The Storm produced seven hits on Sunday but the Bakersfield Blaze had eight hits and scored a few more taking the win 4-2.
Storm starter Matt Andriese went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits, but still struck out seven in the outing. This was Andriese’s first loss since May 11. In the month of June, Andriese went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in five starts for the Storm.
Bakersfield jumped out to an early lead as usual beginning with a slow chopper by the fastest man in baseball Billy Hamilton. Hamilton collected his 97th and 98th stolen bases and easily scored to go ahead 1-0.
Theo Bowe singled to second in the third with two runners on, allowing Tucker Barnhart to double the lead. Hamilton followed suit scoring on a ground out by Travis Mattair as the Blaze took a 3-0 lead.
The Storm picked up a run in the fourth from Justin Miller who hit a lead off home run that traveled 383 ft. before hitting the scoreboard in right center.
In the sixth, Tommy Medica set the tone with a single to left field. Vince Belnome followed it up with a double to right field to put two runners in scoring position. Medica scored on a groundout by Connor Powers to cut the lead to one, down 3-2.
Medica has now hit in 17 straight games and is batting .418 in the streak. During that time he has hit nine doubles, two home runs and collected 16 RBIs.
Bakersfield picked up another run in the seventh when Niko Vasquez doubled to center knocking in Juan Duran and the Storm went scoreless after the stretch.
The Storm look to bounce back against the Blaze Monday for the 7:05 p.m. game. Come out for Margarita Mondays where fans can enjoy $2 Margaritas at The Diamond.
There are still tickets available for the final game of the series on Tuesday July 3 against the Blaze where fans can enjoy the best fireworks show in the area after the game.
*Contributed by Lake Elsinore Storm