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Erie SeaWolves vs. Bowie Baysox - Game Notes

May 5, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Erie SeaWolves News Release

ERIE Piñatas (13-12, 3RD WEST, 9.0 GB 1st Half) VS. Cangrejos Fantasmas (7-22, 6TH WEST, 16.0 GB 1st Half)

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RHP MATT MANNING (2-1, 2.38) vs. MARCOS MOLINA (1-3, 4.03) SUNDAY, MAY 5 *1:35 PM * BROADCAST: FOX SPORTS RADIO 1330 AM, SEAWOLVES.COM, MILB.TV

UPMC PARK * GAME #26 * HOME GAME #16 * DAY GAME #9

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Today, the Erie becomes the Piñatas as they try to win their fifth series of 2019, after defeating the Bowie Baysox yesterday, 6-1. It is the first of four times Erie will don the Piñatas uniforms as a part of the Copa de la Diversion initiative by Minor League Baseball. Erie has hit three home runs for a second consecutive game as the offense who had not scored more than four runs in nine straight days entering the series, has now scored 11 times in the past two games. Matt Manning will toe the rubber for the Piñatas, coming off his first loss of the season on April 30 at Altoona. The right-hander currently leads the Eastern League in strikeouts (41), BAA (.141, and is second in WHIP (0.73). Manning will be opposed by Marcos Molina for the Baysox, who is coming off winning his first decision of the season, on April 30 vs. Richmond. In two starts against Erie, Molina has tossed 11.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits, with eight strikeouts. The former Mets farmhand was signed by New York as a free agent back in 2012, spending six seasons in the system, before being released this past offseason and signed by Baltimore.

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Tue., May 7 vs. Akron 6:05 p.m. TBD vs. LHP Tanner Tully (2-2, 4.33)

Wed., May 8 vs. Akron 6:05 p.m. TBD vs. RHP Jake Paulson (2-0, 4.91)

Thu., May 9 vs. Akron 10:35 p.m. TBD vs. LHP Sam Hentges (1-4, 6.26)

Fri., May 10 at Altoona 6:35 p.m. TBD vs. TBD

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- The roster includes 10, Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, and two members of the Detroit Tigers 40-man roster

- Both INF Sergio Alcantara & LHP Gregory Soto are on the Detroit 40-man roster, Alcantara is listed as the No. 15 prospect, while Soto is No. 26

- INF Isaac Paredes is the No. 4 overall prospect, C Jake Rogers is No. 13, and OF Jose Azocar is No. 30.

- The starting rotation now features five Top-30 Tigers talents: RHP Casey Mize is ranked the No.1 prospect, RHP Matt Manning is No. 2, Alex Faedo sits at No. 10 and Logan Shore is No. 16 (Soto included)

- The bullpen features returner and No. 24 prospect Anthony Castro

- After hitting just 10 home runs through the first 23 games of the season, Erie have now slugged six in the last two games

- Mize's outing last night was the 9th time this season an Erie starter has gone 5.0+ innings without allowing an earned run

- Erie owns a +36 run differential, 3rd best in the league... Only one other sub-.500 has a positive differential (HFD, +9)

- Erie has now committed more than one error in just three games this season (5/2 vs. BOW, 4/20 vs. BNG, 4/9 vs. ALT), they are tied for the least errors (13) in the league

- Casey Mize threw the third 9.0 inning no-hitter in franchise history (4th no-hitter) on 4/29 at Altoona -- the others were Thad Weber on August 22, 2009 & Elvin Hernandez on August 24, 1995

- Erie RHP Alex Faedo was named EL Pitcher of the Week for his performance the week of 4/21-28 (1-0, 7 IP, 0 H, 5 K, 1 BB)

- The SeaWolves went 8-13 vs. the Baysox in 2018 and 5-6 at UPMC Park

- SeaWolves have been swept twice in 2019 (vs. BNG 4/18-20 & at TRE 4/26-28) - Swept seven times in 2018

- Erie's sweep in Bowie was the first since 4/27-29/10 (SeaWolves swept just one road series in 2018, at Trenton (6/15-17)

- Erie RHP Matt Manning was named EL Pitcher of the Week for his performance the week of 4/4-14 (2-0, 0.75 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, .054 AVG, 15 K, 12 IP)

- Erie pitching ranks 4th in the league in team ERA (3.10), Bowie is last (4.33)

- Bowie's pitching has walked the 5th-most batters in the league (95), while Erie is 3rd-fewest (80)

- Erie leads the Eastern League with a team batting average of .262, while Bowie is last at .206

- The SeaWolves have allowed the fewest base stealers in the league (6), Rogers has thrown out 86% (6-for-7 CS)

- Erie's pitching staff has allowed the 3rd-most home runs (21) in the league, Bowie is last (36) in HRA


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