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Erie SeaWolves at Richmond Flying Squirrels - Game Notes

July 19, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Erie SeaWolves News Release

ERIE SEAWOLVES (19-7, 2ND WEST, 1.5 GB 2nd Half) VS. RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS (12-15, 4TH WEST, 9.0 GB 2nd Half)

LHP TARIK SKUBAL (0-1, 0.90 ERA) VS. RHP BRANDON LAWSON (3-5, 4.20 ERA)

FRIDAY, JULY 19 * 7:05 PM EDT * BROADCAST: FOX SPORTS RADIO 1330 AM, SEAWOLVES.COM, MILB.TV

THE DIAMOND * GAME #93 * ROAD GAME #43 * NIGHT GAME #68

Tonight, the Erie SeaWolves go for a season-high sixth straight win in game two of four against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond. Last night, Spenser Watkins hurled 8.2 innings in a 3-0 SeaWolves win. It was Erie's 12th shutout victory of the season. Tarik Skubal goes for Erie and is making his third Double-A start. In his first two starts, both against Akron, Skubal combined to strike out 21 batters in just 10 innings. In his past seven starts between Class-A Lakeland and Erie, the left-hander has allowed three earned runs in 40 innings (0.68 ERA). Brandon Lawson takes the mound for Richmond and is coming off of a win in his last start on July 14 at Harrisburg. In six innings, the right-hander allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out a pair. Lawson joined the Giants organization on April 26 on a minor league contact after being released by Tampa Bay on March 23. The 24-year old was a 12th round selection by Tampa Bay in 2016 out of the University of South Florida.

Sat., July 20 at Richmond 6:05 p.m. RHP Anthony Castro (3-2, 4.11 ERA) vs. LHP Caleb Baragar (2-3, 3.28 ERA)

Sun., July 21 at Richmond 1:05 p.m. RHP Casey Mize (6-0, 1.21 ERA) vs. RHP Alfred Gutierrez (6-4, 4.22 ERA)

Mon., July 22 at Altoona 6:30 p.m. RHP Alex Faedo (5-5, 3.64 ERA) vs. TBD

Tue., July 23 at Altoona 4:30 p.m. RHP Matt Manning (7-4, 2.81 ERA) vs. TBD

- INF Isaac Paredes is the No. 4 overall prospect, OF Derek Hill is No. 23 and OF Jose Azocar is No. 29

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

- The starting rotation now boasts six Top-30 Tigers talents: Casey Mize (currently on IL) is ranked the No. 1 prospect, Matt Manning is No. 2, Alex Faedo sits at No. 9, Logan Shore is No. 15, Tarik Skubal ranks No. 17 & Anthony Castro is No. 21

- The bullpen features No. 24 overall prospect Zac Houston

- Erie has slugged 18 home runs in their past 14 games, including 12 during this past homestand

- The SeaWolves stand at 20-21 on the road and own the league's second-lowest SLG (.338) & OPS (.652) away from home

- In all eight games since the All-Star break, Erie starters have gone 5.0+ innings and have struck out a league-best 53

- Erie and Richmond meet for the fifth of 14 times this season, an even split between UPMC Park (5/13-15 & 8/26-29) and The Diamond (7/18-21 & 8/19-21)

- The SeaWolves +55 run differential is first in the EL (+33 in second half) and the Flying Squirrels are last at -103

- Erie leads the Eastern League with a .249 batting average while Richmond is last at .220

- The 'Wolves are now tied for second in home runs (74) and Richmond ranks 10th (60)

- Erie has struck out 740 times (second-fewest in the EL) while Richmond has gone down on strikes 833 times (third-most)

- The SeaWolves pitching staff is tied for second in team ERA (3.26) while the Squirrels staff ranks 10th (3.74)

- Erie relievers have a 3.47 ERA (10th in the EL) and Richmond has a 3.50 ERA (11th)

- Erie pitching has held opponents to a .228 batting average which is second in the league

- Erie defense is third in fielding percentage (.981) while Richmond is last (.973)

- The SeaWolves went 4-2 vs. the Flying Squirrels in 2018 and 2-1 at The Diamond


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