PP Game Notes: Sea Dogs 9, Thunder 1

The Trenton Thunder started the second half of their season with a 9-1 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs in front of a season high 7,986 fans at Waterfront Park. This one simply got away early when Kevin Brown (0-1), on a rehab assignment, threw only 37 pitches and completed only two innings while giving up five runs, three earned.

Brown gave up hits to three of the first four men he faced and then Bronson Sardinha committed his eighth error of the year before Brown allowed singles to the next two hitters. Brown threw 23 pitches in the first inning.

Ryan Cameron threw 80 pitches in his four innings of work, making a spot start for the Sea Dogs who are short three starters due to injury. Cameron threw four innings of shutout ball before Juan Perez came on and pitched the next three to get the win. Perez improved to 5-0 on the year, but failed to keep his 0.00 ERA against Trenton this year intact. Perez gave up a homer to Sardinha, the first batter he faced, on a 1-2 pitch that the Thunder third baseman deposited over the right center field wall to account for the only Thunder run of the game.

Matt Smith came on behind Brown for Trenton and gave up four earned runs in his four and two thirds innings of work. According to manager Stump Merrill, Smith will work out of the bullpen depending on the recovery of Matt DeSalvo.

Despite the lopsided score, Merrill said that his team had chances early in the game that they didn't capitalize on. Merrill was referring to the fact that his team left the bases loaded in the first and fourth innings as well as leaving 12 runners on during the course of the game.

Craig Wilson has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games since returning to the Thunder from the Disabled List…Bronson Sardinha has committed seven errors in his 20 games with the Thunder. At the same time, though, he is hitting .297 with four home runs and 12 RBIs….All of Aaron Rifkin's 14 home runs this year, including Sunday's three run walk-off against Norwich, have come against right-handed starting pitchers….Andy Cannizaro has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and has reached base in 28 of his last 30 games….Jason Grove is hitting .500 (5-10) with two runs scored and three runs batted in in his last three games….Omar Fuentes has runs batted in in four of his last five games in addition to having the highest percentage of base runners thrown out of any catcher on the team….David Parrish, the other catcher on the Thunder roster has hit safely in eight of his nine games with the Thunder.….Pitching match ups for the rest of the weekend against the Portland Sea Dogs have RHP Ramon Ramirez (1-2) going against Eric Glaser (1-3) tomorrow night, Sean Henn (4-3) taking on Abe Alvarez (8-6) on Saturday, and concluding with Chien-ming Wang (5-5) facing off against Josh Stevens (4-6)in the series finale on Sunday.

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