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SeaWolves stay alive after rallying past Baysox

BY MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News


The Erie SeaWolves might not make the Eastern League playoffs, but they're doing all they can to make sure Bowie doesn't, either.

For the second straight night, the SeaWolves rallied for a victory over the Baysox in the bottom of the eighth inning at Jerry Uht Park. Friday's comeback saw Erie bat around for five runs and record an improbable 7-5 victory.

A boisterous crowd of 3,606 saw Erie up its record to 64-68 and maintain an elimination number of four in the league's Western Division. Bowie remained in second place and the division's wild-card spot with a record of 71-60.

The Baysox can still eliminate the SeaWolves with wins today and Sunday.

Erie sent 10 batters to the plate against three Bowie pitchers in the eighth. The hosts took advantage of a walk and two hit batsman to sustain their wild rally.

Bryan Pounds, Michael Rockett, Brent Wyatt and Jamie Johnson each drove in runs over that span. Johnson scored the first run after he led off with a walk, and drove in the last one on an infield single.

Pedro Viola (3-2) took the loss as Bowie's second pitcher in the eighth. Viola faced two batters, hitting Deik Scram with a pitch and allowing an infield single to Bryan Holaday.

Erie reliever Jared Gayhart (5-0), who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, was the beneficiary of the rally. Austin Wood came on to get the last two outs and pick up his sixth save.

Bowie scored its five runs off Erie starter Jay Voss, ending the left-hander's run of scoreless innings at 16.

Before Friday, Voss had not allowed a run since the third inning of his Aug. 10 start at New Hampshire.

Joe Mahoney accounted for two of the Baysox's runs. The first baseman doubled and scored in the top of the fourth and homered to lead off the sixth.

Mahoney's homer, his 10th this season, gave Bowie a 5-2 lead.

Erie played Friday's game with only 22 active players because of Justin Henry's promotion to Triple-A Toledo. Henry, whose .414 on-base percentage is second in the league, is expected to return to the SeaWolves before their homestand ends Thursday.

SeaWolves stay alive after rallying past Baysox | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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SeaWolves blast Baysox at Uht

BY MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News


There were no hits inside Tullio Arena with the cancellation of Saturday night's Train concert.

Not so outside it, though, as the Erie SeaWolves ricocheted three home runs off its facade en route to their third straight win over the Bowie Baysox.

Bryan Holaday and Michael Rockett struck the first two off the arena in the bottom of the second inning of Erie's 6-2 win at Jerry Uht Park. Cale Iorg accounted for the third one for the SeaWolves, whose Eastern League playoff elimination number remained at four.

Technically, Erie (65-68) is still in the Western Division wild card chase. However, the team also must overcome Richmond and Akron if it's to claim the second-place berth that Bowie (71-61) still holds.

"To be honest, it (stinks)," Holaday said about the SeaWolves' realistic role of spoiler to the Baysox. "You always want to be in the race, but we're going to continue to play our game and fight. We're going to play like we're in it."

Saturday's crowd of 4,512, bolstered by the canceled show, saw them perform like they were.

Erie never trailed after its three-run second inning against Bowie starter Oliver Drake (2-5).

Holaday hit a solo homer with one out and John Murrian followed with a single.

Drake retired Iorg, but Rockett followed with a two-run shot. That marked the first time Erie hit two homers in one inning since Bryan Pounds and former SeaWolves first baseman Michael Bertram went deep in the fourth inning of a May 12 game at Altoona.

Iorg hit his homer off Baysox reliever Raul Rivero to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Erie went up 5-2 later that inning, when Jamie Johnson slid home on Rawley Bishop's sacrifice fly.

Johnson reached on one of Bowie's four errors.

Pitcher Drew Smyly (4-2) received the win with his longest start since joining the SeaWolves on July 29. The left-hander lasted 7 2/3 innings, departing after he allowed Buck Britton's RBI groundout for the Baysox's second run.

Smyly allowed five hits, but only walked one and struck out seven.

"The scoreboard says it all," Holaday said of Smyly. "He did a great job commanding the (strike) zone and mixing his pitches a bit. He's done that every start since he's been with us."

Erie can complete a four-game series sweep with today's 1:05 p.m. game, its final afternoon home game for the regular season.

