Starting lineups for Monday’s Eastern League game between the Altoona Curve and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Altoona Curve (8-13): 1. Brock Holt SS, 2. Elevys Gonzalez 2B, 3. Adalberto Santos RF, 4. Matt Curry 1B, 5. Tony Sanchez C, 6. Ramon Cabrera DH, 7. Jeremy Farrell 3B, 8. Quincy Latimore CF, 9. Anthony Norman LF.
Starting pitcher: Nathan Baker LH (2-2, 2.51 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves (9-12): 1. Niuman Romero SS, 2. Brandon Douglas 2B, 3. Rob Brantly DH, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Ben Guez LF, 6. Bryan Pounds 3B, 7. John Murrian C, 8. Michael Rockett RF, 9. Jamie Johnson CF.
Starting pitcher: Zack Segovia (1-2, 3.74 ERA).
– Mike Copper
The SeaWolves resume their current homestand with Monday’s game against the Curve, but begin what are ultimately eight consecutive games against their western Pennsylvania rivals at Uht Park.
The first four will run through Thursday. After Erie returns from a road trip to Reading and Akron, it returns here for another four vs. Altoona from May 10-13.
The Curve, who took two of three when the teams met in their 2012 Eastern League opening series at Peoples Natural Gas Field, arrive in Erie on a three-game losing streak. That included Sunday’s doubleheader sweep by Akron at Canal Park.
Altoona is paced by Adalberto Santos. The outfielder began Monday with a league-best .404 batting average and the second-best, on-base percentage at .483.
Right-hander Brandon Cumpton, who’s scheduled to start Tuesday’s game for the Curve, is listed the Pittsburgh Pirates’ No. 28 prospect according to Baseball America’s 2012 handbook. Other notables on Altoona’s roster are catcher Tony Sanchez (No. 7), outfielder Robbie Grossman (No. 8) and pitcher Victor Black (No. 19).
Erie first baseman Jordan Lennerton and Bowie’s Tyler Townsend remain tied for the league lead in home runs at six. Catcher Rob Brantly continues to impress in his first Double-A assignment, as attested by his .365 batting average and league-leading .603 slugging percentage.
Altoona and Erie have scheduled starts of 6:35 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Their series concludes with an 11:05 a.m. school day game.
Probable starting pitchers for the series are: Altoona LH Nathan Baker (2-2, 2.51 ERA) vs. Erie RH Zack Segovia (1-2, 3.74 ERA) on Monday; RH Brandon Cumpton (2-2, 3.60) vs. LH Jared Wesson (2-1, 5.91) on Tuesday; … vs. LH Kelvin De La Cruz (1-2, 3.05) on Wednesday; and … vs. RH James Avery (3-1, 2.42) on Thursday.
Manager P.J. Forbes will be absent from Altoona’s dugout for Monday’s game because of back problems. It wasn’t immediately known if pitching coach Jeff Johnson and hitting coach Ryan Long would be in charge.
Forbes is expected to be back with the Curve on Tuesday.
The SeaWolves get their latest chance to end a winless streak in series openers. They’re 0-7 for such games.
Erie also will try to improve upon a 3-7 record at Uht Park, a statistic not lost on Chris Cron.
“You always hear about home cooking, but it seems like it’s been the other way for us,” the SeaWolves manager said.
Erie took two of three games each against Bowie and Trenton during their last road trip. They also split an abbreviated two-game series at Binghamton before that.
SeaWolves president Greg Coleman announced the particulars for the May 14 broadcast of “All Bets are Off” at Uht Park. The SportsTime Ohio talk show, hosted by Bruce Drennan, will be live from 3 to 6 p.m. along the stadium’s first base concourse.
Ashley Collins of STO also will interview fans during the broadcast.
Uht Park’s gates will open early at 2:45 that day to allow fans to watch the broadcast before the SeaWolves and Akron Aeros begin at 6:35. Akron is the Cleveland Indians’ Double-A affiliate.
“All Bets are Off” can be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 23 in Erie.
Trenton infielder Yadil Mujica and Reading right-hander Tyler Cloyd are the Eastern League’s latest player and pitcher of the week winners for the week. Mujica’s honor was based in part on the five hits he recorded during last week’s three-game series against Erie at Waterfront Park.
Tim Federowicz drove in one run and scored another in the Albuquerque (N.M.) Isotopes’ 5-2 victory at New Orleans in Sunday’s Pacific Coast League action. The Erie native is hitting .299 as the regular catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate.
Albuquerque was 13-11 in the league’s American Conference Southern Division going into Monday’s home series opener against Oklahoma City.
Officials from Mandalay Baseball Properties were on hand for Monday’s groundbreaking of renovations for the new PNC Field in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate is playing its entire 2012 International League season on the road so the new $43 million facility can be completed by next season.
Mandalay also owns the SeaWolves.