Starting lineups for Monday’s Eastern League game between the Trenton Thunder and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Trenton Thunder (4-6): 1. Abraham Almonte LF, 2. Ronnier Mustelier 3B, 3. Zoilo Almonte RF, 4. Cody Johnson DH, 5. Melky Mesa CF, 6. Jose Gil C, 7. Kevin Mahoney 1B, 8. Addison Maruszak SS, 9. Walter Ibarra 2B.
Starting pitcher: Shaeffer Hall RH (1-1, 3.27 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (4-5): 1. Niuman Romero SS, 2. Brandon Douglas 2B, 3. Tony Plagman RF, 4. Rawley Bishop LF, 5. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 6. Bryan Pounds DH, 7. John Murrian C, 8. Brent Dlugach 3B, 9. Michael Rockett CF.
Starting pitcher: James Avery RH (1-0, 0.00 ERA).
– Mike Copper
The SeaWolves welcome the Thunder for their first Buck Night contest of 2012. It’s the opener of a three-game series that has the teams playing today and Tuesday at 6:35 p.m., followed by Wednesday’s 12:35 businessman’s special.
Erie split its opening four-game home series against Bowie, while the Thunder averted a four-game sweep against Akron with Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Canal Park. Cody Johnson highlighted Trenton’s victory with a home run.
Johnson, the visitors’ designated hitter today, went into Monday as the Eastern League leader for slugging percentage (.792).
Outfielder Zoilo Almonte, who will hit ahead of Johnson, is the New York Yankees’ No. 19 prospect according to Baseball America. Almonte is not related to Abraham Almonte, Trenton’s leadoff hitter, although both hail from the Dominican Republic.
Erie first baseman Jordan Lennerton, who hit two home runs Sunday, was tied with Bowie’s Tyler Townsend (four) for the league lead in that category.
Probable starters for the series are: Trenton RH Shaeffer Hall (1-1, 3.27 ERA) vs. Erie RH James Avery (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on Monday; RH Brett Marshall (1-1, 7.00) vs. LH Jay Voss (0-2, 5.79) on Tuesday; and RH Cory Arbiso (0-0, 1.13) vs. RH Zach Segovia (0-1, 3.38) on Wednesday.
Pitcher Ramon Garcia returned to Erie roster’s Monday after a week with Triple-A Toledo.
Garcia allowed seven hits and four earned runs in his April 9 start at Binghamton. Despite that, the veteran left-hander was promoted to fill in on the Mud Hens’ staff.
Last Thursday, Garcia was the winning pitcher in Toledo’s 8-1 International League victory over Louisville. He relieved former SeaWolves starter Brooks Brown and allowed the Bats no runs and one hit over four innings.
Garcia’s return necessitated pitcher Patrick Cooper’s demotion back to Single-A Lakeland (Fla.)
The same day that Garcia recorded his win for Toledo, Cooper made his professional baseball debut at the Double-A level. The right-hander pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of the SeaWolves’ 6-1 loss to Bowie, allowing the Baysox a run and two hits.
Cooper recorded a save in his lone appearance for Lakeland before his Erie assignment.
Binghamton Mets right-hander Greg Peavey, who shut out the SeaWolves over 5 2/3 innings of his April 9 start against them, is the Eastern League’s first pitcher of the week winner for 2012. Peavey also blanked Portland for five innings of his ensuing start.
One of the Sea Dogs’ hitters that Peavey helped contain was Juan Carlos Linares. The outfielder still went on to be named the league’s first position player of the week.
Albuquerque Isotopes catcher Tim Federowicz, who was born in Erie, was hitting .324 for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate going into Monday.
Federowicz, 24, played against the SeaWolves at Uht Park last season when he was a member of Portland. He was later part of a trade-deadline deal between the Boston Red Sox, the Sea Dogs’ parent club, and the Dodgers.
Federowicz then went on to catch seven games for Los Angeles with Major League Baseball’s September roster expansions.