The Storm headed back on the road Saturday to take on the Inland Empire Sixth Sixers in a three-game series. Led by Rico Noel who went 2 for 3 and scored two runs, hitting his 11th double of the season, the Storm captured a 7-1 win.
After Brennan Gowens singled to left field scoring Taylor Lindsey to give the home team a 1-0 lead after one, the Storm scored runs in the next five innings and held the 66ers to only one run.
Chris Bisson put the Storm on the board in the third, hitting just his second triple of the season to center field to score B.J. Guinn.
Bisson is second on the team in runs scored with 51 on 84 hits with a .275 batting average in 88 games.
Bisson scored on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Medica to give the Storm a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth, Guinn hit into a force out to reach first and allowed Michael Wing to score a run for the Storm.
Noel hit his double to lead off the top of the fifth for the Storm. Noel ended up on third after a throwing error by the pitcher and scored off a sacrifice fly by Casey McElroy.
The Storm picked up one more run in the inning after pitcher Fabio Martinez walked Justin Miller, Medica and Eddy Rodriguez consecutively to load the bases. Miller scored after Wing hit a high pop fly to left field.
Noel stole his 63rd stolen base of the season in the sixth inning to put a base runner in scoring position for McElroy, who hit an RBI line drive to center field giving the Storm a 6-1 lead.
When it looked like things would come to a halt for the streaking Medica, he led off the seventh with another chance. Medica not only hit an infield single, but he eventually scored the seventh run on the night for the Storm and he extended his hitting streak to 29 games.
Storm starter Burch Smith went five innings and allowed only one run on six hits for his ninth win of the season. Relievers Greg Gonzalez and Chris Haney would pitch two scoreless innings each.
The Storm will head back up to Sam Manuel Stadium for game two on Sunday beginning at 6:05 p.m.
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