Blaze drop Storm 8-3

LAKE ELSINORE - The Blaze put a pair of runs on the board before the Storm got their first out of the game as Lake Elsinore struggled at the plate and on the mound Wednesday night.

Starter Matthew Shepherd, who had a strong year last season for the Storm with a 6-1 record, struggled tonight giving up seven runs, but only two of the earned. The first five batters combined for over twelve hits and six RBI as Bakersfield put up seven runs in the first four innings.

Lake Elsinore is 20-46 since June 1 and are currently in dead last of the Cal League South.

One of the bright spots for the Storm in the second half has been the play of right fielder Nick Torres, who was called up from Low-A Fort Wayne on July 11, and appears to have solidified his hold on being the everyday right fielder in Double-A San Antonio next year.

Torres had two hits tonight and now has 14 extra-base hits in 28 games with Lake Elsinore to go along with a .303 batting average. Designated hitter Marcus Davis also had a solid game with a pair of hits and two RBI.

Key Statistics: RHP Matthew Shepherd (L, 3-8) 3.2 IP 7 H 7 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 K; CF Auston Bousfield 1-4; RF Nick Torres 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI 2 RS; DH Marcus Davis 2-3, 2 RBI, BB.

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