Starting lineups for Monday’s Eastern League game between the Reading Phillies and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Reading Phillies (24-17): 1. Tyson Gillies CF, 2. Cesar Hernandez 2B, 3. Tug Hulett 3B, 4. Darin Ruf 1B, 5. Brandon Tripp LF, 6. Sebastian Valle C, 7. Miguel Abreau SS, 8. Leandro Castro RF, 9. Jeremy Barnes DH.
Starting pitcher: Drew Naylor RH (2-1, 6.60 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (20-21): 1. Jamie Johnson CF, 2. Niuman Romero SS, 3. Rob Brantly C, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Ben Guez RF, 6. Rawley Bishop DH, 7. Tony Plagman LF, 8. Brandon Douglas 2B, 9. Bryan Pounds 3B.
Starting pitcher: Zack Segovia RH (4-3, 5.27 ERA).
– Mike Copper
The Erie SeaWolves begin their longest homestand of 2012 when they host the Reading Phillies in Monday’s opener of the teams’ four-game series. It’s this only time this season that the Eastern League’s Eastern Division contenders will meet at Jerry Uht Park.
Erie (20-21) returns home after a futile weekend at Altoona. The Curve swept the SeaWolves in three straight of their Western Division series.
The Phillies (24-17) make their cross-Pennsylvania trip one-half game behind New Britain in their division.
Trevor May is Reading’s probable starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game. May, the league’s player of the month for April, was ranked as the Philadelphia Phillies’ top prospect according to Baseball America’s 2012 handbook.
The series includes Erie’s final 6:35 p.m. starts. That’s the scheduled time for first pitches Monday through Wednesday, with Thursday’s finale an 11:05 a.m. school-kids game.
Probable starters for the series are: Reading RH Drew Naylor (2-1, 6.60 ERA) vs. Erie RH Zack Segovia (4-3, 5.27 ERA) on Monday; RH Trevor May (5-2, 2.91) vs. LH Jared Wesson (4-2, 5.29) on Tuesday; RH David Buchanan (1-5, 5.24) vs. RH James Avery (5-3, 3.13) on Wednesday; and RH Julio Rodriguez (3-0, 1.88) vs. LH Kelvin De La Cruz (2-5, 4.35).
The Detroit Tigers did not assign a player to fill the Erie SeaWolves’ rosters spot opened by reliever Ryan Robowski’s Sunday promotion to Triple-A Toledo.
Robowski only allowed one earned run in 21 innings over 12 games for Erie. He departed with a 0.43 earned-run average.
Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride, who helped the Notre Dame women’s basketball team reach the NCAA Division I championship game in March, was in attendance for Monday’s game at Uht Park.
McBride averaged 11.6 points as a sophomore for the Fighting Irish, who finished the 2011-12 season 35-4 after Baylor beat them 80-61 in the title game.
“It was definitely a learning experience,” McBride said of her season season for head coach Muffet McGraw. “I think I grew up a lot this (season), as a person and on the basketball court. It was a lot of fun to be able to help my team be able to get back to the Final Four.”
McBride said she’ll be back in Erie until June 11, when she returns to the South Bend, Ind., campus to assist with summer basketball camps.
T.J. McFarland blanked the SeaWolves on three hits over the first seven innings of Akron’s 8-1 victory at Jerry Uht Park on May 15. That effort helped him gain the Eastern League’s latest pitcher of the week honors.
Aeros’ teammate Ryan Bellows was simultaneously named the league’s player of the week. It’s the second straight week that teammates have swept those honors.
Reading slugger Darin Ruf and pitcher Julio Rodriguez, who are expected to see action over the teams’ current series at Erie, swept the league’s previous awards.
C. Wolf, the SeaWolves’ main mascot, is a contestant in milb.com’s 2012 Mascot Mania contest. On-line voting in the March Madness-style bracketing begins Monday and will culminate with the winner being named June 14.
First-round voting runs through May 29. C. Wolf is currently paired against Homer, mascot for the Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs in the Single-A Midwest League. Prizes are possible for those who vote.