LANCASTER, Calif. - The Lancaster JetHawks took advantage of an early Stockton Ports error and never looked back on Saturday night at The Hangar. Lancaster scored three unearned runs in the second inning following a two-out error and never surrendered the lead as they went on to a 7-3 win to even the four-game set at a game apiece.
Ports starter Angel Duno (6-6) was on his way to a perfect second inning in a scoreless contest, but Robbie Robbins would reach on a fielding error committed by Ports third baseman Mikey White. With the inning prolonged, Chris Rabago doubled and Wilson Soriano delivered a two-run single to give the JetHawks a 2-0 lead. Garrett Hampson and Yonathan Daza would then hit back-to-back singles with Daza driving in Soriano to make it a 3-0 lead for Lancaster.
Stockton got two runs back in the top of the third as Santiago Chavez and Nate Mondou hit back-to-back doubles to open the frame with Mondou driving in Chavez to make it 3-1. With two outs in the inning, Sandber Pimentel singled to right to drive in Mondou and cut the JetHawks lead to 3-2.
Lancaster got one of those runs back in the bottom of the third on a leadoff home run to right by Roberto Ramos that made it a 4-2 game. Stockton once again inched closer in the top of the fourth as Chavez came up with one on and two outs and hit his second double of the game, making it a one-run contest again at 4-3.
Stockton's fourth inning run would be their last run of the contest and the final run given up by JetHawks starter Jesus Tinoco (7-1) who picked up the win after going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two.
Ports starter Angel Duno (6-6) would give up two more runs in the fourth. With one out, Hampson tripled and scored on an ensuing single by Daza to make it 5-3. Later in the inning, Wes Rogers delivered a two-out RBI single that tacked on another run to make it a 6-3 JetHawks advantage.
Duno suffered the loss, going four innings and allowing six runs (three earned) on nine hits while walking two and striking out one.
After two perfect innings by Armando Ruiz, Andrew Tomasovich took over in the seventh and gave up a leadoff bunt single to Ramos, who went on to score on a two-out RBI single by Rabago that added a run to the Lancaster lead, making it a 7-3 ballgame. It was the only run allowed by Tomasovich in two innings worked.
Alexander Guillen and J.D. Hammer combined to pitch three scoreless innings out of the JetHawks bullpen, allowing just one single in that span.
The Ports and JetHawks play the third game of their four-game set on Sunday night at The Hangar. Chris Bassitt will make the start on a Major League rehab assignment for Stockton, followed by left-hander Evan Manarino (4-4, 4.39 ERA). Right-hander Brandon Gould (0-0, 12.60 ERA) will start for Lancaster. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PDT.
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