LANCASTER, Calif. - The Stockton Ports scored eight unanswered runs on Monday night at The Hangar, but it wasn't enough to overcome a massive lead built up by the Lancaster JetHawks. Stockton concluded a winless road trip with a wild rally, but ultimately fell short in a 12-10 loss to the Lancaster JetHawks, Stockton's eighth consecutive loss.
After loading the bases with one out and failing to score in the second, the Ports were the first to plate a run in the third. Tyler Ramirez tripled to open the inning and scored two batters later on an RBI single by Seth Brown. The JetHawks countered in the bottom of the third as Wilson Soriano doubled with two outs in the inning and scored on an ensuing double by Wes Rogers to tie the game at 1-1.
The Ports jumped in front again in the fourth inning on a one-out solo homer by Chris Iriart. As it turned out, it would be the final run allowed by JetHawks starter Peter Lambert (2-3), who would go on to pick up the victory, going six innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Lambert retired the final eight batters he faced after allowing the homer to Iriart.
Stockton starter Evan Manarino (2-2) would get roughed up a bit in the fourth. Sam Hilliard opened the frame with a double and scored two batters later on a fielder's choice force out hit into by Yonathan Daza. Mylz Jones followed with a two-run homer to left and Scott Burcham came up next and homered to left to give the JetHawks a 5-2 lead.
Manarino came out to start the fifth but would not finish it. Manarino allowed four straight singles to open the inning, with singles from Hilliard and Brian Mundell driving in runs to make it 7-2. Manarino was then lifted for Jared Lyons, who gave up an RBI single to right to Daza that gave Lancaster an 8-2 advantage.
The JetHawks would pile on in the sixth as Lyons gave up back-to-back singles to open the inning, followed by a two-run double by Rogers that ballooned the JetHawks lead to 11-2. Rodgers came up next and struck out swinging but reached on a wild pitch. After Lyons issued a walk, he was lifted for Andrew Tomasovich. Tomasovich walked Mundell and then gave up a sac-fly to Daza that made it a 12-2 ballgame.
Lyons was charged with four runs on four hits in one inning of work. Tomasovich would go on to pitch two scoreless innings, followed by a perfect inning tossed by Carlos Navas in the eighth.
The Ports would vault back into the contest in the seventh facing JetHawks reliever Marc Magliaro. Iriart and Brett Siddall each singled to open the inning that put runners at the corners. A wild pitch scored Iriart from third to make it 12-3. After Iolana Akau singled, Josh Vidales hit into a fielder's choice force play that scored Siddall from third. Ramirez followed with a two-run homer that cut the JetHawks lead to 12-6. After Magliaro walked Eli White and gave up a single to Brown, he was lifted for left-hander Max Schuh, who gave up a three-run homer to Mikey White that put the Ports back in the hunt at 12-9.
Magliaro was charged with six runs on five hits over a third of an inning. Schuh would pitch into the eighth and allow a leadoff home run to Siddall that brought the Ports to within two runs at 12-10. Schuh would go on to retire the next three batters to conclude his outing.
Alexander Guillen (SV, 3) would come on to pitch the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Eli White that brought the possible-tying run to the plate. After Brown struck out, Mikey White drew a walk to put two aboard. Guillen, however, would get Trent Gilbert to hit into a fielder's choice force play and Iriart to line out to right to end the ballgame.
After dropping all seven games on their South Division road trip, the Ports return to Banner Island Ballpark on Tuesday to begin a seven-game homestand that starts with a three-game series versus the Inland Empire 66ers. Boomer Biegalski (1-1, 7.94 ERA) gets the start for Stockton, opposed by Inland Empire right-hander Luis Pena (2-3, 5.67 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
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