SeaWolves blast Baysox at Uht | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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SeaWolves fall to Baysox, move closer to postseason elimination

BY MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News



Erie SeaWolves centerfielder Jamie Johnson makes a catch against the Bowie Baysox at Jerry Uht Park in Erie on Aug. 28. Erie lost the game 4-1

The Bowie Baysox salvaged the finale of their four-game series at Jerry Uht Park, but it was enough to suppress the Erie SeaWolves' good vibes from the first three.

Bowie halved Erie's Eastern League postseason elimination number to two with Sunday afternoon's 4-1 comeback win before 2,415 fans. The Baysox scored all their runs in the eighth and ninth innings, with Brandon Waring driving in three of them.

Now 65-69, the SeaWolves' bid for the league's Western Division wild-card berth could end as soon as today with a loss to Binghamton and a Bowie win over Altoona.

The Baysox (72-61) maintained second place in the division, despite their 1-3 weekend at Uht Park. They go into today's action 11/2 games up on Richmond, 41/2 on Akron and 71/2 on Erie, which has eight games left.

"We did what we could this weekend to keep ourselves in (contention) against a good team," SeaWolves second baseman Brandon Douglas said. "Maybe there's some way we can still do that."

Douglas' hit-and-run single scored Jamie Johnson for Erie's lone run in the bottom of the first. That 1-0 score held up for seven innings because SeaWolves starter Brooks Brown and Bowie's Zach Clark became locked in a sensational duel.

Clark (10-8) retired Erie's next 14 batters after Douglas. The right-hander only permitted three hits over eight innings.

Brown didn't receive a decision, even though the right-hander debuted a cut fastball that resulted in his best outing of 2011. He used his new pitch to blank the Baysox on two hits over seven innings.

"I've been struggling," Brown said of his 2-9 record, "so I decided to try new things. (Drew) Smyly throws a cutter, so that's where I got the idea. I started using it a couple days ago in (a bullpen session), and it went better than I thought it was going to be."

Coincidence or not, Brown didn't walk a batter and struck out six.

"It would have been nice to score some more runs early with the way Brownie was throwing," Erie manager Chris Cron said, "but we just couldn't muster any magic."

Rob Waite (4-4) took over for Brown in the eighth. Waring greeted the SeaWolves reliever with a home run down the left-field line on the second pitch he faced.

Waite went unscathed the rest of that inning, but not so in the ninth. He walked Bowie speedster Xavier Avery, who advanced to third on Buck Britton's hit-and-run single to right.

L.J. Hoes plated Avery with a go-ahead single, and then scored with one out on Waring's two-run double that barely eluded Erie's backpedaling right fielder Brent Wyatt at the fence.

Cron knew the SeaWolves were in trouble when Avery, whose 35 stolen bases are fourth in the league, reached on his leadoff walk.

"You know he's going to push the envelope because that's his game," Cron said. "You don't (throw over) to first four times for no apparent reason."

Jose Diaz, Bowie's 329-pound closer, retired Erie's side in the ninth for his 21st save.

The SeaWolves should be eliminated by the time they close their regular season schedule at Bowie. However, they could have further say in the Maryland club's playoff fate over that four-game series, which starts Friday.

SeaWolves fall to Baysox, move closer to postseason elimination | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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SeaWolves' rally falls short against B-Mets


The Binghamton Mets remained the Eastern League's hottest team with Monday's 7-5 victory over the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park.

Binghamton (62-72) claimed its third straight game, and 10th in its last 11, before a Buck Night crowd of 4,814. The Mets also dropped Erie (65-70) one game away from playoff elimination in the opener of the teams' four-game series.

The SeaWolves stayed alive only because Altoona beat Bowie 5-1 at Prince George's Stadium. The Baysox (72-63) and the Richmond Flying Squirrels are tied for second place and the league's Western Division wild card berth after Monday's action.

Binghamton never trailed after scoring five times off Erie starter Casey Crosby (8-7), who departed after 21/3 innings. Brahiam Maldonado's solo home run and Jonathan Malo's two-run double highlighted that stretch for the visitors.

Malo was one of six Mets who finished with two hits.

Binghamton won despite Erie's two unique statistical feats.

