Friday Farm Report: Lancaster Still Has 1st Half Hopes

High-A Lancaster has been in a funk. The Jet Hawks have not won any of their last six series. They have a 28-32 record. They, however, still have hope. No team has run away with the first-half title in the California League South Division.

The Jet Hawks are only two games back of Lake Elsinore, the first-place team in the South Division. More importantly, six of the Jet Hawks' remaining 10 games are against Lake Elsinore, including a three-game series this weekend at Lancaster.

The Jet Hawks are tied with Inland Empire for third place, and a game back of second-place Rancho Cucamonga. After the three games this weekend, Lancaster finishes the second half with seven games on the road -- four at Inland Empire and three next weekend at Lake Elsinore.

In Thursday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (31-29) won 3-1 at Iowa. The Dukes scored all three runs in the seventh when reliever Scott McCough, who picked up the victory, drew a bases-loaded walk for a 1-0 lead and Raimel Tapia followed with a two-run single. Nelson Gonzalez (5.25) started and allow three hits, striking out five in five shutout innings.

AA Hartford (28-32) lost 8-7 in 13 innings at Erie. Hartford scored three times in the top of the 13th, but Erie completed it's three-game sweep with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Castellani started and allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out three. Marc Magliaro, who retired two batters in the 13th but gave up the three runs, suffered the loss. Brian Mundell had four hits, including a two-run home run.

High A Lancaster (28-32) lost 4-2 against Rancho Cucamonga. Rico Garcia (5-7, 3.86) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out eight in seven innings. Colton Welker (.316) was 3-for-4 with a double and his seventh home run.

Low A Asheville (21-36) lost 8-6 against Rome. Will Gaddis (2-4, 6.48) allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and a walk, striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. Sean Bouchard and Bret Boswell both had three hits, including a home run by Boswell.