Storm lack punch in loss

Lake Elsinore was hoping it wouldn't come to this. Instead of cruising to a California League Championship, the Storm are embattled in a brawl that will go the fifth and final round to determine the winner with the rounds tied at 2-2.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-1 to San Jose [best-of-five series tied, 2-2]

A Storm team known for its impressive offense was shutdown again on Sunday, forcing a deciding game five scheduled for Monday.

Behind the eight-ball before the cue stick ever got chalked, Lake Elsinore managed just four hits, a Sean Kazmar solo homer the only one to do any damage.

Kyle Blanks was the only player to reach second base – touching scoring position in the second inning on back-to-back one-out walks. Two fly outs ended the threat.

The bottom of the second inning began with a throwing error by David Freese. After a single and a homer, Jose Lobaton's catcher interference error – his third of the postseason – was followed by a double that scored two to cap a five-run inning against starter Cory Luebke, two of which were earned.

Luebke worked four innings, yielding three hits and two walks before giving way to Corey Kluber. Kluber allowed one run over 2.2 innings, leaving with a pair of men on in the seventh. Brandon Higelin finished out the game, stranding the two inherited runners and working 1.1 scoreless.

The Storm beat San Jose at The Diamond 11 years ago to capture their first California League Championship.


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