Lancaster teammates Jon Gaston and Koby Clemens lead the California League in homeruns and RBI, respectively, and each added to their totals on Saturday night. Gaston hit his 30th homer in the sixth, a solo shot, and Clemens added a two-run double for RBIs 95 and 96 in the eighth.
Unfortunately, that was the only offense the JetHawks in a game where their pitching staff forgot to show up. Bakersfield scored at least three runs in six of the first seven innings and led 18-0 by the time Gaston went deep. Before Clemens drove in his two, it was 24-1.
A team that scores 24 runs in a game will have no shortage of offensive stars, but two players stood head and shoulders above the rest. Mauro Gomez was 4-6 with two homeruns and four RBI, moving him into third and seventh in those two categories. Elio Sarmiento had an even bigger game, going 5-6 with a double, homerun, four RBI, and six runs scored. He’s been hot in August, with a .455 batting average and 1.311 OPS in seven games.