Erie SeaWolves (4-5) – 5th in Eastern League Southwest
For the second straight week the Erie SeaWolves took on a very talented pitching staff, and they racked up plenty of strikeouts in the process. Erie’s 124 strikeouts this season are 18 more than any other team in the Eastern League, and they whiffed 77 times against the Somerset Patriots last week. But they still managed to go 2-4.
Veteran hurler Markus Solbach (4.1 IP, 3H, ER, BB, 9K) had a terrific SeaWolves debut, and Dillon Dingler helped keep the score in check with a key pickoff, but the Patriots prevailed 2-1 when Brandon Lockridge hit a walk-off double. Adam Wolf (3.2 IP, 3H, 3BB, 5K) had a solid debut on Wednesday, Quincy Nieporte hit his first home run of the season, and Joe Navilhon, Gerson Moreno, and Brendan White combined to strike out 11 over 5.1 innings of scoreless relief in a 3-0 win. Thursday’s game was a 5-4 loss that spoiled Andre Lipcius‘ first homer of the year, but it was probably most notable for Gage Workman going wild on the bases.
Workman had a strong week overall, going 7-for-19 with three doubles, a home run, two walks, and eight(!) stolen bases in eight tries. The SeaWolves’ other win of the week came on Friday thanks to a stellar performance from Garrett Hill (4IP, 2H, ER, BB, 9K) and huge production from Erie’s 6-7-8 hitters Dane Myers, Quincy Nieport, and Kerry Carpenter, who combined to go 8-for-15 with three home runs and six RBIs. Unfortunately, that was it for the offense, and the ‘Wolves struck out 17 times in a 6-0 loss on Saturday, and then managed just four hits in an 11-4 drubbing on Sunday.
They’ll try to make a bit more contact this week when they host the Richmond Flying Squirrels, though Tuesday’s game has already been moved to Thursday due to inclement weather.