July 17, 2007 - California League (CalL) - Lancaster JetHawks
(LANCASTER, CA) - For just a few minutes in the eighth inning, it looked like the JetHawks had broken the voodoo spell Lake Elsinore had over their Southern Division Rival. However, a close call at first went against the JetHawks in the ninth inning, giving the Storm a 5-4 win. The Storm have now won eight games in a row and have pulled within one game of the JetHawks in the second half race.
The game was a pitcher\'s duel in the early going, as both T.J. Nall of the JetHawks and Matt Buschmann of the Storm excelled. Lancaster took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a RBI double by Ryan Khoury and a RBI single by Tony Granadillo. The Storm scored three times in the sixth inning to go up 4-2.
It stayed that way until the eighth inning. Needing some heroics, Granadillo started off the inning with a single to right field. An out later Brad Correll hit a two-run homer over the center field wall, tying the game. For Correll it was his eleventh home run in just fifteen games with the JetHawks.
The controversial play came with two outs in the ninth inning and a runner at third base. David Freese hit a ground ball towards the hole on the left side of the infield. Ryan Khoury made a diving stop, got up and fired a quick throw to first base. The throw was a little offline. First baseman Scott White dove to make the catch, believing he kept his foot on the first base bag. The umpire disagreed and the run scored, giving the Storm the win.
Granadillo had four hits for the JetHawks and drove in a run. Khoury, Correll, and Mickey Hall each had two hits.
The JetHawks continue a six-game homestand Wednesday night against the Lake Elsinore Storm. The JetHawks starter will be John Barnes (3-4, 7.71) while the Storm go with Greg Burke (3-2, 3.25). The game starts at 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on radio at Magic 1340 AM, as well as on internet at www.JetHawks.com. The Clubhouse Show airs at 5 PM with special guests JetHawks manager Chad Epperson, Red Sox Director of Player Development Mike Hazen, and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes manager/former Dodgers outfielder Bobby Mitchell.