Starting lineups for Tuesday’s Eastern League game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (44-70): 1. Ryan Goins SS, 2. Jake Marisnick CF, 3. Kevin Howard 1B, 4. Brad Glenn RF, 5. John Tolisano 2B, 6. Brian Van Kirk DH, 7. Ryan Schmipf LF, 8. Sean Ochinko C, 9. Brian Bocock 3B.
Starting pitcher: Yohan Pino RH (5-7, 3.81 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (50-64): 1. Daniel Fields LF, 2. Niuman Romero SS, 3. Nick Castellanos RF, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Avisail Garcia CF, 6. Rawley Bishop 3B, 7. Tony Plagman DH, 8. Brandon Douglas 2B, 9. James McCann C.
Starting pitcher: Jared Wesson LH (7-6, 5.85 ERA).
– Mike Copper
The SeaWolves return home to host the same teams they faced during their disappointing 2-4 road trip to upper New England.
The Fisher Cats and the Portland Sea Dogs will make their lone series appearances at Uht Park over Erie’s next six games. New Hampshire arrives for the first three, all with scheduled first pitches of 7:05 p.m.
Erie beat New Hampshire, which sports the league’s worst record, two out of three during last week’s series at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The second of the SeaWolves’ victories was Aug. 2, when they squandered leads in the top of the ninth and 11th innings but still won 9-7 in 17.
Erie radio announcer Greg Gania confirmed Tuesday that it was the longest game by innings since the franchise was born in 1995.
Probable starters for the series are: New Hampshire RH Yohan Pino (5-7, 3.81 ERA) vs. Erie LH Jared Wesson (7-6, 5.85 ERA) Tuesday; New Hampshire to be determined vs. Erie RH Patrick Cooper (2-6, 5.15) Wednesday; and New Hampshire RH Deck McGuire (5-12, 5.97) vs. Erie LH Ramon Garcia (7-8, 4.38) Thursday.
Tuesday’s game will be a mini-reunion of sorts for the 1968 World Series champion Detroit Tigers.
Starting pitcher Denny McLain and Hall-of-Fame outfielder Al Kaline are at Uht Park, albeit for different reasons.
McLain, the last Major League Baseball pitcher to win 30 games in one season, was on hand to give free autographs and sell copies of his memoir, “I Told You I Wasn’t Perfect.” He won back-to-back American League Cy Young Awards and its Most Valuable Player Award in 1968, but is known more now for brushes with the law that led to two separate prison terms.
Kaline, who played his entire career for the Tigers (1953-74), will be on hand to aid in the instruction of SeaWolves outfielder Nick Castellanos. Detroit recently switched its first pick in the 2010 amateur draft from third base to outfield in a bid to speed his ascent to the parent club.
Kaline will be with the SeaWolves for their entire series against New Hampshire.
The SeaWolves officially announced closer Bruce Rondon’s call-up to Triple-A Toledo before Tuesday’s game.
Rondon, who began this season in Single-A Lakeland (Fla.), finished with a 0-1 record and an earned-run average of 0.83 in 21 2/3 innings for Erie. He saved 12 games for Erie, largely due to a fastball often clocked over 100 mph.
Taking Rondon’s roster spot will be right-hander Tyler Clark, another first-time Double-A assignee.
Clark, 23, was drafted by Detroit in the 24th round of the 2010 draft. He had a 6-1 record for the Flying Tigers, despite coming out of their bullpen.
Clark’s Lakeland dossier also showed an ERA of 0.63 and nine saves.
Erie’s bullpen experienced a third move before Tuesday’s game when left-hander Ryan Robowski placed on the disabled list with a hand injury. Robowski (1-1, 3.32) has pitched in 25 games for the 2012 SeaWolves.
New Britain outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has been voted the league’s player of the month for July. Its latest player and pitcher of the month honorees are Bowie shortstop Manny Machado and Richmond starter Mike Kickham.