Reliever Luis Marte, who took over for Crosby, struck out 10 Mets of the 11 outs he recorded. The right-hander allowed three hits.

The SeaWolves also recorded back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the eighth. Solo shots from Rawley Bishop and Bryan Holaday pulled the hosts within two.

Bishop's homer was his team-high 10th, while Holaday's homer left him the only Erie player with two hits.

Binghamton starter Matt Harvey (5-3) allowed the SeaWolves' first three runs.

The SeaWolves host the Mets through Thursday. Erie's probable starters for the rest of the series are right-hander Trevor Feeney (0-0, 5.40 earned-run average) today, left-hander Jay Voss (9-6, 3.57) on Wednesday, and left-hander Drew Smyly (4-2, 1.23) on Thursday.

SeaWolves' rally falls short against B-Mets | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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SeaWolves' playoffs hopes officially done


Brahiam Maldonado ended the Erie SeaWolves' faint playoff hopes with one swat of the bat.

Maldonado's solo home run in the top of the ninth inning was the difference in the Binghamton Mets' 4-3 victory over the SeaWolves on Tuesday. A crowd of 3,646 saw Erie's Eastern League postseason chances officially extinguished.

The loss left the SeaWolves at 65-71 in the league's Western Division. The second-place Bowie Baysox (72-63) also lost, but Erie has no way of catching them with six games left in the regular season.

Erie last made the playoffs in 2007.

Maldonado socked his game-winner off SeaWolves reliever Tyler Stohr (0-2). It was the Binghamton slugger's 27th homer, which is second-most in the league.

The SeaWolves wiped out the Mets' 3-0 advantage with six straight hits to start the bottom of the sixth. Rawley Bishop culminated the binge with a two-run single that scored Brandon Douglas and Justin Henry.

Bryan Pounds singled during that rally. The third baseman also doubled twice for three of the SeaWolves' 10 hits.

Juan Lagares paced Binghamton's offense with two hits and two RBIs. Lagares helped make a winner of reliever Bradley Holt (7-7).

The SeaWolves play the penultimate game of their last homestand today at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Jay Voss (9-6, 3.57 earned-run average) is their scheduled starter, with Binghamton expected to send out right-hander Jeurys Familia (4-3, 3.59).

SeaWolves' playoffs hopes officially done | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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SeaWolves lose in 9th inning again

The Binghamton Mets continued their torment of the Erie SeaWolves on Wednesday night.

Binghamton won its sixth straight game against the SeaWolves with a 6-5 victory at Jerry Uht Park. Former Erie catcher Dusty Ryan hit the decisive two-run home run for the Mets in the top of the ninth inning.

Ryan's homer marked the second consecutive game that Binghamton beat Erie with a ninth-inning homer. Brahiam Maldonado socked a solo homer in that same inning to top the SeaWolves 4-3 on Tuesday.

A crowd of 2,240 took in Erie's next-to-last home game of its Eastern League season. The SeaWolves (65-72) conclude the home portion of their schedule with today's series finale against the Mets.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday's game was tied at 4-4 when Binghamton's Eric Campbell lined a ninth-inning single off Erie reliever Austin Wood (5-5). Ryan followed with his fifth homer this season, and the Mets' third in the game.

Maldonado went deep in the fourth and Campbell in the fifth.

Erie got one back in the bottom of the ninth when Brandon Douglas reached against Mets closer Rhiner Cruz. Douglas later scored from third base on Bryan Pounds' ground out to first.

However, Cruz struck out Rawley Bishop to end the game, record his seventh save and make a winner of Bradley Holt (8-7).

The Mets improved to 64-72 with their 12th win in their past 13 games.

Douglas scored three times for Erie, now guaranteed a losing record for 2011. Jamie Johnson also scored a run, which increased his league lead to 90.

Left-hander Drew Smyly (4-2, 1.23 earned-run average) is the scheduled starter for Erie's last home game. Right-hander Collin McHugh (7-2, 3.09) is probable for the Mets.

SeaWolves lose in 9th inning again | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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Binghamton Mets sweep Erie SeaWolves

BY MIKE COPPER, Erie Times-News



Erie SeaWolves starting pitcher Drew Smyly delivers a pitch to a Binghamton Mets batter in the top of the second inning Sept. 1 at Jerry Uht Park, in Erie.

