Boston’s Crawford solid for Sea Dogs; Ellsbury joins Portland club Wednesday

Posted July 03, 2012, at 10:52 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford singled, walked twice and scored a run for the Portland Sea Dogs but Boston’s Double-A affiliate lost to the Trenton Thunder 11-3 Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

Crawford played seven innings and had four plate appearances in his debut with the Portland Sea Dogs. He patrolled left field, had one putout, made a diving attempt on a ball hit to him, and made a couple of throws from left on base hits by the Thunder. He also fouled a ball off of his right knee in the third inning, but remained in the game.

Crawford, who is on a rehab assignment while recovering from left wrist surgery and a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, played five games in the Red Sox’s Gulf Coast League (Class A) affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., before joining the Sea Dogs.

Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is also on a rehab assignment and is expected to join the Sea Dogs for their Wednesday game in Manchester, N.H.., against the Fisher Cats. Ellsbury is recovering from a partially dislocated right shoulder.

On Tuesday night, the Sea Dogs took a 1-0 lead into the third inning, but the Thunder offense erupted for five runs on four hits and never looked back. Zoilo Almonte put the Thunder in front for good with a three-run home run to center with one out. Trenton plated two more runs in the inning to take a 5-1 lead.

Portland jumped out to an early lead in the first when Crawford drew a leadoff walk, stole third, and scored on Bryce Brentz’s sacrifice fly to right field. Marquez Smith drove in the second run for the Sea Dogs with an RBI single to right that plated Brentz.

The Thunder upped their lead in the fifth on a Luke Murton two-run shot that cleared the message center in left-center. The HRwas Murton’s 17th of the season and third in as many games. A solo shot in the sixth off the bat of Addison Maruszak put the Thunder in front 8-2. Trenton wrapped up the offensive attack with a three-run seventh inning.

Portland picked up an unearned run in the seventh, but that would be all the Sea Dogs could muster. Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in Ryan Dent on a single to right field for Portland’s final run. Trenton’s starter Shaeffer Hall (7-6) delivered 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs, one earned on six hits. The lefty walked four and struck out two for the win.

In total, the Portland pitching staff used four pitchers and allowed 11 runs on 15 hits. Anthony Ranaudo (1-3) lasted just three innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits. He hit a batter and walked a batter, but did not record a strikeout. Chris Balcom-Miller and Chorye Spoone were the first two out of the Portland bullpen and each allowed three more runs over the next five innings. Josh Fields was the only pitcher that did not allow a run.

The Sea Dogs hit the road for a six-game road trip that begins Wednesday with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Fisher Cats. Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel (2-4, 5.82) will get the start for the Sea Dogs. New Hampshire will send righty Chad Jenkins (4-7, 4.91) to the hill.

The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field following the all-star break for eight games, a four-game series with the Fisher Cats, followed by three against the Reading Phillies.

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