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JETHAWKS GROUNDED IN 1ST-HALF FINALE VISALIA 9, JETHAWKS 4.

Byline: Gideon Rubin Special to the Daily News

LANCASTER - A nice run to finish the first half soured Sunday as the JetHawks struggled in just about every area in a 9-3 loss to the Visalia Oaks in front of 1,925 at Clear Channel Stadium.

Lancaster (37-33), which had won three in a row going into Sunday after losing six of seven to fall out of first-half title contention, reverted to slump form as poor hitting, shaky defense and mediocre pitching figured in the loss.

The JetHawks were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

They committed three errors, including two on one play that allowed two runs to score in a four-run seventh that broke open a 5-1 game.

``Not a good way to finish,'' JetHawks manager Bill Plummer said.

``We gave away four runs in the seventh and that really hurt us.''

JetHawks starter Chris Kinsey (3-10), who was tied with three other players for the minor-league lead in losses going into Sunday, allowed five runs on five hits in six innings.

The Oaks scored four unearned runs - all with two outs - off JetHawks reliever Sam Smith in the seventh.

JetHawks All-Star catcher Miguel Montero was 3 for 5, the 13th time he's had three hits or more.

Brian Rose was 3 for 4, and Danny Richar hit a two-run homer - his fifth.

Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607

gideon.rubin(at)dailynews.com
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 20, 2005
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