Sunday, April 8, 2012

Storm fall 7-2

Road trip to the Elsinore Storm

Well last night we took our first trip of the year up to see the Storm play. Packed up the whole famn damily and headed up. It was a fantastic night for baseball under blue skies and a temperature in the 70's. But a win was not in the cards, and the Storm fell to the Ports 7-2. It was Championship ring give away night, and they did a really great job with this for the fans.

Burch Smith came out of the gates guns blazing hitting 91, 95, 95, 96, 95 & 97 mph on his first 6 pitches, resulting in a weak fly out to CF. Unfortunately he left the ball up in the zone a few times, and was the recipient of some poor defense behind him as well as a few questionable calls by the lone umpire in the field, and eventually take the loss. He does however have a very lively arm, but conditioning might be an issue, as his velocity did dip as the game went on. Like very much what I saw initially and think his weaknesses are very correctable with a little seasoning.

Rymer Liriano left me really disappointed on this night reaching safely only once on a badly misplayed ball by the RFer and 2nd baseman. I suppose even those look like linedrives in the books, but certainly not while you're sitting there watching. Anyway I can't wait for my next trip up to see this kid. He's much bigger, and stronger than I anticipated, and I can only hope he becomes as good as many think he can be. He did make a fantastic play slamming into the RF wall which was nice to see.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Stockton 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1
7 12 1

Lake Elsinore 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 6 2
Recap | Box
W: Walz (1-0, 2.84) L: Smith (0-1, 10.38)
Game Story: Stockton

The highlight of the night happened in the 1st inning when Cory Spangenberg lead off with a Triple. One thing is for sure, this guy has a great approach at the plate, knows what he's doing, showed excellent bat control, and when he did hit it can flat out motor. Below is the video.

-Planet Padres Writer-

Play Ball !!!

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