Well for the sake of the baseball gods we didn't want to post anything about the Storm for fear of jinxing their streak, but it finally game to an end at 8 games....Great run boys put another one together.
The Storm were riding an eight-game winning streak going into Inland Empire on Wednesday night. After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, it looked as if the Storm were going to pull off their ninth win in a row.
Storm starter Pedro Hernandez pitched five innings of shutout baseball to keep the 2-0 lead in tact. However, Inland Empire would get after the Storm bullpen, scoring nine runs between the sixth and seventh innings.
Just as it seemed all was lost, the Storm bats would wake up when LF Dean Anna led off the inning with a double. 66ers pitcher Kevin Nabors would then walk the next three batters in a row to help the Storm push across another run. SS Jeudy Valdez would strike out next for the first out. With the bases still loaded and the score 9-3 in favor of IE, Storm 3B Jedd Gyorko earned his first hit of the night, a two-RBI double bring the Storm within four runs.
Jedd Gyorko was also named Cal League Player of the Week. This hot hitting 3rd baseman has really made an impact on this league and team already. He's currently hitting .390ba with a .455obp and a monstrous .701 slg pct. He plays a very solid 3rd and is hot on the heels of James Darnell who is currently in AA. This kid has a very bright future and we will continue to keep our eyes on him while he's in LE.
California League - c/o MiLB
Jedd Gyorko, Lake Elsinore
.469/.897/1.365, 7 G, 12-for-29, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 9 RS, 3 BB, 2 K, 4 SB, 0 CS
The Padres grabbed West Virginia product Jedd Gyorko in the second round of last year's Draft, and the 22-year-old infielder is already succeeding in Class A Advanced ball. After finishing the previous week with a two-homer Sunday, Gyorko went yard again Monday and had a double, a single, two stolen bases, an RBI and two runs scored Tuesday. He was a triple shy of the cycle on a five-RBI Wednesday and missed out on the feat by a double Friday. Although he chilled out by going 0-for-7 over Saturday and Sunday, he did manage a stolen base and a run scored between those games.
Play Ball !!!
-Planet Padres Writer-
The Storm have surged back into relevance, but have a ways still to go to reel in Rancho Cucamonga. They are currently 8 games out and will play RC this weekend in RC. For now it's on to game two against Inland Empire, and hopeuflly the start of another 8 game winning streak. Good luck STORM !!!
-Planet Padres Writer-