SeaWolves prepare for playoffs against same opponent

The SeaWolves made franchise history last fall by sweeping Richmond in the Southwest Division playoff series.

It was the very first time the SeaWolves had actually ever won a playoff series and Erie showed up simply one win except winning the Eastern League title.

The ‘Wolves rollovered that momentum into the 2023 season and controlled the very first half of the year to clinch back-to-back playoff areas for the very first time in franchise history. Just like in 2015, Erie requires 4 wins over 2 series to win the league champion, and likewise like in 2015, it begins with getting 2 wins versus Richmond.

The Southwest Division Series begins Tuesday as the ‘Wolves dip into Richmond in Game 1 at 6:35 p.m. prior to Game 2 is at UPMC Park on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. If the series is connected at one win each, the 3rd and choosing video game is Friday at UPMC Park at 6:35 p.m.

Erie SeaWolves beginning pitcher Brant Hurter tosses versus the Richmond Flying Squirrels at UPMC Park in Erie on Sept. 12, 2023.

Here are 3 secrets for the upcoming playoff series:

Dealing with travel

One of the huge barriers the ‘Wolves conquered in 2015 was the long and instant travel. The SeaWolves ended the routine season in 2022 in Richmond however after winning the 2nd half, they needed to take a trip back to Erie for Game 1 less than two days after leaving Virginia. The 2 groups then left right now for Games 2 and 3 back in Richmond 2 days after Game 1.

The ‘Wolves likewise handled fast travel to Erie and after that Somerset for the league champion series last fall.

“We talked about the travel for a while now. We really started talking about it after we won the first half knowing we were going to have to go somewhere right away for Game 1,” stated SeaWolves supervisor Gabe Alvarez. “It’ll be fun.”

The SeaWolves are among 2 groups in the Eastern League with roadway records above .500 at 40-28. Somerset had the very best roadway record at 42-26. The SeaWolves ended up 7-5 in 2 journeys to Richmond this season.

The SeaWolves celebrate the first playoff series win in franchise history.

The SeaWolves commemorate the very first playoff series win in franchise history.

Clean baseball

One of the huge secrets to the ‘Wolves’ run in 2015 was playing mistake-free baseball in the playoffs.

“We need to play clean baseball and make the plays in the field defensively,” Alvarez stated. “We need clutch hits and that’s how games have gone when we play Richmond. Pitching, defense and timely hits are how you win in the playoffs.”

The SeaWolves ended up the routine season with the fourth-best protective group in the Eastern League. The ‘Wolves had a fielding portion of .979, while Richmond was seventh at .978.

Erie ended up second in the league by striking .252 with runners in scoring position, while Richmond was 4th with a .247 average.

Relying on potential customers

The SeaWolves and Flying Squirrels have leading 30 potential customers to blaze a trail in this series. It begins with 2nd baseman Jace Jung for Erie. He is the No. 4 possibility for the Detroit Tigers and has actually been a difference-maker considering that reaching Double-A with a .284 average and 14 crowning achievement. The SeaWolves have the No. 3 possibility for Detroit in beginning pitcher Jackson Jobe, however he began Sunday and will not pitch in the department series.

Starting pitcher Ty Madden is the No. 6 possibility for the Tigers and a strong prospect to begin Game 2 on Thursday. Madden is 3-4 with a 3.43 period in 26 video games, consisting of 25 starts, for the ‘Wolves this season. Wilmer Flores is another beginning pitcher for Erie as the No. 7 possibility. He pitched on Saturday and will likely not be offered today.

Brant Hurter, the No. 12 possibility for the Tigers, is the most likely Game 1 beginning pitcher on Tuesday. Hurter is 6-7 with a 3.28 period in 26 starts this season. Danny Serretti is a middle infielder and the No. 25 possibility for the Tigers, while relief pitcher Tyler Mattison is No. 28. Serretti and Mattison might both play essential functions today.

Richmond, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, has numerous potential customers blazing a trail. Carson Whisenhunt is technically Richmond’s leading possibility at No. 3 however he is on the hurt list. Hayden Birdsong, the No. 10 possibility for the Giants, is a beginning pitcher who permitted 4 operate on 4 hits in 4 innings in a loss to the SeaWolves on Friday and might not pitch this series. Outfielder Vaun Brown is the No. 13 possibility however is likewise on the hurt list in addition to pitcher Landen Roupp, the No. 15 possibility for the Giants.

Pitcher Carson Seymour, the No. 23 possibility for the Giants, tossed 5 strong innings versus the SeaWolves on No. 12 and might begin Game 1 or 2 today.

Recapping the 2022 Southwest Division Series

Game 1

Score: Erie 9, Richmond 3

Site: UPMC Park

Winning pitcher: Reese Olson

Summary: In front of a raucous crowd of 4,739 fans, Reese Olson controlled on the mound and the SeaWolves went 6-for-13 at the plate with runners in scoring position. Olson, who pitched for the Tigers this season, set out 9 and permitted simply a solo crowning achievement to Brandon Martorano in 5 strong innings. Andrew Navigato had 4 hits, while Danny Serretti went 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored, consisting of a three-run crowning achievement, for the ‘Wolves.

Game 2

Score: Erie 6, Richmond 2

Site: The Diamond, Richmond

Winning pitcher: Carlos Guzman

Summary: The SeaWolves leapt out to a 2-0 lead in the very first inning on a two-run single by red-hot Danny Serretti, however Richmond connected the video game one inning later on. With the stress structure and a crowd of 9,159 beginning to end up being agitated, SeaWolves power player and league MVP Quincy Nieporte blasted a three-run crowning achievement in the 5th inning. The Erie bullpen took over from there as Carlos Guzman tossed 2 scoreless innings, Adam Wolf tossed 3 nothing innings and Brendan White tossed a scoreless ninth inning to offer the SeaWolves their very first playoff series win in franchise history.

This post initially appeared on Erie Times-News: SeaWolves and Flying Squirrels square off in Eastern League playoffs

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