06/02/2003 11:13 PM ET
Brown is NL Pitcher of the Month
LOS ANGELES -- Dodger pitcher Kevin Brown, on track for the National League Comeback Player of the Year award, on Monday was named NL Pitcher of the Month for May.
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Brown, returning from two operations and two years of physical misery, was 5-0 with a 1.02 ERA in six starts for the month. He allowed five earned runs and 28 hits in 44 innings, struck out 36 and walked seven. He received all but one vote from the panel of voting national baseball media. Houston's Billy Wagner received the other vote.v
On the season, the 38-year-old Brown is 7-1 with a league-leading 2.02 ERA and has allowed one earned run or fewer in nine of his 12 starts. Four of his wins have come after Dodger losses. Brown also won the award while pitching for the Florida Marlins in August of 1996.
The last Dodger pitcher to win the award was reliever Eric Gagne last June. Brown is the first Dodger starting pitcher to be named Pitcher of the Month since Chan Ho Park in July of 1998, the second-longest drought for the organization since the award was established in 1975.
Brown won more games in May than he did the entire 2002 season, when he went 3-4 and was shelved with surgery for a ruptured disk in his lower back. In 2001, he went 10-4, despite pitching much of the season with a torn muscle in his elbow that required September surgery.
"I can't say coming into this season I expected to be where I am at this point," Brown said Saturday after beating the Milwaukee Brewers, throwing eight scoreless innings. "I'm just doing everything I can to stay that way. I'm doing everything I can to stay in focus and not let anybody down."
Brown said he is feeling better physically than he has at any point since the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This article was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.