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BLAME BUZZ BATTERS, NOT `HAWK’ FOR EXTRA-INNING LOSS TO CALGARY

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The Salt Lake Buzz knew they wouldn't go unbeaten throughout the entire second half of the PCL's split season, but that doesn't make Saturday night's loss any easier to accept.

The Buzz wasted a record-breaking pitching performance by LaTroy Hawkins in front of a season-high crowd of 11,184 at Franklin Quest Field, losing 2-1 to the Calgary Cannons in 10 innings."That was a great effort by Hawk," said Buzz manager Phil Roof, whose pitcher hurled the complete game. "He did his part. The hitters just didn't do their part."

The Buzz and Cannons are now both 5-1 in the second half of the season, tied atop the PCL Northern Division standings.

Hawkins' 10 innings is a new Buzz single-game pitching record. He scattered seven hits and walked two while striking out five. It was the second time this year Hawkins, whose record fell to 3-3, hurled a complete game only to lose.

The Buzz blew several opportunities to break the 1-1 tie, as nine baserunners were stranded. Salt Lake, which won three of their previous five games on the last swing of the bat, wasted a lead-off single by Mitch Simons in the bottom of the ninth when a sacrifice bunt attempt was popped up and the next two batters flew out.

"We didn't do the little things you need to do to win," said Roof. "We should have won it in nine innings."

Calgary's Midre Cummings led off the 10th with a double to left. Kevin Polcovich singled Cummings home for the game-winning run two outs later.

The Buzz entered the contest on a season-high five-game winning streak and with a 6-0 mark in extra inning games at home. Both streaks came to an end.

"I just told the guys they have to start another streak tomorrow," said Roof. "There's a good feeling with this team that we can compete for the division title."

The Buzz and Cannons will play the third game of their four-game set today at 5 p.m. Salt Lake right-hander Scott Klingenbeck (4-3, 3.80 ERA), who is ninth in the league in ERA, is scheduled to start against Calgary RHP John Ericks (1-1, 5.52 ERA). Salt Lake's eight-game homestand to start the second half will conclude Monday.

Buzz veteran Brian Raabe was back in the lineup after a three-week stay with the parent Minnesota Twins. Raabe, who entered the game leading the PCL with a .370 batting average, went 1-for-5 with a triple and scored Salt Lake's only run.

BUZZ BRIEFS: Saturday's loss was Salt Lake's 12th extra inning game of the year - which added to the three-year old club's season record. The previous record for extra inning games was set last year when they played in 10. The Buzz are (7-5) in extra frames in '96 . . . Viewmont High graduate Reed Secrist went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Cannons.