J'HAWKS UNDERGO 'FACE-LIFT' BAKERSFIELD 9, JETHAWKS 2.Byline: Gideon Rubin Staff Writer
BAKERSFIELD - The end of a first half in the minor leagues is typically a precursor for significant roster shake-ups. But the JetHawks' 12 announced roster moves Sunday qualify as an earthquake.
In one of the most drastic days of changes to the team from a personnel standpoint in franchise history, six players were sent to the JetHawks parent Arizona Diamondbacks' Double-A El Paso El Paso (ĕl pă`sō), city (1990 pop. 515,342), seat of El Paso co., extreme W Tex., on the Rio Grande opposite Juárez, Mex.; inc. 1873. (Texas) affiliate, which sent six players to Lancaster.
Gone are the heralded ``Three Amigos AMIGOS Advanced Mobile Integration in General Operating Systems .'' Outfielders Conor Jackson Conor Sims Jackson (nicknamed Co-Jack or Action) was born May 7, 1982 in Austin, Texas. He is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He bats right handed and throws right handed. He is 6'2" and roughly 225 pounds. (El Camino Real El Camino Real (Spanish for The Royal Road or The King's Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain:
Quentin attended Saint Pius X Elementary School (Chula Vista, California), and later, University of San Diego High School (San Diego, , and third baseman Jamie D'Antona had combined for 39 homers and 162 RBI RBI
runs batted in
Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in going into Sunday. Also gone are staff ace Clint Goocher, closer Jason Bulger and second baseman Neb Brown.
In their last game before being dissolved, the first-half-champion JetHawks suffered a 9-2 loss to the Bakersfield Blaze in front of 1,111 at Sam Lynn Ballpark Sam Lynn Ball Park is located in Bakersfield, California (4009 Chester Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93301 / 661-716-HITS) and is the oldest ballpark of the 10 team, Class-A Advanced, California League. , where they've lost 17 of their past 21 going back to 2000.
Several of the team's new additions are familiar faces. Third baseman Dan Uggla a 2003 California League All-Star, and outfielder Jay Garthwaite were with the team all of last season and part of 2002. Also, outfielder Doc Brooks started the season in Lancaster and was batting .391 (25 for 64) with five homers and 17 RBI before being assigned to El Paso in late May.
Also added to the JetHawks roster are right-handed pitchers Sergio Lizarraga and Sam Smith, and second baseman Steve Garrabrants.
JetHawks manager Wally Backman said the ``face-lift'' leaves the team with less power, but with better starting pitching and defense.
``We're going to be different, but we're still going to be good,'' Backman said.
The JetHawks concluded the half losing four consecutive games since clinching their first-half title Wednesday.
Jackson had a bloop bloop Baseball
tr.v. blooped, bloop·ing, bloops
To hit (a ball) into the air just beyond the infield.
Hit just beyond the infield. single to left in the sixth in his last game with the JetHawks, extending his hitting streak to a new California League-high 19 games.
--Note: The JetHawks eventually lost to Bakersfield 8-7 in 13 innings Saturday after blowing a three-run lead going into the bottom of the 12th.
--Matchup: Left-hander Cliff McMachen (0-0, 3.72 ERA) will pitch for the JetHawks when they play on the road against Visalia at 6:30 tonight. Buddy Gallagher (4-3, 7.11) will pitch for the Oaks.
Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607