-run single, pushing the Akron lead to 6-0.

Akron tacked on a solo run in the fourth inning. Kipnis doubled with one out and Chisenhall singled, putting runners in scoring position. Head followed with a sacrifice fly.

Akron added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Kibler (4-6) lasted just four innings in his return, allowing seven runs on seven hits while walking six.

The SeaWolves' best scoring opportunity came in the seventh inning. Bryan Price came on in relief of Akron starter Matt Packer. Billy Nowlin greeted Price with a leadoff double and advanced to third on Brent Wyatt's single. Alden Carrithers walked to load the bases with two outs, but Price got Brandon Douglas to ground out to end the threat.

Packer (1-2) worked six shutout innings, striking out eight, while allowing six hits.

The Aeros have outscored Erie 37-4 in the past four games.

In today's 1:35 p.m. game, Erie gets a final chance to salvage a win at Canal Park. Duane Below (5-12) takes the mound looking for his sixth win of the season as he squares off against Akron starter Scott Barnes (6-9)

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Erie SeaWolves finally get win at Canal Park

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AKRON, Ohio -- The Erie SeaWolves ended the road portion of their schedule on a good note Sunday, breaking their 10-game losing streak at Akron and avoiding a sweep with a 7-4 victory in front of 4,324 at Canal Park.

In their last game before heading back to Jerry Uht Park for the final week of the season, Erie was able to jump ahead early with a six-run second inning.

Rawley Bishop led off the inning with a single and came home on a Billy Nowlin double. After Aeros starter Scott Barnes walked Andy Bouchie, Nowlin scored on a one-out bunt single by Matt Mansilla.

A hit-batsman loaded the bases for Brent Wyatt, who singled home Bouchie and Mansilla. Brandon Douglas finished off the rally with a two-RBI double.

Douglas' second double in the fourth inning scored the 'Wolves' final run.

Erie starter Duane Below (6-12), coming off last week's no-decision at Altoona, picked up the win after allowing the Aeros (69-65) four runs on seven hits in 51/3 innings.

Erie (60-74) hosts Richmond at 7:05 tonight to open a season-ending, eight-game homestand.

Adam Wilk, who hurled eight innings of shutout ball in his Double-A debut last week, gets the start against the Flying Squirrels' Jake Stevens (4-3, 2.38 ERA).

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SeaWolves open final homestand of season with victory

By MIKE COPPER

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Erie SeaWolves pitcher Adam Wilk allowed a tape-measure home run, but little else in his Jerry Uht Park debut Monday.

Wilk, who pitched an eight-inning, one-hit shutout in his Double-A debut, was nearly as impressive in his second start.

A mammoth homer by Richmond's Clay Timpner was one of only two hits the left-hander allowed in Erie's 4-2 victory.

A Buck Night crowd of 5,552, the SeaWolves' second largest this summer, watched the opener of an eight-game homestand that concludes their 2010 Eastern League season. Erie (61-74), last in the league's Western Division, doubled up the next-to-last Flying Squirrels in the first of the team's four-game series.

The Detroit Tigers selected Wilk, 23, in the 11th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was called up from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) on Aug. 24.

The next day, Wilk blanked the division-leading Altoona Curve for eight innings of Erie's 3-1 win at Blair County Ballpark.

"It's been great to have this kind of success," Wilk said. "I think it's something I can attribute to the process I've been working on all year, which is keeping balls down and getting ahead in counts.

Those two things have really been working out well for me here."

Wilk (2-0) saw his Double-A shutout run end with one out in the top of the second inning. Timpner hit the first pitch he saw from the newcomer over the right-field screen, Holland Street and off the back roof of Uht Park's maintenance garage.

"Yeah, it's a much smaller field that Joker Marchant (Stadium) in Lakeland," Wilk said of Uht Park's cozy dimensions, "But it was a good atmosphere (Monday). It was kind of cool that there was a packed house. It was fun to pitch with some extra adrenaline."

Wilk took solace that he never trailed despite Timpner's titanic blast. That's because Erie scored twice in the bottom of the first off Jake Stevens (4-4), a converted starter for the Squirrels.

The SeaWolves' first three batters had hits off Stevens, with the last one an RBI single by Bryan Pounds. Billy Nowlin later plated Brandon Douglas with a sacrifice fly to deep left.

Douglas also was a factor during Erie's two-run rally in the fifth. The shortstop led off with a single against Richmond reliever Ronnie Ray, stole second and scored with Pounds on Deik Scram's two-out double to right-center field.

Lester Oliveros took over for Wilk in the ninth. Erie's closer got in trouble and allowed Richmond's second run, but also got out of it for his team-leading 13th save.

The SeaWolves beat the Squirrels (64-70) at home for the first time this season. Richmond swept three from Erie when the teams met at Uht Park in late June, which concluded a run that saw the SeaWolves finish 0-12 as hosts that month.

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SeaWolves win 3rd in row

By MIKE COPPER

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Billy Nowlin ended the Erie SeaWolves' 10-game home run drought Tuesday.

Make that emphatically ended it.

