Jesse Wierzbicki and Dan Gulbransen both homered in a 13-9 loss against the High Desert Mavericks Saturday night at The Hangar.
In the eighth, Wierzbicki led off with a towering solo home run and Gulbransen blasted a two-run bomb to pick up his third RBI of the night. With bases loaded, Andrew Aplin drew a walk and M.P. Cokinos lined a single up the middle to bring the JetHawks trailing 13-9.
Carlos Perdomo was 3-for-3 with three singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Chris Epps also had two hits.
The JetHawks scored in the first after Perdomo blooped a single to left field, Andrew Aplin drew a walk, and M.P. Cokinos singled to load the bases. Epps tapped an infield RBI single and, after an overthrow ball by the High Desert second baseman, the JetHawks led 2-0. Wierzbicki followed with an RBI groundout to give Lancaster a 3-0 lead.
In the third, the Mavericks scored after three consecutive hits. High Desert scored in the fourth after a Michael Dowd sacrifice fly to center field to put the Mavericks within one. In the fifth, the Mavericks took a 4-3 lead after a two-run double to left center field by Pat Kivlehan.
Lancaster starting pitcher Brady Rodgers (9-8) threw five and 2/3 innings, struck out seven and allowed six runs. Walters threw one inning total, one out in the sixth and two outs in the seventh, and gave up five runs. Gera Sanchez came in with bases loaded in the seventh and gave up two runs, charged to Rodgers, on a single by Proscia.
In the sixth, Marte lined an RBI single to extend the Mavericks lead 5-3. Blair Walters came in to pitch and was welcomed with a Kevin Rivers RBI double to right. Pat Kivlehan blasted a two-run homerun to pick up his fourth RBI of the game. Guillermo Pimentel added a two-run shot to give High Desert a 10-3 lead.
Jabari Henry hit a solo shot in the seventh to give the Mavericks their 11th run of the game. Three more hits put High Desert ahead 13-3.
The Jethawks (33-21, 72-52) will take on High Desert in the final game of the home stand tomorrow night; first pitch is at 7:00 pm. Lancaster will send Colton Cain (6-5) to the mound. Tomorrow at The Hangar it is Family in the Park Sunday, where you can play catch on the field prior to the game and the first 1,000 kids 12 and under will receive a free hot dog, chips and soda.
Don't miss a moment of the 2013 season as the JetHawks look to repeat as California League Champions. Season tickets and great ticket packages are available now. To order, call (661) 726-5400 or visit jethawks.com.
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