LANCASTER – “Star Wars” weekend began Friday night in Lancaster with Inland Empire winning big, 19-5, over the Lancaster JetHawks at The Hangar.
The 19 runs were the most allowed by Lancaster in a game this year.
Inland Empire (26-41) wasted no time jumping in front, scoring three times in the first inning. Justin Upton and Gareth Morgan each hit home runs off of Ryan Rolison (2-3).
Upton and Morgan each hit another home run in the contest. Upton, in the sixth game of a rehab assignment for the Los Angeles Angels, went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI and a walk.
Rolison allowed a career-high nine runs over 3.2 innings. The JetHawks used five relievers behind Rolison, with four allowing at least a run.
The 66ers broke the game open with six runs in the fourth inning. Inland Empire scored in seven of nine innings and hit six home runs, the most given up by Lancaster this year. The loss was the largest of the season for the JetHawks.
Luis Castro scored a pair of runs, bringing his league-leading total to 56. Matt McLaughlin led the offense with three hits.
Lancaster (32-34) is two games below .500 with two games to play until the All-Star Break. They trail both Rancho Cucamonga and Lake Elsinore in the standings.
Here’s the box score.
“Star Wars” weekend continued with game four of the five-game series on Saturday night at The Hangar.
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