Storm nothing but a sprinkle in 17-3 loss

A home crowd of 3,738 saw the first seven batters reached base off Clark Girardeau in the first inning as the Storm fell into a four run hole and went on to get crushed, 17-3.

After a walk opened the first inning, Fernando Valenzuela Jr. tossed a way a tailor-made double play ball, giving Bakersfield runners on first and third. A stolen base from put both runners in scoring position with nobody out. A walk loaded the bases. A laser up the middle by Josh Kreuzer brought in two runs. A double by Travis Metcalf 390 feet into left-center scored two more runs to give the Blaze a 4-0 lead. A single to left was next to put runners back on first and third. Clark Girardeau hit the next batter to load the bases. He got the next batter to pop out and induced a double play to end the inning without further damage as four runs crossed the plate.

"The first inning set the tone," Manager Rick Renteria said.

An infield single started the second inning off and it was followed by a triple to left-center by Anthony Webster. With the infield pulled in, Larry Grayson singled past a diving Skip Adams to bring a second run in the inning home. He went to second on an error. Kreuzer added a two-run bomb over the left field wall, his fourth RBI over the first two innings, chasing Girardeau from the game.

Girardeau's tally: Eight earned over one-plus inning on seven hits, a hit batsman and a walk.

Chris Tierney came on in relief and prompting gave up a homer to Metcalf – who missed a homer in his first at bat by mere inches. After an error on Brett Dowdy and a ground out which advanced the runner, Craig Ringe singled to left to bring around the runner and gave Bakersfield a 10-0 lead.

Two more runs scored in the fourth inning off Tierney on a bases loaded single to put the Blaze up 12-0.

"We played poorly all the way around," Renteria added. "We have to do better. We played like we want to go home and we don't want to go home.

"The reality is we are here and want to be here. We did not challenge to overcome adversity. A lot has to do with concentration and execution. They have a million different thoughts this time of year and we didn't have the fire tonight."

Colt Morton opened up the bottom half of the fifth with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a ground out. He would be stranded at third. It was their best chance of the day against Blaze starter Andy Walker. Walker limited the Storm to two hits over five frames before exiting the game.

Metcalf hit his second homer of the game and 22nd of the year off Ryan Klatt in the seventh inning, a two-run shot. It gave him five RBI's on the night.

Valenzuela Jr. hit a 370-foot solo homer to right-center in the bottom of the seventh to give Lake Elsinore their first run of the game. Brett Dowdy added an RBI single for the second run of the game.

Anthony Webster hit a two-run blast off Ryan Trytten in the top of the ninth to add further insult. Not to be outdone, Grayson smashed one over the right-centerfield wall to give Bakersfield their second set of back-to-back homers on the night.

Craig Johnson doubled in Skip Adams with two outs in the ninth to set the final margin, 17-3.

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