South Jersey Baseball:
Sunday, September 11, 2005
By Dan Loney
(Portland, ME)- Portland got home runs from Hanley Ramirez, Brandon Moss, Jeremy West and Scott Youngbauer en route to a 6-2 win over the Thunder in Game #5 of the Northern Division Championship. The Thunder, who were in the playoffs for the first time since 1999, were eliminated with the defeat.
Trenton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st Inning as 2B Gabe Lopez walked, moved to 2nd Base on a passed ball and scored on a double by CF Melky Cabrera. They scored against Portland starter Wade Miller, down on a rehab from the Boston Red Sox. But the Sea Dogs responded with an RBI single from 1B Jeremy West in the bottom of the first.
Then Portland started the "longball" attack. Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer off Thunder starter Jeremy King to take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd Inning. King allowed two runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. After the Thunder tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the 3rd Inning, RF Brandon Moss added a solo homer to put Portland ahead, 3-2. A two-run homer from 1B Jeremy West in the 5th Inning and a solo shot from 2B Scott Youngbauer in the 6th Inning made it a 6-2 game in the 6th Inning.
Thunder reliever Danny Borrell took the loss allowing three runs in 2 2/3 innings. Borrell (0-1) walked one and struck out four. The win went to Sea Dogs reliever Chris Smith, who worked 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Smith (1-0) allowed two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
The Thunder season concludes with the loss. Portland will play either Altoona or Akron in the Eastern League Championship Series.