Manager Chris Cron and the Erie SeaWolves were in a rush to depart Jerry Uht Park after Thursday night's home finale against Binghamton.

It was mostly because they faced an overnight bus trip to Bowie, Md., where the team will conclude its 2011 season this weekend. But you couldn't blame them if they also wanted to quickly get away from the Mets, who completed a four-game sweep with a 2-1 win.

Kai Gronauer's solo home run in the eighth inning was the difference for Binghamton's seventh straight victory against an Erie team that slumped to 65-73 overall.

The SeaWolves did finish 38-33 at home. That's where Cron spent half of his 17th season as a minor league manager, but first in the Eastern League.

"Going into the season, I didn't know what to expect," said Cron, 47, a Phoenix resident who largely managed in Midwest and Rocky Mountain leagues before the Detroit Tigers wooed him. "It was tough (at Uht Park) early in the year with the cold weather and the rainouts, but Erie was a very nice place to come and work and play by the end."

Cron said there's a 90 percent chance he'll be back in Erie's dugout in 2012.

Starting pitcher Drew Smyly won't be if he keeps pitching like he did Thursday.

Smyly (4-3), Detroit's second-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft, took the loss because he gave up Gronauer's homer. However, the left-hander lasted eight innings, his longest start since a July 29 call-up from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.)

Smyly also matched his team-high with 10 strikeouts. He whiffed at least eight batters in four of his seven Double-A starts.

Erie scored its lone run in the seventh off Binghamton's Collin McHugh (8-2). Brandon Douglas led off with a double and later scored from second when Mets third baseman Mike Fisher errantly threw to first base on slugger Rawley Bishop's surprise bunt.

Douglas had one of five hits for Erie, which will try to spoil Bowie's weekend bid for second place and the Western Division's postseason wild-card berth.

Not all the SeaWolves are done with baseball after Labor Day.

Cron will be the hitting coach for the Salt River Rafters in the 2011 Arizona Fall League. He'll be joined by starting pitcher Casey Crosby and reliever Tyler Stohr, plus former Erie reliever Matt Hoffman.

"I've never done something like this before," said Crosby, a former fifth-round pick by the Tigers. "I'm really looking forward to it."

The six-team AFL season will run Oct. 4 through Nov. 17.

Binghamton Mets sweep Erie SeaWolves | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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SeaWolves snap 5-game losing streak


BOWIE, Md. -- Jamie Johnson went 4-for-5 and Brooks Brown had a solid start to lead the Erie SeaWolves to a 9-2 victory Friday over the Bowie Baysox at Prince George's Stadium.

The 'Wolves (66-73) snapped a five-game losing streak in trouncing the Eastern League wild-card leading Baysox (73-65) in front of 2,012 fans.

A five-run fifth inning helped Erie build a 7-0 lead. Brandon Douglas, Bryan Pounds and Rawley Bishop each had consecutive bases-loaded walks, putting the 'Wolves ahead 5-0. Deik Scram and Bryan Holaday followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies for a 7-0 lead. After Bowie scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, Erie responded with two runs in the eighth.

Brown (3-9) threw six scoreless innings, allowing four hits with a walk and five strikeouts. He retired the final 10 hitters he faced. Brown earned his first win since July 17 against Altoona,

The 'Wolves continue the final series of the regular-season with the Baysox tonight at 6:35. Left-hander Casey Crosby (8-7, 4.30 ERA) takes the mound for Erie against righty Eddie Gamboa (2-5, 3.38).

SeaWolves snap 5-game losing streak | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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Erie SeaWolves win 2nd straight against Bowie Baysox


BOWIE, Md. -- Casey Crosby tossed six innings of three-hit shutout baseball Saturday night to lead the Erie SeaWolves to a 4-1 win over the Bowie Baysox at Prince Georges Stadium.

Crosby (9-7) allowed three walks and struck out eight in taming the Baysox, who averted a shutout with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

The win was the second in a row in this series for Erie, which will look to make it three straight when it meets the Baysox at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in the season's next-to-last game.

