Starting lineups for Friday’s Eastern League game between the Harrisburg Senators and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Harrisburg Senators (56-68): 1. Brian Goodwin CF, 2. Jose Lozada 2B, 3. Justin Bloxom LF, 4. Jimmy Van Ostrand DH, 5. Anthony Rendon 3B, 6. Destin Hood RF, 7. Seth Bynum SS, 8. Tim Pahuta 1B, 9. Kris Watts C.
Starting pitcher: Ryan Perry RH (1-3, 2.00 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (53-70): 1. Jamie Johnson CF, 2. Niuman Romero SS, 3. Nick Castellanos RF, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Avisail Garcia DH, 6. Daniel Fields LF, 7. Rawley Bishop 3B, 8. Corey Jones 2B, 9. James McCann C.
Starting pitcher: Jared Gayhart RH (1-2, 4.19 ERA)
– Mike Copper
The SeaWolves start their next-to-last homestand with three games against the Senators, whose fortunes of late have been worse than Erie’s.
While the SeaWolves are on a four-game losing streak, courtesy of Bowie’s series sweep in Maryland, Harrisburg has lost nine of its last 10 Eastern League contests. The Akron Aeros, the league’s Western Division leaders, completed a three-game sweep of the Senators with Thursday’s 4-1 victory at Metro Bank Park.
Akron and Harrisburg were 1-2 in the division for a good portion of the season’s first half. However, the Sens have only won four times in August and Erie five.
Fireworks will follow Friday and Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. games. The Pennsylvania franchises play for the final time in 2012 with Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. first pitch.
Probable starters for the series are: Harrisburg RH Ryan Perry (1-3, 2.00 ERA) vs. Erie RH Jared Gayhart (1-2, 4.19 ERA) Friday; LH Danny Rosenbaum (7-9, 3.91) vs. RH James Avery (10-9, 4.67) Saturday; and RH Paul Demny (6-7, 5.48) vs. LH Jared Wesson (7-8, 5.73) Sunday.
Bowie’s four-game sweep of Erie officially eliminated the SeaWolves from any chance of winning the division. Their prospects of finishing second and claiming the postseason wild-card berth are also on life support.
Erie trails the Baysox (66-58) by 12½ games with 18 left to play. That includes three at home against Akron, which had a comfortable 7½-game lead going into Friday, and their final eight-game road trip against wild-card contenders Reading (Eastern Division) and Bowie (Western).
While the SeaWolves are almost out of the running for a postseason bid, infielders Niuman Romero and first baseman Jordan Lennerton are in contention to lead the league in several hitting categories.
Romero, a switch-hitting shortstop, went into Friday with a league-leading 144 hits. The Venezuelan’s .314 batting average is exceeded only by Altoona’s Brock Holt (.322) and Akron’s Chun Chen (.321).
Romero and Lennerton, along with Reading slugger Darin Ruf, are tied for the league lead with 121 games played.
Lennerton has consistently ranked in the league’s top five for home runs (21) and RBIs (77), of which he went into Friday third highest in both. He’s also shown a propensity to be hot and cold, bases on his walk (68) and strikeout (125) totals that are the league’s second most.
Harrisburg goes into the series with a league leader of its own. Jeff Kobernus, who’s currently on the disabled list, has stolen 42 bases.
New Britain outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon were respectively named the league’s latest player and pitcher of the week award winners.