JETHAWKS MUST IMPROVE DEFENSE : BURLESON SAYS POOR PLAY DUE TO INJURIES.Byline: Chris Cocoles Daily News Staff Writer
JetHawks manager Rick Burleson
But as for the JetHawks' defense. . .
``I'm skeptical as to how well of a defensive team we'll be,'' Burleson said Tuesday.
``Pitching and defense is what wins baseball games, but the defense has to tighten up Verb 1. tighten up - restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"
constrain, stiffen, tighten
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the a little.''
Through Tuesday's game, Lancaster had committed 11 errors, including three in the loss to the Blaze.
Burleson said injuries have hampered the team's defense.
``We're ailing in a few spots,'' Burleson said. ``So we hope to be better once we get everyone healthy.''
Two-out magic: In two straight games the JetHawks have put together impressive rallies with two outs following difficult circumstances.
On Sunday against Stockton at Lancaster Municipal Stadium, a bizarre double play off a drive to the left-field fence by Joe Mathis left the JetHawks behind two runs and down to their last out.
But Chris Dean's walk set the stage for a four-run outburst that was capped by a game-winning Tarrik Brock two-run homer for a 7-5 win.
One night later 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. in Bakersfield, the JetHawks trailed 6-0 in the top of the fifth after Yuni Kim had hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
Enter Brock again, as the 23-year-old Hawthorne resident singled home Dean, who had four hits in the game, to put Lancaster on the board.
Shawn Buhner reached on an error, followed by 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 singles by Dusty Wathan and Luis Molina Luis de Molina (born 1535 in Cuenca; died October 12, 1600 in Madrid) was a Spanish Jesuit.
Having at the age of eighteen become a member of the Society of Jesus, he studied theology at Coimbra, and afterward became professor in the university of Évora, Portugal. sandwiched between a Carlos Villalobos run-scoring double. Although that cut the Blaze's lead to 6-4, the JetHawks were out of rallies. Bakersfield went on to win, 8-7.
Double trouble: Damon Minor hoped to join his twin brother Ryan not only on the University of Oklahoma University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. baseball diamond but with the Sooners basketball team as well.
But while Ryan Minor Ryan Minor (born January 5, 1974), was a right-handed third baseman. Most of his career (1996-2005) was spent with the Baltimore Orioles, where he is known for replacing Cal Ripken, Jr., when Ripken ended his consecutive games played streak on September 20, 1998. was competing in both sports, Damon concentrated on baseball only, and that dedication to one sport is paying off for the Bakersfield first baseman.
Minor hit a grand slam grand slam
1. The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand in bridge and other whist-derived card games.
2. Sports The winning of all the major or specified events, especially on a professional circuit. and added a solo shot Monday off JetHawks starter Kevin Gryboski, and the 6-foot-7, 23-year-old barely missed a career-high third when a towering, seventh-inning blast to left sailed just outside the foul pole.
``I saw the ball hooking, and I was sure hoping it would stay fair,'' said Minor, sporting an Oklahoma baseball cap. ``I'm seeing the ball very well right now.''
While Ryan Minor, eight minutes older than his brother, was an All-American on the basketball court and was a second-round selection in the NBA draft, the younger Minor was the 12th-selection of the San Francisco Giants The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California that currently play in the National League West Division. New York Giants history
Early days and the John McGraw era in the 1996 Amateur Draft. Ryan was Baltimore's 33rd-round pick and is with the Orioles' Carolina League affiliate at Frederick, Md.
``It's tough that he's halfway across the country,'' Damon Minor said. ``But I'll definitely call him tonight.''
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