Nowlin hit Erie's first homers since Aug. 20 with solo blasts that opened the bottom of the second and fourth innings against Richmond. They were half of the host's run total in a 4-2 victory before 2,882 at Jerry Uht Park.

It marked the second consecutive night that the SeaWolves won by that score. Erie (62-74) has claimed three straight in its bid to surpass the Flying Squirrels (64-71) and vacate last place in the Eastern League's Western Division.

Erie also finished August with a 17-11 record, its most successful month of the 2010 season.

Nowlin hit his fourth and fifth homers off Richmond starter Craig Westcott (3-3). The first cleared the left-center-field fence, while the second nestled into the right-center-field screen.

"The first one was kind of funny because I was fooled on it," said Nowlin, who accounted for three of Erie's 10 hits. "He threw a slider, but I committed to it because I saw fastball. I just kind of threw my bat at the pitch and got it over that short left field (fence)."

Nowlin recorded Erie's first multi-homer game since Bryan Pounds pounded his first career Double-A homers in an 8-3 victory over Bowie on July 6. Pounds went deep against Reading's Mike Cisco on Aug. 20, which was the SeaWolves' last homer before Nowlin twice touched up Westcott.

"I didn't even know about that," Erie manager Phil Nevin said of the team's homer void. "But when you're playing good baseball like this, I'm not really worried about it."

Erie never trailed after Pounds drove in Alden Carrithers and Brandon Douglas with a first-inning double. Carrithers and Douglas also reached with hits off Westcott.

The Squirrels trailed 4-0 after Nowlin's solo homers. Richmond recorded its runs in the fifth thanks to Brad Boyer's two-run double but was blanked the rest of the way by Erie starter Anthony Shawler and two relievers.

Shawler (5-3) won for the first time since Aug. 5. The right-hander pitched seven innings for the third time since joining the team's starting rotation in late June.

The SeaWolves' Jay Voss pitched the ninth for his first save. The left-hander was greatly aided by Carrithers, who recorded the first out with his head-first diving catch of Clay Timpner's foul fly near, Erie's bullpen.

"(Reliever) Rob Waite was in the pen and said I had a shot," Carrithers said. "It was slicing away, but I had a good jump."

Carrithers, Erie's leadoff hitter, reached four times with a single and three walks. Pounds matched Nowlin with three hits and two RBIs.

SeaWolves center fielder Kyle Peter made his first start at Uht Park. Peter, promoted from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) on Aug. 23, was hitless with a sacrifice bunt.

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Erie SeaWolves make move to escape basement

By MIKE COPPER

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Jerry Uht Park's video screen wasn't working Wednesday night.

The scoreboard was, though, and the Erie SeaWolves put it to use in the late innings of their latest win over Richmond.

The SeaWolves scored three times in their last two at-bats for a 4-1 victory over the Flying Squirrels. A crowd of 2,078 watched Erie claim its fourth consecutive game and third straight of its season-ending homestand.

The SeaWolves (63-74) can tie the Squirrels (64-72) in the win column if they complete a four-game series sweep today.

Erie is trying to overtake Richmond and depart last place in the Eastern League's Western Division standings.

"We don't want to finish last," SeaWolves shortstop Brandon Douglas said. "We were (41/2) games back of Richmond when this series started. We wanted to put ourselves in a position where we could do that, and we are doing that."

Douglas was in position to break a 1-all score in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Erie's Alden Carrithers reached on a fielder's choice against Daryl Maday (9-8), a converted reliever for the Squirrels. Carrithers then stole second with Douglas at the plate.

On the play, Richmond catcher Tyler La Torre saw his throw skip by second baseman Nick Noonan and into short center. Carrithers initially didn't notice the loose ball, but still advanced to third in time.

Douglas followed with a squib grounder to the right of the pitcher's mound. Squirrels shortstop Brad Boyer tried an off-balance throw to first, but Douglas beat out the relay and allowed Carrithers to score.

"I was pretty much in defensive mode (at the plate) when I got to two strikes," Douglas said. "I figured (Maday) was going to try to throw his slider down and away because I'd chased it a couple times earlier in the at-bat. He hung the pitch, and I was surprised I got any bat on it at all.

"But I hit it ... just enough," Douglas said with a jovial pause.

The SeaWolves added insurance in the eighth when John Murrian's double down the left-field line scored Bryan Pounds and pinch-runner Kyle Peter. Murrian was the only regular catcher on Erie's roster because of Andy Bouchie's promotion to Triple-A Toledo earlier in the day.

Matt Hoffman (1-2) received the victory with 22/3 innings of hitless relief. Hoffman took over for Brayan Villarreal, who departed after six innings.

Villarreal matched his longest start since joining Erie's starting rotation in late July. The Venezuelan right-hander allowed Richmond's lone run when La Torre tied the score with a leadoff homer in top of the sixth.

The Squirrels had two more batters reach that inning, but Villarreal didn't allow the visitors to take the lead.

Erie's victory evened its Uht Park record at 33-33. The team accomplished that feat after going 0-12 there for June.

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