A power failure stopped the game in the ninth inning with Lake Elsinore leading 10-5. The game will be resumed tonight before the second game of the California League playoffs.
Josh Wall was the starting pitcher for Inland Empire and he got off to a rocky start. The first Storm batter reached base on an error and after a second error, a walk, a pair of wild pitches and a pair of hits, the visitors led 3-0 before the 66ers could come to bat.
Leadoff man Bridger Hunt lined a double to left and scored later on a groundout by first baseman Drew Locke in the bottom of the inning. Matt Berezay boomed a long shot that cleared the screen behind the wall in right field in the second and the 66ers tied the game in the third when shortstop Jaime Pedroza banged a double and Locke drove him in with another ground ball.
The tie didn't last long though, as the Storm tagged Wall with three more runs in the fourth before relief pitcher David Pfeiffer put out the fire.
Justin Fuller reached base via a walk in the fourth and advanced to third on a single by catcher Alex Garabedian, then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hunt to cut the deficit to 6-4.
That ended the scoring until Lake Elsinore added one more in the seventh and three in the eighth off Joe Jones and Jordan Pratt. Two of the four runs were unearned.
Back to back singles by Pedroza and right fielder Tommy Giles added the 66ers final run in the seventh.
Trailing 10-5 in the top of the ninth, reliever Luis Vasquez got two quick outs, and then allowed a double before the stadium lights went out, causing a 26 minute delay. The lights went on, Vasquez threw three pitches and then the lights shut off again.
After a meeting at home plate both team's managers, general managers and the commissioner of the California League decided to suspend the game.
The series will shift to the Lake Elsinore's home park tonight. The suspended game of the series will resume and the second game of the series will take place immediately after.
The 66ers will have their left hander Victor Garate on the mound, facing left handedr Nathan Culp.
Orem Wins 8-5
The Raptors 8-5 loss to Orem was their 12th loss in 15 meetings with Orem in a game that was nothing more than a tune-up for the Pioneer League Playoffs that start Saturday.
Ogden collected 12 hits, with each starter credited with at least one, but left 10 runners on base and trailed 3-0 before they got on the scoreboard in the third inning. Robert Boothe (2-5) was tagged for six runs, five earned, over six innings and took the loss.
Matt Wallach's solo homer tied the game 3-3 in the top of the sixth but the Owlz added three more in the bottom of the inning and never trailed.
Tony Delmonico finished with three hits, including a double and Matt Wallach homered and doubled. Austin Yount had a pair of runs batted in.
Two more games in Orem will precede the first game of the playoffs.
Score by Innings Ogden 001 101 110-5 Orem 210 003 11x-8 Ogden ab r h bi ave Gordon ss 4 2 1 0 .332 Yount 3b 5 0 1 2 .288 Delmonico 2b 4 1 3 0 .348 Russell cf 5 0 1 0 .284 Vetters rf 5 0 1 1 .404 Wallach c 5 2 2 1 .281 Calfee fl 3 0 1 0 .231 Casanova dh 4 0 1 0 .238 Orr 1b 4 0 1 0 .220 Totals 39 5 12 4 Orem 32 8 12 7 Error- Boothe 2. 2B- Delmonico (20), Wallach (17). HR- Wallach (10). RBI- Yount 2 (18), Wallach (34), Vetters (41). LOB- Ogden 10, Orem 6. SB- Gordon 2 (18). Ogden in h r-er bb so era Boothe (2-5) 6.0 8 6-5 3 5 6.89 Smith 2.0 4 2-2 0 0 5.40 T- 2:35. Att- 3,225.