Starting lineups for Tuesday’s Eastern League game between the Akron Aeros and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Akron Aeros (22-13): 1. Tim Fedroff CF, 2. Juan Diaz SS, 3. Jared Goedert LF, 4. Chun Chen DH, 5. Adam Abraham 1B, 6. Thomas Neal RF, 7. Ryan Rohlinger 2B, 8. Kyle Bellows 3B, 9. Roberto Perez C.
Starting pitcher: T.J. McFarland LH (6-1, 2.18 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (19-17): 1. Niuman Romero SS, 2. Brandon Douglas 2B, 3. Ben Guez RF, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Rawley Bishop DH, 6. Tony Plagman LF, 7. John Murrian C, 8. Bryan Pounds 3B, 9. Michael Rockett CF.
Starting pitcher: Zack Segovia RH (4-2, 4.31 ERA).
— Mike Copper
The SeaWolves’ Jordan Lennerton goes into Tuesday’s game as the Eastern League leader in one of its offensive categories.
No, not that one.
Lennerton was the league’s early home run leader after he hit his first six. The first baseman’s pregame total of seven currently has him tied for second.
However, Lennerton is the league leader in a significantly less glamorous statistic. His first-inning sacrifice fly in Monday’s 6-3 victory over the Aeros was his fifth of 2012.
If the SeaWolves are to extend their six-game winning streak, Lennerton and his teammates will have to get by the league’s most successful pitcher to do that.
Akron starter T.J. McFarland goes into Tuesday’s start with a 6-1 record and an earned-run average of 2.18. Baseball America’s 2012 handbook listed the left-hander as the No. 21 prospect for the Cleveland Indians.
The Reading Phillies achieved a rarity with their sweep of the Eastern League’s latest player and pitcher of the week awards.
First baseman Darin Ruf, who went into Tuesday as the league leader in batting average (.379) and RBIs (27), was named player of the week. Right-handed starter Julio Rodriguez was cited for the pitching honor.
Strikes will have a different meaning for the SeaWolves when they attend a Bowling Bash after their June 21 game against Bowie.
The SeaWolves and Baysox will play at 12:05 p.m. that day at Uht Park. Erie’s players and field staff will then roll some frames at Greengarden Lanes from 6 to 8:30.
The charity event will benefit the United Way of Erie County. Fans can attend at $25 per person, with the cost including shoe rental, up to three games, raffle tickets and pizza.
Each member of the SeaWolves will have their own lane, and be available for autographs and pictures.
For information or to register, call Rachel O’Connor at 456-1300 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kansas City Star posted a story on its website regarding former SeaWolves pitcher Josh Rainwater. The 27-year-old right-hander, who played for Erie between 2008 and 2010, is now with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.