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Pair of Suns Change Shirts

July 11, 1998

Pacific continued a series of player moves by trading outfielder Kendrick Davis and catcher Sam Voita to Mission Viejo on Thursday night.

Davis, who was batting .262, and Voita, who was with the club for only two weeks, took batting practice with Pacific before being informed of the trade. They changed uniforms and played in the game for Mission Viejo.


The trade immediately hurt the Suns (12-31) when Voita drove in two runs with two hits and Davis had a sacrifice fly and a hit for Mission Viejo (23-21) in a 10-2 victory Friday night.


Right-handed pitcher Patrick Dunham, who reeled off nine consecutive victories after opening the season 0-3, was promoted to Orlando, the Seattle Mariners' double-A affiliate in the Southern League.

Dunham struggled in three recent starts, giving up 18 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings. But he regained his form by striking out a season-high 12 in 7 1/3 innings against the High Desert Mavericks in his last start for the JetHawks. Dunham is 9-5 with a 3.46 earned-run average in 17 starts.

Replacing Dunham will be John Thompson, who was demoted from Orlando. Thompson, a closer most of his career who was 3-4 with a 6.87 ERA, will be a starter for Lancaster.

In another move, Fernando Espino, who was batting .201 with one home run for Wisconsin in the Midwest League, joined the JetHawks. Espino batted .336 at short-season Everett, Wash., last year.


Jason Bass hit a solo home run and a run-scoring single and Jason Bonds (6-3) struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, allowing three unearned runs on three hits for the JetHawks in an 8-3 victory at San Jose (58-34, 12-10 in the second half) on Friday night.

Karl Thompson drove in three runs with three hits for Lancaster (51-41, 11-11).


Scanning Thursday's box scores:

Triple-A--Shortstop Adam Kennedy (Cal State Northridge) had two hits and scored two runs for Memphis, and is batting .302 in 63 at-bats since being promoted from double-A Arkansas three weeks ago. . . . Chris Sheff (Pepperdine) had two hits for Edmonton in an 8-2 victory over Calgary. . . . Brent Cookson (Santa Paula) hit two doubles and Bryan Corey (Thousand Oaks High, Pierce College) pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Tucson's 8-5 loss to Las Vegas.

Double-A--Gary Matthews Jr. (Granada Hills, Mission College) had two hits and David Newhan (Pepperdine) had two hits and his 12th stolen base for Mobile. . . . Jon Tucker (Chatsworth, Alemany) hit his Texas League-leading 29th double for San Antonio.

Class-A--Catcher David Skeels (Thousand Oaks, Pierce) tripled, singled and drove in a run in Visalia's 6-2 victory over Lancaster, and is batting .241. . . . Catcher Casey Snow (Crespi) hit a single and his 15th double for San Bernardino and is batting .341.

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