LANCASTER, Calif. - The Stockton Ports scored in only one inning and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in their sixth straight loss on Saturday night at The Hangar. The Lancaster JetHawks blitzed the Ports with five runs over the first two innings as the JetHawks cruised to their fourth straight victory and, in doing so, kept the Ports winless five games into their seven-game road trip.
Lancaster jumped into the run column early as Sam Hilliard hit a two-run homer to right in the first inning to get the JetHawks on the board. The lead grew in the second inning as Mylz Jones hit a pop-fly into foul territory that the heavy wind blew back onto the infield in fair territory for a double. Roberto Ramos followed with a double to right-center that made it 3-0. Three batters later, Garrett Hampson hit a two-run homer to right that gave the JetHawks a 5-0 advantage.
Ports starter Angel Duno (3-1) would suffer his first loss of the season, going four innings and allowing five runs on six hits while matching a career-high with five walks.
JetHawks starter Trey Killian (5-0) retired the first eight batters he faced. With two outs in the second, he gave up a double to Iolana Akau followed by an RBI single to Skye Bolt that got the Ports on the board. Josh Vidales followed with an RBI double to right that made it a 5-2 ballgame.
Killian went on to retire the next four batters in a row before finding himself in a bases-loaded jam with nobody out to begin the fifth. Killian issued a walk, gave up a single and committed an error on a bunt that loaded the bases. Killian, though, would get back-to-back strikeouts of Bolt and Vidales, then get Eli White to ground out to end the inning and escape the jam.
Killian went seven strong innings in earning the win, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven.
Casey Meisner took over for Duno to begin the fifth and would allow three runs over four innings. Meisner gave up a two-out triple to Yonathan Daza in the sixth and Daza went on to score on a passed ball charged to the catcher Akau. In the seventh, Meisner gave up three straight hits to open the inning, back-to-back singles to Ramos and Chris Rabago followed by a two-run double to Wes Rogers that made it an 8-2 JetHawks lead. Two of the three runs allowed by Meisner were earned. He struck out five and walked one over four innings worked.
Salvador Justo and Logan Cozart each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to close out the ballgame for Lancaster.
The Ports and JetHawks play the third game of their four-game set on Sunday afternoon at The Hangar. Logan Shore (1-2, 2.37 ERA) makes the start for Stockton, opposed by JetHawks right-hander Colin Welmon (2-0, 6.44 ERA). First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. PDT.
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