Lake Elsinore Storm season in review

The Storm advanced to the second round of the playoffs before being ousted by Inland Empire. They won six games to end the season and ended up winning the second half and the division. They also boasted the second-best attendance mark in the league.

The Storm were 13-6 when tied after five innings, the best mark in the California League and were 7-3 in extra frames. Only once did Lake Elsinore post a losing month, going 14-15 in May.

Chase Headley netted an 18-game road hitting streak from June 15 through July 22, the second best mark in the league. He hit .359 over that span with 22 runs scored. Headley also reached base in 30 consecutive games from June 29 through August 9.

Peter Ciofrone's 35 game on base streak was second in the California League. Beginning on April 29 and lasting through July 22 – split because of time spent in Double-A – Ciofrone belted .367 with a .469 on base percentage.

Tim Brown's 37 doubles placed fourth in the league and his .427 on base percentage was tops in the Cali.

Cesar Ramos and his 3.70 ERA rank second in the California League.

Neil Jamison placed second with 31 saves – and added another three in Fort Wayne. Jamison also placed on top of the list with 61 appearances. His partner in crime, Ryan Klatt, placed third with 55 games and Klatt saw time in Double-A.

Brent Carter earns rank with one complete game and fell just shy of what would have been his second when he was injured and lost for the year. Carter and Mike Ekstrom also notched complete game shutouts.

The Storm were the worst hitting team in the league at .259 – 44 points lower than league-leading Lancaster. They also placed at the bottom in runs scored with 689 and hits with 1,240. Their 87 homers were tied for the second lowest total. Lake Elsinore did draw the most amount of walks at 608 and stole a respectable 107 bases.

Lake Elinore's 3.91 ERA was second to San Jose and their ten shutouts on the season tied for the league lead. The team allowed 89 homers, the second fewest in California and they walked just 362 men – 81 less than the next closest competitor.

Six players hit .290 or better during the season, among those that appeared in ten or more games. And five players boasted an on base percentage of .389 or better. Three players whiffed 90 or more times with Skip Adams' 137 the second most league wide.

Four of the Storm's starters posted an ERA of 3.75 or better over the course of the season. And seven relievers touted an ERA under 3.45.

Who did you want up with the bases loaded?

Peter Ciofrone and Brown were equally qualified. Ciofrone hit .615 with 19 RBI's and Brown hit .563 with 26 driven in. Ciofrone also paced the club with a .343 average with RISP. Mike Sansoe would have been a good choice in his brief stint, hitting .571.

Who should be on the bump with runners on base?

Left-hander Kyle Stutes led the way with a .202 average against in 82 at bats. Richie Daigle allowed just one hit in 11 at bats with the bases loaded and since traded right-hander Evan Meek surrendered two hits in 14 at bats in the same situation. Neil Jamison took home the money with runners in scoring position, limiting opponents to a .151 average in 73 at bats.


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