Two doubles in the first by the Inland Empire 66ers cost the Storm who collected eight hits but scored only one run in a 2-1 loss. The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes captured an 8-7 victory Friday night pushing the Storm out of playoff contention with three games left to play in the regular season.
Storm starter Chris Fetter pitched four innings allowed just three hits and the two runs that would eventually be the difference maker.
Relievers Ryan Quigley and Jeff Ibarra combined to pitch the final five innings allowing no hits and no runs to close out the night.
In the first Ryan Jones and Gary Mitchell each hit doubles scoring two for the eventual victory. After Jones’ double to right field, Kaleb Cowart reached on a fielding error allowing Taylor Lindsey to score the first run. Mitchell would collect his first double of the season scoring Jones to be enough for the win.
The lone run for the Storm came in third by way of Casey McElroy. McElroy doubled to left and would score on a Robert Kral single.
Kral would go 2 for 4 on the night including a double in the second.
The Storm will look to jump back into the playoffs in game two against the 66ers with a 6:05 p.m. start. Fans come out to the ballpark and enjoy a salute to Ohio along with the first 1,500 fans receiving a 2013 Storm Calendar on Saturday.
On a Sunday Funday, we give appreciation to you the Fans with constant giveaways and prizes throughout the game. The regular season will come to a close on Monday with our BEER BLOWOUT!
We are trying to tap the kegs with our “Liquidation” sale of $1 beers.
*Contributed by the Lake Elsinore Storm