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Silvestre in Driver's Seat

May 17, 2000|DAVE DESMOND

Outfielder Juan Silvestre of the Lancaster JetHawks continued his torrid hitting on Monday, driving in five runs on four hits in a 10-2 victory over San Bernardino in a California League game.

Silvestre has 49 runs batted in, the most of any minor league player. When Silvestre and third baseman Bo Robinson hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning, John Johnson of Rosamond won $10,000 from the JetHawks and Outback Steakhouse.

Julio Ayala (3-1) went five innings for Lancaster. He gave up six hits and one run while striking out three. Cody Morrison recorded his second save of the season with two innings of one-hit relief.

Catcher Scott Maynard had three hits and one RBI, Robinson drove in another run with a hit and designated hitter Terrmel Sledge went one for three with two runs and an RBI.


The JetHawks (25-14), who have the best record in the Cal League, were off Tuesday. Lancaster, which has won four consecutive games and eight of 10, leads Rancho Cucamonga in the South Division by 3 1/2 games. Visalia (24-15) leads the North Division by 2 1/2 games over Modesto.


Today: At San Bernardino, 7 p.m. Thursday's game: At The Hangar, 7 p.m., vs. San Bernardino. On the radio: KUTY-AM 1470.


Scanning Monday's box scores:

Triple A--Bobby Hughes (Notre Dame) had two hits for Buffalo (Indians) in a 9-8 victory over Columbus. . . . David Newhan (Pepperdine) had two hits and two RBIs for Las Vegas (Padres) in a 7-3 victory over Tacoma. . . . Brent Cookson (Santa Paula, Ventura College) leads the Pacific Coast League with 38 RBIs after he hit two home runs and had seven RBIs for Albuquerque (Dodgers) in a 17-5 rout at Nashville.

Double A--Jack Wilson (Thousand Oaks) hit his first home run and raised his average to .346 with a three-hit game for Arkansas (Cardinals) in an 8-5 victory at Tulsa. . . . Eric Cole (Antelope Valley, Antelope Valley College) had three hits and two RBIs in a 12-9 victory at Midland and is batting .353 for Round Rock (Astros).

Class A--Tom McGee (Cal Lutheran) had two hits for Frederick (Orioles) in a 12-5 victory at Winston-Salem. . . . Bret Saberhagen (Cleveland) allowed three runs and five hits in a one-inning rehabilitation assignment for Sarasota (Red Sox), which lost, 5-1, to Clearwater. . . . Jon Schaeffer (Harvard-Westlake) had two hits for Fort Myers (Twins) in a 9-4 victory over Lakeland.

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