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Lead slips away from Ballew, 'Hawks07/16/2013 1:51 AM ET
By Jason Schwartz / Lancaster JetHawks
LANCASTER, Calif. - The Modesto Nuts scored nine runs over the final two innings to come back and beat the JetHawks, 12-7, in a rubber game on Monday night at The Hangar.
Lancaster led 7-1 after five innings before Modesto began to chip away. The Nuts shrunk the lead to 7-6 heading into the ninth inning before putting up six runs to jump ahead.
Travis Ballew (2-3) entered the game in the eighth inning for Jonas Dufek with runners on first and third and two outs. Ballew threw a wild pitch to allow a run to score and gave up a two-run homer to Will Swanner to bring Modesto close.
The Nuts started the ninth inning with back-to-back singles and then Ballew hit David Kandilas, who was trying to bunt, to load the bases. Trevor Story followed with a two-run double to put Modesto ahead and Taylor Featherston increased the lead with a two-run single.
Michael Dimock came in from the bullpen and gave up a two-run double to cap off the Nuts scoring.
The Nuts totaled 11 hits over the final four innings of the game. The JetHawks did not have a hit past the fifth inning.
Telvin Nash hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give the JetHawks an early 3-1 lead. After an unearned run in the fourth inning, M.P. Cokinos blasted a three-run homer in the fifth to put Lancaster up 7-1.
All of Lancaster's runs came against Nuts starter Ben Alsup. The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits.
JetHawks starter David Rollins was in line for the win after a six inning, three run performance. He allowed four hits and struck out five batters.
Bruce Kern (1-0) picked up the victory after throwing a scoreless eighth inning.
After an off day on Tuesday the JetHawks (17-9, 56-40) head to San Bernardino to begin a six game road trip. The first of three at Inland Empire will be on Wednesday at 7:05 pm. Luis Cruz (6-5, 4.97) will get the start for Lancaster.
All the action can be heard live on Newstalk 1380 and jethawks.com.
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