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Erie SeaWolves vs. Reading Fightin Phils - Game Notes

August 14, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Erie SeaWolves News Release

ERIE SEAWOLVES (37-15, 1ST WEST, +2.0 GA 2nd Half) VS. READING FIGHTIN PHILS (32-21, 1ST EAST, +5.0 GA 2nd Half)




Tonight, the Erie SeaWolves go for back-to-back wins against the Reading Fightin Phils at UPMC Park. Last night, the Erie offense pounded out 16 hits and Derek Hill slugged his 14th home run of the season to aid Erie in a 10-5 series opening victory. Anthony Castro takes the mound tonight for the SeaWolves and is making his first start since August 1 when he shut out Binghamton for seven innings. As a starter this season, Castro is 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 14 starts (66.0 IP). As a reliever, in nine appearances, he owns a 10.69 ERA in 16.0 IP with 18 walks. The right-hander is making his second start against the Phils after going a scoreless inning in a suspended game on May 30. Connor Seabold goes for Reading and has not allowed more than two earned runs in three Double-A starts this season. His last time out on August 7 versus Hartford, the right-hander tossed six innings and surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits. He was third-round selection by Philadelphia in 2017.

Thu., August 15 vs. Reading 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Manning (10-4, 2.57 ERA) vs. RHP Colton Eastman (1-0, 2.16 ERA)

Fri., August 16 vs. Akron 7:05 p.m. LHP Joey Wentz (1-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. TBD

Sat., August 17 vs. Akron 7:05 p.m. RHP Casey Mize (6-3, 3.22 ERA) vs. TBD

Sun., August 18 vs. Akron 1:35 p.m. LHP Tarik Skubal (1-1, 1.86 ERA) vs. TBD

- INF Isaac Paredes is ranked the No. 5 overall prospect & OF Derek Hill is No. 28

- INF Sergio Alcantara is a 40-man member and is the No. 15 overall prospect

- The Erie pitching staff now boasts seven Top 30 Tigers talents (MLB Pipeline): Casey Mize is ranked the No. 1 prospect (No.

1 pitching prospect in MiLB), Matt Manning is No. 2, Tarik Skubal is No. 4, Alex Faedo sits at No. 9, Joey Wentz comes in atNo. 10, Anthony Castro is No. 20, and Alex Lange ranks No. 29

- Last night was the second time in a week that Erie collected 16 or more hits in a game (season-high 20, August 7 at POR)

- Derek Hill set the franchise record last night for most home runs in a single-season from the leadoff spot (14)

- Isaac Paredes set the franchise record for most consecutive multi-hit games (7) from July 27 - August 3

- The SeaWolves enjoyed their best month of July (20-6) since 1997 when they went 22-7

- Erie is now 22-8 in its past 30 games and 19 of those games have been decided by three runs or fewer

- In 24 of their 34 games since the All-Star break, Erie starters have gone 5.0+ IP and have struck out a league-best 201

- Tonight is the eighth of nine meetings this season between Reading and Erie (six at FirstEnergy Stadium; May 28-30 & April June 11-13... three at UPMC Park; August 13-15)

- The SeaWolves +89 run differential is first in the EL (+67 in second half) and Reading's +27 is 3rd (+14 in second half)

- Erie leads the Eastern League with a .252 batting average while Reading is 10th at .237

- The Fightin Phils rank first in the league in home runs (104) and Erie is second (100)

- The SeaWolves pitching staff is second in team ERA (3.33) while the Fightin Phils staff ranks sixth (3.61)

- Erie relievers have a 3.50ERA (11th in the EL) and Reading has a 2.98 ERA (third)

- Erie pitching has held opponents to a .231 batting average which second in the league

- Both Erie and Reading are tied for the best defense in the Eastern League (.982)

- The SeaWolves went 11-4 vs. the Fightin Phils in 2018 and 5-2 at UPMC Park

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