Storm lose game, Championsip after 2-0 series lead

The Lake Elsinore Storm entered the road portion of their Championship playoff series up two games to nil in a best of five series. After Monday's game their season ended as San Jose swept them at home to win the California League title.

The only offense the Storm could muster on Monday was a solo homer by Drew Macias in the fifth.

Lost during the 3-1 victory for San Jose was an impressive performance by Storm starter Dirk Hayhurst. After seeing a relief appearance on Saturday, the right-hander was dominant over six innings, allowing just a single by Travis Ishikawa to open the third inning and blanking the Giants throughout the night.

He even struck out the side in the sixth to end his night and whiffed eight on the evening.

Reliever Matt Varner, called up from Fort Wayne specifically for the playoffs, was charged with all three runs after hitting a batter, issuing a one out walk and a single. Ryan Klatt replaced him and promptly gave up a single to score a run and a sacrifice fly, which turned into a run scored and a double play to end the inning when Macias threw out a runner at second base.

Colt Morton led off the ninth inning with a single but Brett Bonvechio, Juan Ciriaco and Fernando Valenzuela each struck out swinging to end the game and the Storm's hopes of a League Championship.

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