LANCASTER, Calif. - The Stockton Ports had six hits on Sunday afternoon, three of which left the yard. Stockton, however, was buried by a six-run seventh inning for the Lancaster JetHawks as the JetHawks won their fifth straight and send Stockton to its seventh straight defeat in an 11-3 final at The Hangar.
Lancaster opened the scoring early as Brendan Rodgers tripled with one out and scored on an ensuing groundout by Sam Hilliard. Stockton countered in the top of the second with the first of two home runs hit by Seth Brown that tied the game at 1-1. The JetHawks countered with a long ball of their own in the bottom of the second as Roberto Ramos took Ports starter Logan Shore (1-3) deep to center field to give the JetHawks a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The JetHawks widened their lead in the fifth. With runners at the corners at one out, Lancaster executed a double steal on which Hilliard stole second and Rodgers stole home. After a Brian Mundell single, Shore was lifted for Will Gilbert, who got Yonathan Daza to ground out on which a run scored to make it 4-1.
Shore would suffer the loss, going 4.1 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits while walking one and not recording a strikeout.
Stockton got a run back in the sixth on a leadoff home run by Josh Vidales, his first of the season, to cut the JetHawks lead to 4-2.
Lancaster, though, would put the game away in the bottom of the sixth while facing Gilbert. With the bases loaded and one out, Rodgers drove in a run with a sac-fly to right to make it 5-2. Hilliard followed with an RBI single, Mundell came up next and lined a two-run single to left, and, two batters later, Mylz Jones hit a two-run double to right to cap off a six-run inning for the JetHawks that ballooned their lead to 10-2.
Gilbert went an inning-and-two-thirds and allowed six runs on six hits.
Brown hit his second home run of the night for Stockton with one out in the seventh and it was the final run allowed by JetHawks starter Colin Welmon (3-0), who earned the win after tossing seven innings and allowing three runs on four hits while striking out six.
Rodgers would cap off a 4-for-4 night for Lancaster with a solo home run to center off Ports reliever Nolan Blackwood in the eighth to make it an 11-3 game. It was the only hit allowed by Blackwood in two innings of relief.
Huascar Brazoban came on to close out the game in the ninth and gave up a single to Tyer Ramirez, followed by a double to Mikey White that got a fourth run in for Stockton. Brazoban would go on to retire the final two hitters to close out the ballgame.
With a two-home run day, Brown became the third Ports player to have a multi-home run game on the season (Sean Murphy, Mikey White).
Having lost seven straight, the Ports will close out their seven-game road trip on Monday as they wrap up their set with the JetHawks. Left-hander Evan Manarino (2-1, 2.64 ERA) makes the start for Stockton, opposed by Lancaster right-hander Peter Lambert (1-3, 5.17 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. PDT.
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