Former Arizona State infielder Steve Garrabrants made sure Lancaster’s successful season did not end prematurely.
Garrabrants hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run, game tying rally in the ninth inning Friday, and Jeff Cook singled in the winning run in the 11th inning of a 9-8 victory over High Desert in the best-of-three first round of the California League playoffs.
Lancaster opened a best-of-five Southern Division championship series last night.
"I wasn’t ready to go home,’’ Garrabrants told the Los Angeles Daily News.
Garrabrants, the D-Backs’ ninth-round pick in the 2003 draft, brought the JetHawks even after they trailed 7-1 after two innings and 8-2 in the eighth.
Alex Frazier, headed for the Arizona Fall League, hit a grand slam in the JetHawks’ series-opening victory over High Desert, and Matthew Wilkinson saved both wins.
The JetHawks had several league leaders, including catcher Miguel Montero, who despite his midseason promotion to Double-A Tennessee won the Cal League batting title with a .349 average.
Phil Avlas, the starter after Montero moved up, had a threehomer game Sept. 4 and hit .367 in 37 games .
Right-hander Garrett Mock, a third-round pick in the 2004 draft, led the league with 14 victories and 160 strikeouts, and his 4.18 ERA ranked fourth.
Mock was named to the league’s postseason all-star team, as was Montero.
• South Bend, the only other minor league affiliate to make the playoffs, also won its first-round series and opened the Midwest League Eastern Division title series Saturday night.
Right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, the league MVP, finished third in the league with 92 RBIs. He finished the regular season on a 13-game hitting streak after a 16-game streak earlier. Infielder Alberto Gonzalez was fourth in the league with a .318 batting average.
Matt Elliott was second in the league with 32 saves, and Russ Ohlendorf was second with 144 strikeouts. He won 11 games.