Kulbacki paces Storm; Missions hole

The Missions fall into a deep hole in their opening series with Frisco, as the offense again falters. Kellen Kulbacki has six RBIs through two playoff games, sending the Storm into the next round after sweeping Inland Empire.

San Antonio lost 6-1 to Frisco [Rangers] (Frisco leads series 2-0)

Stephen Faris surrendered a single and three doubles in the second inning to account for all three runs against over five innings. Faris struck out eight and allowed two base runners after the second inning blow up but took the loss. Faris went 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA across three playoff starts with Lake Elsinore a season ago. In 18.2 innings he allowed 15 hits, walked two and struck out 13 while notching a pair of double play grounders.

Gabe DeHoyos was on the hook for three runs on four hits and a walk while recording all of his outs by way of the strikeout, leaving with two men on – neither would be charged to him. The right-hander allowed runs in 14 of his 60 appearances during the regular season. DeHoyos had allowed four runs over his previous 20.2 innings while striking out 28.

The lone Missions run came after Jesus Lopez tripled in the eighth and scored on a ground out. Lopez matched his three-bag total over 117 games across two leagues during the regular season. The shortstop hit .358 over 18 games with San Antonio, drawing nine walks compared to six walks for a .441 on-base percentage. Lopez hit just .248 with a .307 on-base percentage with Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore won 10-7 in completion of suspended game over Inland Empire [Dodgers] (Lake Elsinore leads series 1-0)

Wilton Lopez allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth on three hits, giving up a two-run bomb before finishing the game out with a three-run lead still in hand.

Lake Elsinore won 8-2 over Inland Empire (Lake Elsinore won series 2-0)

For the second straight game, Kellen Kulbacki delivered a single in the first inning that plated a pair of runs. After accomplishing the feat with the bases loaded on Wednesday, Kulbacki notched a two-out single with two in scoring position to stake Lake Elsinore to an early lead. He then added a two-run blast in the seventh inning to give him four RBIs for the game. After hitting .221 over his first 22 games, Kulbacki stormed back to hit .371 over his final 66 contests with the club. The outfielder had 35 RBIs over his last 39 games.

Nathan Culp was charged with two unearned runs on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings, striking out four and netting 10 ground ball outs – including a double play grounder. Culp went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA across two playoffs starts last season for the Storm. In 13 innings he allowed 11 hits and walked two while striking out seven and netting two double play grounders.

After scoring two runs in the opening game, Eric Sogard scored two more in the second – going 4-for-4 with a double, walk and two RBIs. Sogard scored in the first and seventh and singled with men in scoring position in the eighth. The second baseman scored 97 runs during the season for Lake Elsinore while notching 87 RBIs. He had a hit in 19 of his last 21 games, swatting .344 with 20 extra base hits during the month of August.

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