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JetHawks Game in 12-9 Loss

May 03, 1996|JEFF FLETCHER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

LANCASTER — You wouldn't think the JetHawks could have a pitching performance to be proud of in a game they lost, 12-9.

But Thursday night before 3,263 at the Hangar, relief pitcher Tim Trawick turned the JetHawks' game against the San Bernardino Stampede into, well, a game.

After the JetHawks fell behind, 10-3, in the third inning, Trawick did such a good job of damage control he probably could have saved the Titanic.

Trawick entered in the fourth and shut out the Stampede for four innings, getting some help from the JetHawks' best defensive play of the season, while Lancaster pulled to within 10-9.

Trawick finally gave up a run and was pulled in the eighth. The Stampede added a run to Trawick's line after he was removed, making the score 12-9, but it did not erase a masterful performance.

Trawick gave up four hits and walked only one. The defensive gem that helped him out came in the seventh.

With a runner at first going on the pitch, shortstop Mike Lanza broke toward the middle to cover the bag just as Ervan Wingate hit a hard bouncer toward second base. Lanza made a diving stop of the grounder and flipped the ball out of his glove to second baseman Jason Cook, who made a nice turn to get the double play.

Meanwhile, the JetHawks were methodically chipping away at the deficit. Without scoring more than two runs in any of the first seven innings, the JetHawks found themselves trailing, 10-9, going to the eighth.

The JetHawks touched up starter Kris Foster, who began the game with a 1.23 earned-run average, for four runs before he left the game in the third because of a blister on his pitching hand.

The JetHawks added a run against reliever Jeff Keppen in the third and single runs against Casey Deskins in the fourth, fifth and sixth. They scored against Jeff Paluk in the seventh to make it 10-9 and to give the JetHawks runs in 10 consecutive innings.

The Stampede's output in the first three innings--10 runs--surpassed the most runs the JetHawks allowed in any of their first 27 games.

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