‘Wolves take five for winning record

By | May 13, 2012 6:16 pm | 0 Comments

 

There was no three home-run, eight-RBI performance from Tony Plagman, or any of the other Erie SeaWolves, when they played Altoona on Sunday.

What did happen was an extension of the team’s longest victory streak this season (five) and its first winning record.

Erie doubled up the Curve 4-2 in the Mother’s Day matinee at Jerry Uht Park. Jamie Johnson’s leadoff home run and sacrifice fly highlighted the SeaWolves’ win, which left them 18-17 in the Eastern League’s Western Division.

The Curve slumped to 13-22, last in the division, after their sixth consecutive loss.

– Mike Copper

Johnson’s solo shot to start the bottom of the first inning marked the second time in less than 24 hours an Erie hitter achieved that feat. Niuman Romero had the honors in Saturday night’s chaotic 11-6 victory.

The SeaWolves resume their home stand when the Akron Aeros make their first trip of 2012 ot Uht Park. Monday’s three-game series opener against the division leaders (22-12) is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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SeaWolves pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz matched his longest start of the season (6 1/3 innings) in Sunday’s victory. The Dominican left-hander encountered little trouble until the seventh, when departed after loading the bases with one out.

De La Cruz was charged with both Altoona runs, but reliever Kenny Faulk induced two fielder’s choice grounders to get Erie out of serious trouble and maintain its two-run lead.

“Everything was going right until the last inning,” said De La Cruz, who scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out six.. “I think was (try to be) too perfect, but before that everything was going good.”

Michael Morrison pitched the SeaWolves’ ninth for his team-best third save.

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The Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens remain 20-16 overall after Sunday’s International League game at the Gwinnett (Ga.) Braves was postponed because of the weather. The teams will play a doubleheader today.

Former SeaWolves outfielder Justin Henry is Toledo’s top hitter with a .352 average.

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The Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers were idle Sunday. They take an 18-16 Florida State League record into Monday’s three-game series opener at the Tampa Yankees.

Nick Castellanos, the Detroit Tigers’ first-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft, continues to wield Lakeland’s best bat. The third baseman continues to lead the team in average (.403), RBIs (24), on-base percentage (.450) and slugging percentage (.560).

 

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