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JETHAWKS SURVIVE THE BLAZE : JETHAWKS 7, BAKERSFIELD 6.

Byline: Chris Cocoles Staff Writer

Maybe the JetHawks had this coming.

The Bakersfield Blaze had taken the lead in Tuesday's game with a series of bloop, bunt and bleeder hits.

That's when baseball's law of averages swung in the direction of professional baseball's lowest team and staked the JetHawks to a 7-6 win before 743 at Sam Lynn Ballpark on Tuesday night.

Trailing 3-2 entering the sixth, the JetHawks (12-22, 35-68) got the first of several breaks when Blaze starter Manny Bermudez's pitch grazed the uniform of Peanut Williams.

Greg Connors lined a single to right and break No. 2 was an error by Bakersfield right fielder Jeff Allen that sent Williams to third.

Bermudez then made a slight step forward with his foot still on the rubber. It was ruled a balk by home-plate umpire Cale Smith and scored Williams. Break No. 3.

With Jason Regan hitting, Bermudez's pitch sailed behind the JetHawks third baseman, though the Blaze argued the ball nicked Regan's bat. Break No. 4 advanced Connors to third and after Regan walked, an Alex Fernandez fielder's choice allowed Connors to score the go-ahead run.

Wilfredo Quintana's RBI single completed the three-run sixth and starter Greg Wooten (5-3) recovered to pitch eight strong innings.

The Blaze rallied with three in the ninth before coming up short with the tying run on base.

Matchup: The JetHawks' nine-game road trip concludes at 7:30 p.m. at Sam Lynn Ballpark. JetHawks right-hander Russ Koehler (0-2, 8.62) faces Blaze right-hander Tony Coscia (7-9, 4.27).
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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 28, 1999
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