Sunday, April 27, 2014

Storm Win

Storm Update

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"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            April 26, 2014

Lake Elsinore, CA – Four Storm starters recorded multiple hits Saturday night, part of a 6-2 defeat of the Inland Empire 66ers on Social Media Saturday at The Diamond.
After the 66ers scored in the top of the first, the Storm answered in the bottom half of the inning. Hunter Renfroe drove a two-out double off the 36-foot high wall in right and was joined on the base paths by Gabriel Quintana, who was hit by a pitch. Diego Goris plated Renfroe and Quintana with the second Storm two-bagger of the inning to give Lake Elsinore a 2-1 lead.
Storm starter Colin Rae settled in nicely after allowing an early run. The Cascade, Iowa native went on to throw four scoreless innings while scattering seven hits, walking two and striking out four to improve to 3-0 this season.
“My fastball was flat tonight, but I was able to make the pitches I had to make,” Rea said of his performance. “I was able to throw the changeup with some command and I got lucky a few times too.”
Leading 2-1 after two, the Storm would add in the third thanks to Quintana’s fourth home run of the season.
The Storm bats couldn’t be quieted in the following frame. Storm newcomer Chase Jensen, who finished the night with three hits, led off the home fourth with a double. Stephen Carmon bunted him to third, and Jeremy Rodriguez executed the suicide squeeze to score Jensen and increase the Storm lead to three.
Runs in the sixth and eighth provided more than enough insurance. Jensen’s second double of the game put the Texan aboard for Rodriguez, who added another RBI to his season total after looping a single into left. Carmon reached with a knock in the eighth and came around on Martinez’s single to left, his third hit in five at-bats.
Rae’s departure after five innings was followed by another sound effort from the Storm bullpen. Bryce Morrow pitched two scoreless innings and Adam Cimber worked through one and two-thirds. Cimber allowed a run to score in the eighth but limited the damage to maintain Lake Elsinore’s lead.
Trevor Gott came on to spell Cimber in the ninth and recorded the final out to secure the win. Gott now leads the California League with six saves, and the Storm improve to 12-11 while the 66ers fall to 8-15.
Despite the final score, Inland Empire managed to put the lead runner on base in seven of nine innings as part of a 12-hit effort from the visitors.
Ruben Mejia (1-1, 4.30 ERA) returns to the mound for the Storm tomorrow after making a spot start for AAA El Paso on Tuesday. He’ll be opposed by Alex Keudell (0-3, 6.48 ERA) as the Storm look for their second sweep of 2014. First pitch is slated for 1:05pm."
- Tyler Zickel

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T.Pichierri - Planet Padres Writer