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Erie SeaWolves vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels - Game Notes

May 15, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Erie SeaWolves News Release

ERIE SEAWOLVES (18-16, 2ND WEST, 7.5 GB 1st Half) VS. RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS (12-22, 5TH WEST, 13.5 GB 1st Half)




Today, the Erie SeaWolves look to take the series finale from the Richmond Flying Squirrels and remain perfect in series-deciding games. The SeaWolves are currently 5-0 in rubber matches. Erie evened the series last night when Sergio Alcantara drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 4-3. It was the first SeaWolves walk-off win of the year and first since July 13, 2018 when Jake Rogers drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to beat Altoona. Casey Mize makes his fourth start for the SeaWolves and is coming off a five-inning no-decision on May 10 at Altoona. Mize allowed his first two Double-A earned runs and surrendered a career-high seven hits in the start. He struck out four and walked one. Alfred Gutierrez goes for the Flying Squirrels, making his seventh start of the season. The 23-year old is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA across 22.2 innings and opponents are hitting .279 against him. Gutierrez took a loss in his last start on May 10 at Bowie, despite allowing one run in five innings while striking out four. The Venezuela native spent the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Detroit Tigers system after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The right-hander was a Mid-Season All-Star for High-A Lakeland in 2018 and debuted for the SeaWolves on July 13, 2018. He made seven starts for Erie and compiled a 6.09 ERA in 34 innings.

Thu., May 16 at Bowie 6:35 p.m. RHP Matt Manning (3-2, 2.40 ERA) vs. LHP Bruce Zimmerman (1-1, 2.53 ERA)

Fri., May 17 at Bowie 7:05 p.m. RHP Logan Shore (2-2, 4.32 ERA) vs. RHP Alfred Molina (2-4, 3.86 ERA)

Sat. May 18 at Bowie 6:35 p.m. RHP Alex Faedo (2-2, 4.05 ERA) vs. RHP Hunter Harvey (1-3, 6.23 ERA)

Sun. May 19 at Bowie 1:35 p.m. RHP Anthony Castro (1-0, 4.43 ERA) vs. LHP Zac Lowther (3-3, 2.17 ERA)

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

- INF Isaac Paredes is the No. 4 overall prospect and OF Jose Azocar is No. 28.

- INF Sergio Alcantara & LHP Gregory Soto are 40-man members, Alcantara is the No. 15 overall prospect and Soto is No. 26

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

- Erie's +52 run differential ranks first in the Eastern League, Richmond's -49 run differential is last

- Following last night's win, the SeaWolves are now are now 4-7 in games decided by one run

- After allowing 12 stolen bases through the first 32 games, Richmond has swiped five bags in the last two games

- Erie and Richmond meet 14 times (four total series) in 2019, an even split between UPMC Park (5/13-15 & 8/26-29) and The Diamond (7/18-21 & 8/19-21)

- A pair of 2019 SeaWolves (LHP's Nick Ramirez & Soto) made their MLB-debuts four nights ago (5/11) against Minnesota

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

- After hitting 11 home runs through the first 23 games of the season, Erie has now slugged 10 in their past 10 games

- Matt Manning's outing on 5/5 was the 10th time this season an Erie starter has gone 5.0+ innings without allowing an ER

- Erie now has four multi-error games this season (5/9 vs. AKR, 5/2 vs. BOW, 4/20 vs. BNG, 4/9 vs. ALT), they have commit-ted the second-fewest errors (20), only behind Altoona (16)

- Erie pitching ranks 4th in the league in team ERA (3.23), Richmond is ninth (4.09)

- The SeaWolves pitching staff is second in WHIP (1.16), while the Squirrels rank ninth (1.37)

- Erie leads the Eastern League with a team batting average of .262 (second in Double-A), while Richmond is ninth at .225

- SeaWolves hitters have struck out 268 times (fewest in the EL), while Flying Squirrels batters have gone down on strikeouts 288 times (fifth-fewest)

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