Storm routes 66ers, win 8-1
Lake Elsinore, CA – The offense came alive tonight at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore as the Storm eight runs off of 12 hits against Inland Empire to take game one of the three game series against the 66ers.
Storm leftfielder Everett Williams hit a booming shot to center field that landed him a triple in the first that set the tone for the evening. Williams would finish the game going three for four to be the third Storm player to do so this season. He eventually scored off a Rymer Liriano groundout to give the Storm the lead 1-0.
After starter Matt Andriese only allowed one hit, no runs, and no errors in the top of the second the Storm found the tempo they have been looking for at the plate.
In the bottom of the second the Storm reached base first by Connor Powers who was hit by a pitch that came up in the positive column for Lake Elsinore. Powers scored on the next play as Chris Bisson hit a double in the left field corner doubling their lead. After back-to-back walks by Rico Noel and Cory Spangenberg up came Williams with the bases loaded. Williams hit a rocket to right center field clearing the bases and giving the Storm a 5-1 lead going into the third.
Andreise again allowed no runs and the Storm picked up two more runs off the first home run for the Storm this season hit by catcher Eddy Rodriguez with a man on now up 7-0.
The 66ers lone run came in the top of the fourth as Travis Witherspoon singled, stole and scored on a double hit by Randal Grichuk.
The Storm tacked on one more run for good measure in the eighth via singles by Bisson, Noel and Williams to score the final run of the night.
Andreise went four innings and allowed only three hits, one run, and struck out four in the matchup.
The Storm bullpen held Inland Empire to no runs and only one walk in the final five innings.
66er Brian Diemer let up five hits, seven runs and seven errors for the loss.
The Storm had a season high in runs and hits and tonight their first five runs were extra base hits.
Tomorrow night the Storm will send Mark Hardy to the mound in the 7:05 game to duke it out against Los Angeles pitcher Jerome Williams in his final rehab start before returning to Anaheim.
Fans don’t forget tomorrow is Fat Tuesdays, tickets to the game at $14 and it is all you can eat concessions.
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