LANCASTER, Calif. - Palmdale native Mylz Jones hit a three-run homer to break open the game early and the JetHawks held on late to knock off the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, 9-5, on Monday night at The Hangar.
Jones's blast, his second of the season, highlighted a four-run fourth inning and put the JetHawks up 8-3. Jones was the first batter Quakes reliever Alex Hermeling faced, after the JetHawks knocked out starter Yadier Alvarez following only 2.1 innings on the hill. Sam Hilliard led off the inning with a solo home run off of Alvarez.
The JetHawks put up 13 hits on the night, led by three from Garrett Hampson. The top four hitters in the order for Lancaster (Hampson, Forrest Wall, Hilliard, and Brian Mundell) combined to go 9-for-15 with two walks, four RBI, and seven runs scored.
After the Quakes scored twice in the top of the first, the JetHawks answered with three in the bottom half. Hampson led off with a single and Wall tripled him home. Rancho Cucamonga tied the game with a run in the top of the second, but Wall put the JetHawks in front to stay on his RBI single in the bottom of the frame.
The Quakes got back into the game with a pair of runs in the seventh, both coming on a two-run double by Omar Estevez, but left the bases loaded against Lancaster reliever Huascar Brazoban. The right-hander tossed 1.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen.
In the ninth inning, Rancho Cucamonga put two on with two out, but ultimately left the tying run in the on-deck circle. Alexander Guillen struck out two in the inning to close out the game for the JetHawks.
Trey Killian (2-0) struck out six over five innings to earn the win for the JetHawks. He is the first pitcher on the staff to reach two victories this season.
Alvarez (0-1) suffered the loss in his High-A debut for Rancho Cucamonga. He allowed seven runs on nine hits and walked two in his 2.1 innings of work.
Game two of the four-game series is Tuesday night at The Hangar. Right-hander Colin Welmon (1-0) will start for Lancaster against right-hander Mitchell White (1-0). First pitch is 6:35 p.m.
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