"No. No. I insist, after you!
"No, really. By all means, after you!"
Behaving like the old time
Looney Tune cartoon where two characters with nefarious motives attempt to
snooker one another into walking through a doorway and into an impeding doom
that waits on the other side, neither the
The Lancaster JetHawks also ignored
an age old custom of playing grateful host to gift bearing visitors and as a
result, lost to the Stockton Ports 8-7, Friday, 15 April at The Hangar in
Four of the first five outs
recorded by Smith were flyball outs. With two out in the second,
The top of the third began
the same way the previous two innings did, with a fly ball out. After a walk
and a ground out,
With two outs, two
consecutive walks were then issued by Smith before an error by first baseman
Chris carter extended the inning. After two consecutive singles scored two
unearned runs, the tenth batter of the inning ended the bleeding the same way
he started the inning: with a fly ball out. After playing three,
In the fourth inning, Smith collected a strike out and added a hit batter to his stats, who later scored on a two out triple.
Ruben Kerbs and his 33.75 ERA took over from Smith in the fifth. Kerbs reduced his ERA by throwing three innings, giving up one run on four hits and three strikeouts while walking none. Kerbs performance was not reflective of his previous troubles as he retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
Ryan Coffin relieved in the eighth and threw for one and a third, allowing one run on three hits with one strike out.
Offensively, Erik Schindewolf increased his lead league in walks to 15 as he collected two more and finished the night 1-3. His lone hit came by way of an infield singled earned by great hustle with two outs in the sixth and the JetHawks down 7-6.
In a strange turn of events, the JetHawks scored on wild pitches in three straight innings. In the fourth, JetHawk second baseman, Jon Kaplan (0-3, walk, two strike outs) scored the first of his two runs by way of wild pitches, once in the fourth and once in the fifth. Kaplan led off the JetHawk three run fourth inning by reaching on an error. First baseman Chris Carter (2-4, 1R, 2RBI's) then singled followed by Garthwaite who walked to load the bases. One wild pitch later, the JetHawks scored the first run of the game.
The next inning, the fifth, after walking to get on base, Kaplan probably made the record books when he again scored from third on a wild pitch.
Again in the very next
inning, the sixth, right fielder Jeff Cook (2-4, R) also scored from third on a
wild pitch. That run put
Catcher Miguel Montero ended the game by striking out.
Montero (.323, 2-4, walk) has reached base safely in eight of nine games and has at least one hit in seven games.
Despite scoring seven runs, JetHawks batters collected only 2 RBI's.
JetHawk batters walked and struck out five times.
Three consecutive innings (fourth, fifth, sixth) with a run scored from third on a wild pitch.
One run scored from third by a passed ball (ninth).
Another Wild Night Out West at The Hangar
Box Score Puts Up Repeated Number 13 and a Straight.
Sign of Apocalypse yet in
In celebration of 10 years of JetHawks baseball at The Hangar, a post game firework extravaganza was preceded by the second straight game of bizarre scoring circumstances. One night earlier, the JetHawks scored three runs for three innings in a row on wild pitches, and here is where it gets a little creepy, the first two by the same player (Jon Kaplan) and then the team eventually went on to add a run in the ninth on a passed ball.
On Saturday, April 16,
against the Stockton Ports, pitches were wild once again with JetHawk runners
on third, and runs scored, but not enough as the JetHawks dropped their third
straight game, and the second of the three game weekend series against
The game itself began with a
single play two base double error by JetHawks second baseman Steve Garrabrants on
a ground ball hit by Ports leadoff batter Luke Appert, and then it was all downhill
from there for
Ryan Holsten followed and strangely enough lasted an equivalent 2 2/3 innings and surrendered three runs, all earned, on five hits with one strike out. Holsten lasted only 2/3 inning in his only other appearance of the season and came into the game with a 40.50 ERA.
Alex Cremidan was the
surprise of the evening in relief of Holsten, throwing two full innings and allowing
only one run on three hits. Cremidan was the only JetHawks pitcher to retire
the side in order when he did so in the sixth against the bottom third of the
The previous games weirdness came back to life in the bottom of the fifth inning. Catcher Brian Rose (1-3, 2B, R) doubled with one out and no one on. After a fly ball out by center fielder Lino Garcia (0-4), Derek Bruce (1-3, R) singled placed runners on the corners. Garrabrants (3-4, 2B, R, RBI) doubled home Rose to collect his lone RBI for the game.
With Jon Kaplan at the
JetHawk third baseman Jay Garthwaite (1-4, R) led off the next inning with a single then advanced to second and then on to third on two more wild pitches thrown by Ports reliever, JR Pickens. Garthwaite would score on a two out single by DH Miguel Montero (1-4, RBI).
For what is worth, the box
Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Runs 3 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 0
Hits 3 2 5 1 4 0 3 2 1
Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Runs 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0
Hits 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 1 0
A great game to get some numbers from to play in the lottery.
All nine Ports hitters recorded a hit while six players had a multi-hit game, and five of those six had three hits each.
Garrabrants was only
Seven JetHawks strike outs.
Shortstop Danny Richar (0-1, K) was pinch hit for in the fifth by Derek Bruce who remained in the game.
Coming into the game, the
JetHawks ranked second to last in average per game attendance (1,297). League
Announced paid attendance
for Saturday's game at The Hangar was 4,548. Five game total for 2005 is 9,738
with an average of 1,947 which places