Storm face best of one for title

After the game, both managers announced their starters for game five. Dirk Hayhurst (5-5, 5.38 ERA) will go for the Storm, while the Giants counter with fellow-righty Jeff Peterson (4-4, 4.97).

  • Dirk Hayhurst got three outs in relief Saturday night and had one appearance out of the pen during the Division series against Lancaster. Jeff Peterson went three innings of scoreless relief in his only postseason appearance against Modesto. He started only two games for the Giants all season.

    "We wouldn't have wanted it to go this far," said Rick Renteria. "But you know what? I'll take my team again any day of the week."

    Renteria also mentioned that Cesar Carrillo may be available but he will likely have to check with the Padres front office to ensure he can use him. More than likely the right-handed flame thrower will be available when the Storm need a key out of two with runners on base due to his ability to strikeout the opposition.

  • After posting a .563 OBP in the division championship series, Chris Kolkhorst has struggled against the Giants, going 0-13 in the series, and making a costly misplay on a fly ball in game three. Kolkhorst was not in the starting lineup and struck out as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth Sunday.

  • With the lefty on the mound for San Jose, Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. also went to the bench in favor of Colt Morton in the DH spot. Jordan Pickens got the start in right in place of Kolkhorst, going 2-4 with two strikeouts on the night.

  • Arturo Lopez hasn't posted a quality start for the Storm since defeating on Inland Empire June 16. Including his two playoff starts, he has lost 11 straight decisions while posting a 9.00 ERA in 74 innings over 15 games.

  • Shortstop Juan Ciriaco has had a strong championship series, going 8-15 with five RBI, including a 1-4 night Sunday with a walk.

    He also made three solid plays ranging up the middle on the night, showing quick feet and a quick release on the throws. He led all California League shortstops in errors during the regular season but does not have an error in postseason play.

  • With his sixth-inning single, Morton has at least one hit in every postseason game. In the playoffs, he is now 10-26 with eight RBI and seven runs scored. Knocked by some scouts earlier in his career for having to long a swing, Morton has tightened up this year which has led to much better success at the plate.

    "I've always gotten in trouble when I start trying to hit the ball 700 feet," said the six foot-six inch Morton. "My thing is I need to stay short and put the barrel on the ball. My approach in BP has changed a lot…and I'm seeing the ball a lot better, so it's helped [my swing] stay a little bit shorter."


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