JETHAWKS' ESPINO DOESN'T WASTE RARE CHANCE TO PLAY : JETHAWKS 11, STOCKTON 4.Byline: Chris Cocoles Daily News Staff Writer
Fernando Espino was wasting away Noun 1. wasting away - a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
amyotrophia, amyotrophy - progressive wasting of muscle tissues
tabes - wasting of the body during a chronic disease on the bench, toiling near the bottom of the JetHawks' outfield pecking order pecking order
Basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which each bird pecks another lower in the scale without fear of retaliation and submits to pecking by one of higher rank. For groups of mammals (e.g. .
But a once-crowded stable of outfielders thinned rather abruptly, and Espino didn't waste a rare start.
Espino untied Saturday's game with a two-run single and contributed a courtesy diving catch in right field as the JetHawks beat the Stockton Ports 11-4 before 3,783 at Lancaster Municipal Stadium.
Two days ago, there were six outfielders on the roster, and Espino, promoted to Lancaster from Wisconsin of the Midwest League on July 9, managed just 26 at-bats in 12 games played.
But by Saturday, Luis Tinoco had left for Double-A Orlando, Fla., and Anton French was unavailable after banging up his ankle on Friday.
With the bases loaded in the sixth inning and the score tied 3-3, Espino punched a base hit through the left side to score both Cirilo Cruz and Karl Thompson.
Espino, a 21-year-old from La Vega, Dominican Republic, raised his 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 total to nine while increasing his average to .310 (9 for 29).
In addition to dropping the Ports (63-63) four games behind them in the Valley Division wild-card race, the JetHawks (67-59) gained a tie with Modesto for the top spot. The A's lost 10-2 to Lake Elsinore.
In the same inning that hosted Espino's coming-out party, Brendan Kingman evened the game at 3-3 with a solo homer off Stockton starter Derek Lee (5-9).
Roster move: The JetHawks will activate pitcher Jason Bond from the disabled list today.
Tonight's pitching matchup: Ports RH Al Hawkins (3-1, 2.52) vs. JetHawks LH Jordan Zimmerman (0-0); 5:05 at Lancaster Municipal Stadium.
Friday's top performers: Morgan Ensberg (USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. ) had two hits and an RBI for Single-A Auburn. . . . Eric Valent (UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX ) went a combined 4 for 8 with two home runs and five RBI in a doubleheader for Single-A Clearwater. . . . Jon Garland (Kennedy) allowed 10 hits and three runs in six innings and fell to 1-2 for Single-A Hickory. . . . Jon Tucker (Chatsworth) hit his first homer for Double-A Harrisburg since being traded to the Montreal Expos organization. Tucker went 2 for 3 with three RBI in the Senators' loss to Portland and is batting .364. . . . Dan Cey (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:
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ECR Electron Cyclotron Resonance
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ECR East Coast Radio (South Africa) , Pepperdine) struck out five with no walks in six innings but dropped to 8-6 for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. . . . Adam Kennedy (CSUN CSUN California State University Northridge ) collected three hits for Triple-A Memphis.
- Chris Cocoles
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