13 Hit Attack Propels The Eyes to a 10-2 Win Sunday
Article By Tyler Zickel, The Lake Elsinore StormLAKE ELSINORE, CA - A three-run first was all the Lake Elsinore Storm needed Sunday, as The Eyes pounded out 13 hits en route to a 10-2 trouncing of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at The Diamond.
Lake Elsinore used just one hit to plate three in the first inning. Auston Bousfield started things with a lead-off walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch during the next at-bat. Another walk and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two outs. Nick Schulz walked to load the bases, and Kyle Gaedele worked a base on balls of his own to earn an RBI that made it 1-0.
With the bases still loaded,Marcus Davis, who celebrated his 23rd birthday today, laced a two RBI single into centerfield to give the Storm a 3-0 advantage. Rancho Cucamonga starter Zach Bird (L, 2-1) walked five hitters in the frame, his lone inning of work in his fourth outing of the season.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
The Storm doubled their lead in the second. River Stevens led off the inning with a walk, then stole second. After a groundout moved the runner to third, Fernando Perez was walked for the second time in as many plate appearances to put Storm on the corners. Gabriel Quintana followed with a hot shot to third that wasn't played cleanly, which allowed Stevens to score and make it 4-0.
After a groundout sent the runners to second and third, Gaedele collected his second and third RBIs of the game with a single to left field, putting The Eyes up 6-0.
With the offense firing on all cylinders, Storm starter Ronald Herrera (W, 2-1) was loaded with ammunition of his own. The 19-year old from Maracay, Venezuela baffled Rancho hitters throughout his six inning appearance, blanking the Quakes by allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts.
Leading 6-0, Lake Elsinore added two more in the fifth. Adolfo Reina singled, advancing to third onYale Rosen's first of two doubles in the game. Bousfield cashed in with an RBI single two batters later, and Perez earned an RBI with a groundout to make it 8-0.
After the Quakes put up a pair in the top of the seventh, the Storm got both runs back in the bottom of the eighth. Schulz doubled with one out then scored after Davis delivered his third hit of the afternoon two batters later. Reina followed with another base hit, then Rosen brought in Davis with his second double of the day.
The Storm bullpen continued its recent trend of impressive performance. Walker Weickel, Sam Holland and Luis Hernandez kept the lead intact to help secure the victory.
Five of nine Lake Elsinore hitters recorded multiple hits in the game. Schulz and Davis paced the offense with three hits apiece, and the latter joined Gaedele as a three RBI contributor. With his three for five performance today, Marcus Davis has now hit safely in nine of the last ten games he's played in.
With the win, the Storm (8-10) take the series 3-1 from the Quakes (10-8), who had won five straight against Lake Elsinore prior to Friday's game. The Storm have won back-to-back series for the first time in 2015 and finished the week with a 5-2 record.
After an off day Monday, Lake Elsinore will travel to San Bernardino on Tuesday for their first meeting with the Inland Empire 66ers. Rafael De Paula (1-1, 4.85 ERA) will oppose Victor Alcantara (1-2, 2.50 ERA) as The Eyes go for their fourth consecutive win. First pitch is slated for 7:05pm.
Photos by Mike Clary