Storm defense falters

After playing crisp defense in the first five games of the postseason, the Storm committed two errors and had three other plays which weren't errors but should have been made.

Although Dirk Hayhurst pitched on Saturday night, he remains the likely starter Monday should the series go to five games. "That's really like a side session for him," said Renteria.

Center fielder Drew Macias nearly came up with the catch of the series in the eighth, going deep into the left-center gap to chase down a drive off the bat of Pat Dobson. When he dove and landed on the track however, the ball popped out of his glove for a double.

Both teams traveled overnight after the game in Elsinore Friday night, with the Storm arriving at their hotel just before six in the morning.

"Both of us traveled yesterday, so there's no excuse with that," said Renteria. "We both had to play under the same circumstances."

Giants' second baseman Kevin Frandsen kept the Storm from getting the lead in the second when he made a diving stop of Josh Howard's one-hopper up the middle. He was able to get to his knees and force Juan Ciriaco at second. Had the ball gotten through, Fernando Valenzuela would have scored on the play.

Brett Bonvechio, who hails from Santa Clara, had a good-sized fan base on hand for the game. He was 1-3 with a walk and run scored on the game. He also earned cheers from Giants' fan when he struck out in the second inning. As the designated "beer batter," his K earned fans half-priced beer for 15 minutes after the at bat.

Frandsen, one of several players on the Giants' roster for the series who weren't with the team at the end of the season, was considered for a call-up to the big league club before he was sent back to help the Cal League team. Postseason roster additions are approved on a case-by-case basis by the league office.

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