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Lucas, Angels Hold On in the 9th to Turn Back Ventura County, 5-4

July 06, 1986

PALM SPRINGS — Gary Lucas was supposed to be holding together the California Angels' bullpen this season. Instead, he is pitching for the club's Class-A affiliate in Palm Springs, trying to rehabilitate from a spring-training back injury.

In Palm Springs' 5-4 victory over the Ventura County Gulls on Saturday night, Lucas struggled just to hold a lead.

He entered the California League game in the eighth inning with a 5-2 lead inherited from Eric Price (3-1). As he is expected to do back in the minor league, Lucas retired the first three batters he faced.

In the ninth inning, however, Ventura County (4-8) suddenly became a major obstacle.

Mike Jones tripled, Santiago Garcia doubled and Geromino Berroa singled to open the inning, cutting the Angels' lead to 5-3. Darryl Landrum then bounced into a doubleplay, with Garcia scoring.

Greg Myers followed with a single to bring up the tying run, but Lucas struck out Domingo Martinez to end the threat.

The Angels (10-3) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on run-scoring singles by Ty Van Burleo and Erik Pappas. Van Burkleo added a two-run home run in the fifth.

Ventura's other runs were produced on a sacrifice fly by Martinez in the fifth inning and a single by Jones in the sixth.

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