Wall ties game in ninth before Nuts rally to win

JetHawks swept after bullpen allows three runs in three innings

By Jason Schwartz / Lancaster JetHawks | April 16, 2017 1:46 AM ET

MODESTO, Calif. - Forrest Wall blasted a home run with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game just before the Modesto Nuts rallied for a run in bottom of the inning to beat the JetHawks, 4-3, on Saturday night at John Thurman Field.

The JetHawks (3-7) rallied to tie the game on three separate occasions but the Nuts (6-4) followed with a run to retake the lead each time.

Braden Bishop lined a one-out single to centerfield against reliever Alexander Guillen (0-2) in the ninth inning. A single moved Bishop to second and a wild pitch advanced him to third base before he scurried home safely on Logan Taylor's softly-hit ground ball to shortstop Garrett Hampson.

The walk-off win for Modesto completed a sweep of the JetHawks. Lancaster was outscored 21-5 in the series.

Craig Schlitter worked a career-high six innings in his second start of the season, allowing just one run on six hits with six strikeouts. The only run he allowed came in the second inning on a Bishop infield single with the bases loaded.

The JetHawks tied the game, 1-1, in the sixth inning against Nuts starter Nathan Bannister. Hampson singled and moved to third on a Sam Hilliard hit before scoring on a Brian Mundell sac-fly.

Salvador Justo entered from the bullpen and allowed a go-ahead run. Jordan Cowan doubled with two outs and came around to score on two Justo wild pitched.

Lancaster answered in the top of the eighth to tie the game, 2-2, when Roberto Ramos singled home Hilliard with two outs.

Justo was unable to keep the game tied. Ricky Eusebio doubled with two outs and scored on a base-hit from pinch-hitter Chris Mariscal.

Hilliard went 3-for-4 with a triple, recording his second-straight three-hit game. Chris Rabago also added a triple.

The JetHawks return to action on Monday as they welcome the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to The Hangar to begin a four-game series. Trey Killian (1-0) is scheduled to start the 6:35 p.m. game.   

The JetHawks are in their first season as a Colorado Rockies affiliate in 2017. Full season, Hawks Packs and group tickets are available now at jethawks.com, or by calling (661) 726-5400.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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