Erie scored all the runs it would need in the second inning, taking advantage of a throwing error and Jamie Johnson's double to go on top 1-0. William Bergolla's sacrifice fly later in the inning made it 2-0.

Crosby made that lead stand up until the SeaWolves added two more runs in the eighth.

Johnson again was in the middle of things, as he walked, stole second, moved to third on Bergolla's single and scored on Brandon Douglas' single. Erie's final run of the inning came on Deik Scram's bases-loaded walk.

Bowie finally broke through for a run in the ninth on a pair of walks, a hit batsman and Ronnie Welty's sacrifice fly.

Erie SeaWolves win 2nd straight against Bowie Baysox | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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Baysox collect 17 hits, rout SeaWolves


BOWIE, Md. -- Pedro Florimon drove in four runs and was a double short of the cycle Sunday as Bowie exploded for 17 hits en route to a 10-2 win over the Erie SeaWolves in front of 2,461 fans at Prince Georges Stadium.

Florimon started things off with a two-out RBI triple in the third inning before driving in Xavier Avery with a single in the fifth. He capped his day with a two-run blast to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Joe Mahoney drove in three runs on two hits, while L.J. Hoes contributed three hits for the Baysox (74-66). Bowie is in the thick of the playoff race for a wild-card spot and needed Richmond to lose out coming into Sunday. Richmond's game Sunday at Altoona was in a rain delay, and results were not available before press time.

Mike Ballard moved to 8-3 on the year with six strikeouts and three hits allowed in seven shutout innings for the Baysox.

Trevor Feeney dropped his first decision for Erie. He had two straight no-decisions coming into Sunday's game. Feeney finished his stint with the 'Wolves this season with a 6.43 earned-run average, while going 8-12 with a 4.84 ERA overall.

Brandon Douglas had two hits and drove in a run for Erie, which got a ninth-inning solo home run from John Murrian.

The 'Wolves (67-74) wrap up the season in Bowie today at 2:05 p.m. Lefty Jay Voss (9-6, 3.67 ERA) will look to become Erie's first 10-game winner against Tim Bascom (8-4, 3.21).

Baysox collect 17 hits, rout SeaWolves | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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SeaWolves end season with loss in rain-shortened game

From staff reports, Erie Times-News

BOWIE, Md. -- The Erie SeaWolves had one final chance to end the season on a high note.

With the tying and go-ahead runs on base and no outs in the ninth inning, the sky opened up and heavy rain ended the game early as the Bowie Baysox escaped with a 3-2 win in front of 1,108 fans at Prince Georges Stadium on Monday.

Erie finished the 2011 season with a 67-75 record, while Bowie ended up 75-66 and missed the playoffs by a half game in the standings. Richmond defeated Altoona 1-0 in a rain-shortened game early Tuesday afternoon, ending Bowie's chances at a playoff spot.

The Baysox led 3-1 after eight innings before a SeaWolves rally. Bryan Pounds led off with a walk in the top of the ninth inning and ended up scoring on Rawley Bishop's single that was misplayed by left fielder Robbie Widlansky. With Bishop on second, Deik Scram drew a walk before the rain came.

Bishop led the offense with two hits, while Michael Rockett had Erie's lone RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Pedro Florimon continued to pound the SeaWolves with two doubles on Monday. His second double in the seventh inning drove in the eventual game-winning run.

Tim Bascom tossed seven effective innings to improve to 9-4 on the year. Bascom allowed three hits and struck out three in his final start, while the 'Wolves' Jay Voss allowed two runs and struck out five in five innings to drop to 9-7.

The Eastern League playoffs begin Wednesday with Richmond heading to Eastern Division champion New Hampshire and Reading traveling to Western Division champion Harrisburg.

SeaWolves end season with loss in rain-shortened game | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

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The Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year award is given out annually to one woman who has made an outstanding contribution to her club, league or to baseball. For this award the Eastern League is pleased to nominate Amy McArdle of the Erie SeaWolves. Amy is a key member of the senior management team for the SeaWolves as the Director of Accounting and Finance. Amy joined the SeaWolves staff in 2011 and has helped to create an environment which saw the franchise increase sponsorship sales and ticket revenue in 2014.

Eastern League announces 2014 Minor League Award nominees - Hudson Hub-Times | Hudson & Summit County, OH

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