The SeaWolves enjoyed a break for the Eastern League All-Star Game this week, limiting them to four games. Erie’s 1-3 week brought their season mark to 41-47. They sit in fifth place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.
Hall Claims Weekly Honor
Detroit Tigers pitching prospects have been sweeping up Pitcher of the Week awards all season long. Erie lefty Matt Hall became the latest to pick up a weekly honor, snatching the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week award.
The southpaw dominated in his first two starts of July, tossing 12.1 innings without allowing a run. Over those two outings, he surrendered just six hits, walked two, and fanned 18.
Hall has excelled as a reliever and a starter all season, but especially over the last month and change. The lefty last yielded a run on June 19, when he allowed a pair of unearned runs. To find his last earned run allowed, you have to go all the way back to June 5. In the eight appearances that followed, Hall gave up 12 hits, while fanning 39 in 30.0 innings.
Funkhouser, Hall Promoted
The Tigers announced this week that following the Triple-A and Double-A All-Star breaks, Kyle Funkhouser and Matt Hall will join Toledo. Funkhouser turned in 17 solid starts for Erie, posting a 3.74 ERA and fanning a batter per inning. Hall made 27 appearances, four starts, for the SeaWolves, putting up a 1.58 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 57.0 innings (12.0 K/9).
The promotions of Funkhouser and Hall caused some shuffling throughout the system. The guys over at Bless You Buys took a look at what the Detroit Tigers affiliates’ rotations look like following these moves.
Before Funkhouser went to join the Mud Hens, he and three other SeaWolves took part in the Eastern League All-Star Game Wednesday night. Funkhouser worked the fourth inning, allowing a home run and picking up a strikeout. Beau Burrows pitched the second, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Will Maddox got the start at second for the Western Division All-Stars. He played the first five innings and went 0-for-2 at the plate. Danny Woodrow replaced Jake Robson on the team, after Robson’s promotion to Triple-A Toledo. Woodrow played the final four innings in right field, and picked up a triple in two at-bats.