Strong Start from Dennis in Defeat

Righty goes five innings, but JetHawks drop series opener

(K. Ross Way)

By Lancaster JetHawks | April 17, 2018 12:58 AM

LANCASTER, Calif. - On a cold and windy night at The Hangar, Lancaster fell, 4-1, to Rancho Cucamonga Monday. First pitch was delayed due to rain, and both team had to contend with low temperatures throughout the contest.

Matt Dennis (0-3) took the loss despite five strong innings on the mound. The righty allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits. Rancho Cucamonga (6-6) tied the game with an unearned run in the third inning before going ahead with a pair in the fifth.

Lancaster (6-6) scored the first run of the game in the second on an Alan Trejo groundout, but that was it for the offense Monday. All four of the Lancaster hits were singles, and the team committed five errors defensively.

Andrew Sopko worked into the fifth for the Quakes, but was ineligible to earn the win. That went to Jason Richman (1-0), who allowed just a hit in 2.2 innings of relief.

The JetHawks will try to even the series Tuesday behind righty Trey Killian (0-1). Jordan Sheffield (0-1) takes the hill for Rancho. First pitch from the Hangar is set for 6:35 pm.

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

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