Lake Elsinore won 7-5 over High Desert (Royals) – lead 1-0 in best of three
Arturo Lopez got the nod to open the series and provided five-plus innings of three-run ball, surrendering eight hits and a walk. Lopez allowed one hit over six innings his last time out. The opposition is hitting .333 off him over six games with the Storm and in four starts he has a 4.76 ERA, down from the 15.43 ERA he had as a reliever.
Mark Roberts gave up two homers in the sixth inning, a two-run blast followed by a solo shot in back-to-back style to tie the game at 5-5 after he recorded the first two outs of the frame. A scoreless seventh inning provided the backdrop for the right-hander to earn the win. Roberts had given up four homers in 27 appearances with the Storm, giving up two on July 30 and two on June 18. He has given up runs in nine of his 28 outings on the year, including the playoffs. It is the fifth time he has surrendered more than one run.
Matt Hagen doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in a run. He came into the game with seven hits in his last 48 at bats, a .146 average. Seven of his last eight hits have gone for extra bases. The utility player had drawn five walks in his last six games coming in. Hagen had been hitting .152 when he suited up as the designated hitter before going 2-for-5 on Wednesday.
Skip Adams had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. It was his sixth three-hit night of the year. Adams came into the game with 24 hits in his last 123 at bats, a .195 average. Ironically, he collected 16 RBI's during the month of August, his most in any month during the year. Adams hit .251 with runners on base during the regular season and .204 with the bases empty.
Fort Wayne lost 8-3 to West Michigan (Tigers) – down 1-0 in best of three
For the eighth time in their 13-year history and third straight year under Randy Ready, the Fort Wayne Wizards are in the Midwest League playoffs.
Steve Delabar took the loss in a game Fort Wayne hosted, allowing four runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batsman over five frames. It was the eighth time in 28 starts that he has allowed more than three runs in a start and the fifth time in the last 22. He has given up three homers in the last two games after allowing one on Wednesday; he gave up just three dingers in his previous 19 starts.
Mike Baxter reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk but was only able to score on his solo homer leading off the bottom of the first. It was the second bomb in eight games for Baxter after netting two over his first 110 games. Baxter has a hit in 17 of his last 18 games with 12 extra base hits. Over that time he has recorded ten multi-hit games.
Alfredo Fernandez lasted just a third of an inning and was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits, including a solo homer. Co-winner of Pitcher of the Year as named by the Wizards, Fernandez gave up two earned runs in his previous 15 appearances during the regular season. The homer was his fourth allowed on the year and first since July 14 – and the last time he allowed three hits in a game was the same day.
Former Padres' prospect Ricky Steik came in with two on and one out and proceeded to strike out the two batters he faced.
Eugene lost 4-3 to Salem-Keizer (Giants) – last game of the season
Michael Campbell made sure he left a lasting impression by going out with a bang. The outfielder crushed two homers, his fourth and fifth since joining Eugene and sixth overall over three leagues, driving in all three runs for the Ems. He was the only player on the squad to notch a multi-hit game. Campbell had 13 RBI's over his last 14 games and 19 in 28 games in Eugene.
Jackson Quezada struck out three over two innings of scoreless and hitless ball. After allowing runs in seven of eight appearances, including four starts, to open the year, Quezada has allowed runs in two of his last ten. The right-hander has whiffed 17 over his last 14.2 innings. He has a 3.07 ERA over that time with ten hits allowed. He has a .200 average against as a reliever.
Drew Miller tossed four innings, allowing one run on three hits, three walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. Miller also picked off a runner at first base. He has hit four batters and tossed four wild pitches on the year. It is the fourth time eight starts that he has walked three or more. He has allowed just four hits in 33 at bats to the leadoff man of an inning this year but has a .329 average against with runners on base.