Sunday’s cancelled game at Jerry Uht Park meant the Erie SeaWolves will have more than 48 hours off until they resume their dwindling regular season.
Erie (53-66) was originally scheduled to be idle for a third consecutive Monday. The SeaWolves will then travel to Bowie for the first of two August series against the Baysox (62-58) at Prince George’s Stadium.
The teams’ four-game series begins with Tuesday’s 6:05 p.m. doubleheader. Those two seven-inning games were necessitated by an April 22 rain out in Maryland.
– Mike Copper
While the SeaWolves’ Eastern League postseason hopes are all but extinguished, they can do damage to Bowie’s chances. The Baysox were 1½ games ahead of Richmond for second place and the wild-card berth in the Western Division as of Sunday night.
Wednesday and Thursday’s nine-inning games at Bowie have 7:05 p.m. starting times. Erie’s probable starters for the series are: LH Jared Wesson (7-7, 5.77 ERA) for Tuesday’s first game; RH Patrick Cooper (2-7, 5.15 ERA) for Tuesday’s second game; LH Ramon Garcia (8-8, 4.02 ERA) Wednesday; and RH Jared Gayhart (1-2, 4.19 ERA) Thursday.
Erie returns to home Friday for the start of its penultimate homestand. The SeaWolves will host three-game series against Harrisburg and Akron.
Catcher Rob Brantly, who hit .311 in 46 games for the 2012 SeaWolves, should make his Major League Baseball debut within the next days.
The Florida Marlins, who acquired Brantly in a package deal with the Detroit Tigers shortly before the July 31 trading deadline, announced the call-up of the 23-year-old prospect Sunday. Brantly hit .365 in 14 games for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, where he was assigned after the trade.
Florida also received former SeaWolves pitchers Jacob Turner and Brian Flynn in the deal. Detroit welcomed pitcher Anibal Sanchez and former Erie infielder Omar Infante to its dugout.
Former SeaWolves utility player Justin Henry recorded three hits and scored twice for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, who edged the Durham Bulls 4-3 in Sunday night’s International League game at Fifth Third Field.
The win was the Mud Hens’ fifth straight, and allowed them to temporarily avoid possession of the league’s worst record. They’re one game better than West Division rival Louisville (48-75).
Single-A Lakeland was 26-23 in the Florida State League’s second half after Sunday’s 4-3 loss at the Clearwater Threshers. Former SeaWolves starter Cesar Carrillo was the losing pitcher for the Flying Tigers.
Outfielder Tyler Collins continues to rank as Lakeland’s top hitter. Collins leads the team in batting average (.295), RBIs (60) and on-base percentage (.371) and is fourth for home runs (six).
Luis Angel Sanz, brother of current Erie catcher Luis Alberto Sanz, is Lakeland best starting pitcher (10-3, 3.45 ERA, 77 strikeouts).
The short-season Connecticut Tigers were 24-29 in the New York-Penn League’s Stedler Division after Sunday’s 3-1 road loss to Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds.
Connecticut is managed by former SeaWolves catcher Andrew Graham, a native of Australia.