Lancaster has recovered from a 17-21 start, posting a 31-18 record since May 1 that includes a 5-2 mark to begin the second half. Improved offense has been a key factor in the resurgence, led by the hitting of third baseman Jason Regan.
Regan was chosen California League player of the week for June 8-14 after going nine for 19 and walking 10 times for an on-base percentage of .655. He raised his average from .269 to .288. Regan is second in the league with a .440 on-base percentage, third with a .546 slugging percentage , fourth with 12 homers and fourth with 45 runs batted.
Regan, 22, was the Seattle Mariners’ 51st-round draft pick in 1996 out of Blinn Junior College (in Texas) and batted only .210 with three home runs for Everett, Wash., in his first professional season. Last season he dramatically improved his power, hitting 22 home runs for Lancaster during the second half of the season after hitting nine at Wisconsin during the first half.
Despite his numbers, Regan only made the Cal League all-star team because High Desert second baseman Junior Spivey backed out because of an injury.
JetHawk first baseman Cirilo Cruz was selected Howe Sportsdata International’s player of the week for June 15-21. He batted .412, going seven of 17, including two doubles, with 11 runs batted in.
Brendan Kingman, Regan, Jayson Bass and Luis Tinoco each had three hits and Lancaster defeated Modesto, 12-3, Wednesday night at the Hangar. The foursome combined for eight runs and 10 runs batted in.
The Suns acquired former Toronto Blue Jay pitcher Alex Sanchez from the Greenville Bluesmen of the Texas-Louisiana League for outfielder Alejandro (Alex) Sanchez and pitcher Jose Soriano. The newly acquired Sanchez, who pitched at UCLA, was 0-4 this season with a 6.93 earned-run average.
Pacific scored three runs in the sixth inning but the Suns lost to Bend, 5-3, at Oxnard College. Bernie Nunez had his team-leading 18th RBI for Pacific (8-21).
SCANNING TUESDAY’S BOX SCORES
Triple-A--Andrew Lorraine (Hart High) picked up his second save by retiring the only two batters he faced in Tacoma’s 6-4 victory over Tucson. . . . Third baseman Steve Sisco (Thousand Oaks) hit his 10th home run and drove in three runs for Omaha.
Double-A--Ryan Stromsberg (Notre Dame) of Knoxville hit his fifth home run and Gabe Kapler (Taft High, Moorpark College) of Jacksonville hit his 16th in Knoxville’s 13-12 victory. Kapler drove in three runs and leads the Southern League with 86. . . . Mike Mitchell (Rio Mesa) of Mobile had four hits and is batting .331. . . . Catcher Stacey Kleiner (Taft) of Arkansas hit his fifth home run.
Class-A--Catcher Jesse Daggett (College of the Canyons) is four for eight for the Erie Sea Wolves, a short-season New York-Penn League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Kurt Airoso (Cal State Northridge) had two hits and is batting .338 for Lakeland in the Florida State League. . . . David Matranga (Pepperdine) has six stolen bases in six games for Auburn of the New York-Penn League.