Thursday, July 15, 2004
By Bill Cook
Portland scored four runs in the 1st Inning off rehabbing right-hander Kevin Brown and went on to beat Trenton, 9-1, in Eastern League play on Thursday night.
Brown (0-1), on the disabled list for the New York Yankees, threw two innings in a rehabilitation start for Trenton. He gave up seven hits and five runs while throwing 36 pitches in the two innings. Two of the five runs that Brown surrendered were unearned and 22 of his 36 pitches were strikes.
Brown, who has not appeared in a game for New York since June 9th, is recovering from a back injury and an intestinal parasite. He is the second Yankee to make a rehabilitation appearance with the Thunder this season. Kenny Lofton has had two stints with Trenton this season. He appeared April 30th, and May 1st as well as June 10th and June 11th.
The big hit in the 1st Inning for Portland (43-48) was a two-run single by 1B Joe Killburg. After increasing its lead to 5-0 in the second, the Sea Dogs added two more runs in the 3rd Inning on a Kenny Perez two-run homer.
The lone run of the night for Trenton (43-45) was on a Bronson Sardinha solo home run, his fifth of the year, to lead off the fifth inning. Trenton had its chances, as they left the bases loaded twice on the night. The Thunder were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Juan Perez (5-0) threw three innings of middle relief to record the victory for Portland. He allowed two hits and only the one run. Portland starter Ryan Cameron only went four innings but limited the Thunder to five hits.
The series will continue on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. as Ramon Ramirez (1-2) will take the ball for Trenton against Portland's Eric Glaser (1-3).
Thursday night's crowd of 7,986 was Trenton's largest crowd of the season and seventh largest in franchise history. The largest crowd ever at Waterfront Park came May 10, 2003 during Derek Jeter's rehabilitation stint when the paid crowd was 8,729.
Portland 9 14 1
WP- Juan Perez (5-0)
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