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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : JETHAWKS

Failla Powers Lake Elsinore

May 31, 1997|JEFF FLETCHER

Paul Failla was three for four with three runs batted in and the Lake Elsinore Storm collected 14 hits in a 10-5 victory over the Lancaster JetHawks on Friday night at Lake Elsinore.

JetHawk starter Damaso Marte (0-5) was tagged for seven runs, six earned, and 10 hits in four innings. Lake Elsinore (26-29) scored five runs in the second inning to break a scoreless tie.

The JetHawks (27-29) pulled even after a three-run home run by Miguel Correa in the third inning and a two-run fourth that included a run-scoring double by Chris Dean.

Lake Elsinore moved ahead in the bottom of the inning with run-scoring singles by Failla and Larry Barnes.

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Pitcher Rob Luce, second baseman Chris Dean and third baseman Carlos Villalobos have been selected by managers to the California League all-star team that will face the Carolina League all-stars June 17 in Durham, N.C.

Luce, who went into the JetHawk rotation only because of an injury to Jeff Farsnworth, has become the staff's most dependable starter. A 22-year-old right-hander drafted in the ninth round last year out of Nevada Las Vegas, Luce is 7-1 with a 3.06 earned-run average.

Dean, a fourth-year pro in his third season in the Cal League, is a prime candidate for a promotion after the all-star break. Dean, 23, is hitting .350 with six homers and 26 runs batted in.

Villalobos, also in his second season with the JetHawks, was always thought to have a good bat, but he had struggled in the field. Villalobos, 22, has blossomed at the plate, hitting .336 with five homers and 33 RBIs. He has even played better at third base, although he has been spending time at designated hitter and in the outfield.

Rancho Cucamonga outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. (Granada Hills High, Mission College) also was selected to the Cal League all-star team. He is batting .311 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs.

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Tonight's Game: JetHawks (Matt Apana, 0-1, 5.40) vs. Lake Elsinore (Jose Cintron, 2-1, 4.94), 7:05.

AROUND THE LEAGUES

Left-handed pitcher Rico Lagattuta (Westlake), who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round last June, was promoted from extended spring training to Class-A Modesto. . . . Outfielder Chris Fick (Newbury Park, Cal Lutheran) was placed on the disabled list with Class-A High Desert.

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Scanning Thursday box scores: TRIPLE A--First baseman Ryan McGuire (El Camino Real) hit his third home run for Ottawa. DOUBLE A--First baseman Kevin Millar (Hart) hit his 14th home run for Portland, Maine. . . . Outfielder Pat Bryant (Cleveland) had three hits, including his seventh home run, for Trenton, N.J. . . . Former JetHawk outfielder Shane Monahan had two hits and four RBIs for Memphis, Tenn.

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