LANCASTER, Calif. - The JetHawks fell to the Modesto Nuts, 12-3, on Sunday evening in the team's biggest loss of the season at The Hangar.
Taylor Featherston put Modesto on the board early with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning against JetHawks starter Mike Hauschild (0-1). Hauschild, who was making his Cal League debut, allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed two home runs.
Lancaster was able to tie the game in the first inning against the Cal League's top starter Dan Winkler (12-3). The right-hander walked the first two batters he faced and Tyler Heineman picked up a run with a sac fly and Matt Duffy singled in a run to tie the game.
The Nuts would take the lead in the third and then in the fourth, Harold Riggins hit a home run off Hauschild, his first of two homers in the game.
Kyle Hallock entered the game to pitch the fifth in his return to the JetHawks and allowed four runs in the fifth inning as Modesto broke the game open. Hallock would end up allowing six runs on eight hits over two innings of work. Riggins added two runs with a double off Hallock.
Blair Walters entered the game in the seventh inning and pitched out of a jam. He gave up Riggin's second home run to leadoff the ninth inning.
Lancaster's final run came in the fourth inning. Heineman tripled and scored on a Duffy sacrifice fly.
The JetHawks (17-8, 56-39) take on the Nuts (14-11, 46-49) in the rubber game of the series on Monday night at 7:00 pm. David Rollins (7-5, 4.01) will make the start for Lancaster.
Fans who donate a new toy at the Box Office prior to the game will receive a free ticket to the game for Make A Difference Monday.
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