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Erie SeaWolves at Reading Fightin Phils - Game Notes

June 12, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Erie SeaWolves News Release

ERIE SEAWOLVES (29-30, 4TH WEST, 8.0 GB 1st Half) VS. READING FIGHTIN PHILS (35-26, T-2ND EAST, 0.5 GB, 1st Half)

Alex Faedo (3-4, 3.92 ERA) vs. RHP Mauricio Llovera (2-2, 4.57 ERA)



Tonight, the Erie SeaWolves go for back-to-back wins against the Reading Fightin Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium. The SeaWolves and Fightin Phils split a doubleheader on Tuesday with Reading taking game one (continuation of a suspended game on May 30) by a 5-4 final in 10 innings. The SeaWolves scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to take game two 5-3. Alex Faedo takes the mound for the SeaWolves and is coming off of a loss in his last start on June 5 against Altoona. Faedo only went three innings due to a rain delay and allowed two earned runs on four hits. In his last start against Reading, Faedo fired 6.1 shutout innings and recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts. It was the most by an Erie pitcher since 2006. Mauricio Llovera makes his 10th start on the season for the Fightins and has lost two of his past three starts. In his last start on June 5 at Akron, Llovera took the loss despite giving up just two earned runs on three hits in six innings. He tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and walked two. The right-hander pitched a scoreless inning against the 'Wolves on May 30 in a rain-suspended game. Llovera, a native of Venezuela, was a 19-year old undrafted free agent signee by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015.

Thu., June 13 at Reading 7:10 p.m. RHP Casey Mize (6-0, 1.27 ERA) vs. RHP Adonis Medina (4-2, 3.44 ERA)

Fri., June 14 vs. Hartford 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Manning (5-3, 2.14 ERA) vs. RHP Heath Holder (4-1, 1.41 ERA)

Sat., June 15 vs. Hartford 7:05 p.m. RHP Anthony Castro (1-1, 5.12 ERA) vs. RHP Rico Garcia (8-1, 1.88 ERA)

Sun., June 16 vs. Hartford 1:35 p.m. RHP Logan Shore (2-5, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Jack Wynkoop (5-6, 3.12 ERA)

- INF Isaac Paredes is the No. 4 overall prospect, OF Derek Hill is No. 24 and OF Jose Azocar is No. 30

- INF Sergio Alcantara is a 40-man member and the No. 14 overall prospect

- The starting rotation now boasts five Top-30 Tigers talents: RHP Casey Mize is ranked the No. 1 prospect, RHP Matt Manning is No. 2, RHP Alex Faedo sits at No. 9, RHP Logan Shore is No. 15 and RHP Anthony Castro is No. 26

- The bullpen features No. 25 overall prospect Zac Houston

- In eight doubleheader games, the SeaWolves are 2-6 with a -6 run differential (four losses by one run)

- Kyle Funkhouser struck out eight hitters on Sunday, the 14th time this season an Erie starter has punched out 8+

- Tonight will be the fifth of nine meetings in 2019 between Erie and Reading (six at FirstEnergy Stadium - May 27-29 & June 11-13, three at UPMC Park - August 13-15)

- Erie is second in the Eastern League with a .247 batting average while Reading is last at .227

- Erie is hitting a league-low .194 with runners in scoring position and two-outs (198 at-bats)

- The SeaWolves +27 run differential is third-best in the EL and the Fightin Phils +5 is seventh

- The Fightin Phils have scored the fourth-most runs in the EL (249) while the SeaWolves have scored the sixth-most (246)

- Erie has struck out 485 times (fewest in the EL) while Reading has gone down on strikes 541 times (third-most)

- Reading has grounded into the second-fewest double plays (31) while Erie is fourth with 40 GIDP's

- The Fightins are second in the league with 57 stolen bases while Erie has swiped the fourth-fewest bags with 32

- Reading has slugged the fifth-most home runs in the league (44). Erie ranks eighth in home runs (42)

- Erie pitching is third-best in the league in team ERA (3.42) while Reading is sixth in team ERA (3.54)

- Erie boasts the league's third-best defense (.981 fielding percentage) while Reading owns the second-best defense (.982)

- The SeaWolves went 11-4 vs. the Fightin Phils in 2018 and 6-2 at FirstEnergy Stadium

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