Last Saturday’s dramatic 11-10 victory over Bowie must feel light years removed to the Erie SeaWolves, who concluded their first home stand of 2012 on a four-game losing streak.
Trenton completed a three-game series sweep of the SeaWolves with Wednesday’s 7-1 victory before a matinee crowd of 1,114 at Jerry Uht Park. The outcome left the former 7-6 overall and the latter 4-8.
— Mike Copper
Erie’s recent penchant of trailing early continued, as the Thunder took a permanent lead on Melky Mesa’s three-run home run in the top of the first inning. Mesa’s homer was Trenton’s 18th, most in the Eastern League.
The SeaWolves scored their only run in the fifth on Niuman Romero’s RBI ground out. However, the Thunder immediately responded with their final four runs in the sixth off Erie starter Zack Segovia and reliever Jared Gayhart.
Erie departed after its latest loss for an eight-day, seven-game road trip to Bowie and Trenton. It did so minus Jay Voss, the pitcher who left Tuesday’s start vs. Trenton before the top of the second inning because of a sore elbow.
SeaWolves manager Chris Cron said Voss had an MRI performed during the same time of Wednesday’s game to determine the extent of his injury. Voss is likely to be placed on the disabled list, with the parent Detroit Tigers assigning a replacement to start Sunday’s game at Bowie.
Erie reliever Zach Samuels, who was struck on his right pitching shoulder the first pitch after he replaced Voss, is expected to recover and return as soon as possible.
The SeaWolves and Baysox, who were 5-8 before Wednesday night’s game at Akron, split last weekend’s four-game series at Uht Park. They’ll face again Thursday and Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium, with Saturday’s first pitch at 6:35 and Sunday’s finale at 2:05.
Probable starters for the series are: Erie LH Jared Wesson (1-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. Bowie RH Zach Clark (0-1, 8.44 ERA) on Thursday; LH Kelvin De La Cruz (0-1, 5.4) vs. RH Tim Bascom (2-0, 3.50) on Friday; RH James Avery (1-1, 3.38) vs. RH Bobby Bundy (1-2, 4.60) on Saturday; and to be determined vs. LH Jacob Pettit (2-0, 2.00) on Sunday.
Trenton’s sweep temporarily denied Erie’s Chris Cron his 1,000th career managerial victory. Cron, who’s first job in charge of a dugout was in 1995, is holding at 998.
Blue isn’t part of the SeaWolves’ color scheme, but it will be for one game during their next home stand.
Erie will wear blue uniforms for its April 28 game against the Binghamton Mets. It’s in conjunction with Blue Out Saturday at Uht Park, which seeks to raise awareness of child abuse and its prevention.
There will be several ways that Erie’s baseball fans can donate to Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania and its related agencies that day. The biggest way is through online Blue Out Saturday game tickets, of which $3 from each will be sent to the organization.
A silent auction, featuring baseball memorabilia, also will take place during the 1:35 p.m. game.
Call the SeaWolves at 456-1300 for information.
Former Gold Glove catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who announced his retirement Wednesday, played three games for the 2011 Harrisburg Senators as part of his last rehabilitation assignment with the Washington Nationals.
Nicknamed “Pudge,” Rodriguez went 2-for-9 with a walk and two runs scored in three games for the Senators. The highlight of his 21-year playing career was the World Series ring he received as a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins.
David Lough was hitting .235 for the Omaha (Neb.) Storm Chasers before Wednesday’s game at Round Rock (Texas). The former Mercyhurst University outfielder helped the Kansas City Royals’ Triple-A affiliate win the 2011 Pacific Coast League championship.