Starting lineups for Friday’s Eastern League game between the Portland Sea Dogs and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Portland Sea Dogs (55-63): 1. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, 2. Peter Hissey LF, 3. Marquez Smith 3B, 4. Bryce Brentz RF, 5. Travis Shaw 1B, 6. Xander Bogaerts SS, 7. Derrik Gibson DH, 8. Christian Vazquez C, 9. Ryan Dent 2B.
Starting pitcher: RH Stolmy Pimentel (4-5, 4.99 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (51-66): 1. Jamie Johnson CF, 2. Niuman Romero SS, 3. Nick Castellanos DH, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Avisail Garcia RF, 6. Daniel Fields LF, 7. Rawley Bishop 3B, 8. Corey Jones 2B, 9. James McCann C.
Starting pitcher: RH Jared Gayhart (1-2, 4.28 ERA).
– Mike Copper
Erie SeaWolves pitcher Ramon Garcia offered a simple answer to a simple question after Thursday’s 6-0 victory over New Hampshire.
What was working for the left-hander during his complete-game, four-hit shutout?
“My fastball,” Garcia said. “I was locating it.”
Garcia didn’t walk a batter and struck out six Fisher Cats en route to ending the SeaWolves’ five-game losing streak. He did so in his first start at Uht Park since July 6.
Garcia also did so despite a late-game drizzle that threatened to worsen. That was just fine by the 27-year-old minor league journeyman.
“I hope my next start (the weather) is like that.” said Garcia, who’s now 8-8 for the 2012 SeaWolves.
Garcia was assigned from Triple-A Toledo back to the SeaWolves July 30. Outfielder Jamie Johnson experienced the same transaction before Friday’s scheduled game against Portland.
July 24 was the start of Johnson’s second seasonal assignment with the Mud Hens. He’s hit .222 (8-for-36) in 10 International League games.
Johnson’s return means that Erie’s roster is back to its maximum 25-man limit. He goes into Friday with a .290 average in 96 games for the SeaWolves.
MiLB.com officials announced that 31,567,709 fans have attended 2012 minor league baseball games for its 176 sanctioned teams through the end of July.
That total is more than 500,000 more than last season to that point.
The SeaWolves’ attendance was 163,573 through Erie’s first 57 home games. Their average of 2,870 was six more than the last-place Binghamton Mets.