A day after Lake Elsinore took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Inland Empire carried a one-hitter into the seventh.
Chase Headley busted through with a single in the second frame off Andrew Baldwin but was thrown out at second trying to steal.
The Storm would stay quiet until the seventh. Nic Crosta and Tim Brown would each single but both were left stranded when Nick Hundley flied out. Baldwin would retire the side in order in the eighth and ninth to secure the win.
Josh Geer contributed 5.2 innings of one run ball, giving up five hits and four walks while whiffing four. He left the game with the bases loaded in the sixth and Richie Daigle came on to induce an inning ending ground out.
The only run to score against Geer came in the second when he allowed a leadoff double to Casey Craig. After a sacrifice fly pushed Craig to third, a wild pitch brought him home. Chris Colton would later double, meaning the run would have scored regardless.
Geer had won five straight decisions coming into the game but had yielded 19 runs over his last 16 innings on 33 hits and two walks – yet he went 2-0 over that stretch. It is the sixth time in 16 starts, including the playoffs, he has allowed one run or less in California League play. The opposition did hit .316 off him during over his 89 innings of work.
Daigle has tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless ball in the playoffs, allowing one hit. He has now stranded six inherited runners over those two appearances, getting the final out of two different innings. During the regular season, Daigle allowed just one hit in 11 at bats with the bases juiced – the best mark on the squad – and he did not walk a batter. He has allowed one run over his last 13 outings, spanning 18 innings.