South Jersey Baseball:
Monday, August 2, 2004
By Bill Cook
The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and the Eastern League announced today that Trenton Thunder RHP Justin Pope has been named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week for the week ending August 1st.
Pope, a native of Lake Worth, Florida, went 1-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA for the Thunder last week. In his first and only start of the week, the 24-year old struck out 10 batters and walked only one while tossing a complete game one-hitter against the Norwich Navigators at Waterfront Park.
Pope carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a two-out single to Norwich third baseman Michael Cervenak. Following Cervenak’s single, Pope retired the final seven batters of the game to record the second one-hitter in franchise history.
Justin, who is 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 games with the Thunder, was acquired by the New York Yankees in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on August 22, 2003 for LHP Sterling Hitchcock. Pope, was an All-American pitcher at University of Central Florida and selected in the 1st Round (28th Overall) of the 2001 June Draft.
Pope’s Pitching Line for the week ending August 1, 2004:
Pope’s Pitching Line for the season:
Pope joins Thunder Pitchers Javier Ortiz, Chien-ming Wang, along with 1B Aaron Rifkin and OF Mitch Jones as Thunder players to receive a weekly award from the Eastern League this season. Jones was named Player of the Week for the week ending July 11th, Ortiz was named the Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 30, Rifkin was named Player of the Week for the week ending May 23 and Wang was named Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 25.
The Thunder begin a four-game series with the Binghamton Mets tonight at 7:05PM at Waterfront Park. Sean Henn (4-5) starts for Trenton against Binghamton’s Jason Scobie (4-2).