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STORM SWEEPS PORTS WITH 6-3 WIN

The Lake Elsinore Storm reached the .500 mark on the season with a 6-3 win over Stockton on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep over the Ports. DH Ty France hit a bloop double in the third inning that drove in two runs and LHP Joey Lucchesi went five innings for the win.

With the home victory and Rancho Cucamonga’s loss in San Jose, the Storm are now one game out of first place.

Lucchesi was named Cal League Pitcher of the Week on April 30 and after notching the win to go to 3-0, he now has a WHIP of 0.86 and an ERA 1.66. Over 38 IP he has walked just 10 and struck out 44.

After France’s double, a popup that got lost in the sun, put the Storm up 2-0 in the third inning, Stockton came back with three runs in the top of the fourth. Lake Elsinore tied it in the bottom of the fourth, then went up 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth with a WP that scored a run and an RBI single from 2B Peter Van Gansen.

The loss dropped Stockton to 16-18, four games behind Modeso in the North.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday-through-Monday four-game series are on tap:

STOCKTON at LANCASTER

INLAND EMPIRE at SAN JOSE

MODESTO at LAKE ELSINORE

RANCHO CUCAMONGA at VISALIA

QUAKES’ PETERS, STORM’S LUCCHESI HONORED

Rancho Cucamonga’s DJ Peters has been named Cal League Player of the Week while Lake Elsinore’s Joey Lucchesi took home Pitcher of the Week honors.

Peters slashed .400/.545/.960 and had two doubles, four homers and 11 RBI in 25 ABs. Saturday night against the Storm, Peters went 2-for-5 with a HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.

Lucchesi threw six shutout innings at Visalia last Tuesday, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out eight.

ALL MILB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ALL MILB PITCHERS OF THE WEEK

 

WEEKEND MATCHUPS

All eight Cal League teams are 21 games into the season with the Modesto Nuts (13-8) and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (13-8) atop the divisions. Modesto has a two-game lead in the North over Stockton (11-10) and Visalia (11-10) and is three games up on San Jose (10-11).

The Quakes are four games clear of Lake Elsinore and Lancaster, both 9-12, while Inland Empire sits five games out at 8-13.

Three game sets are on tap for the weekend as follows:

RANCHO CUCAMONGA at LANCASTER
STOCKTON at SAN JOSE
LAKE ELSINORE at INLAND EMPIRE
VISALIA at MODESTO

Starting for Rancho Cucamonga tonight is RHP Mitchell White (1-1, 2.35). White is the Dodgers #10 prospect per MLBPipeline and ranks #19 by Baseball America. Opponents are hitting .248 against the 2016 second-round draft pick and White’s WHIP is 0.98.

In San Jose tonight, the Giants will send RHP Mike Connolly to the mound. Connolly is making his fourth start and checks in with a record of 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA. The 2013 draftee out of Maine has walked four against 13 strikeouts on the season.

 

 

STORM RELIEVERS MAKE EARLY OFFENSE HOLD UP

storm_logoThe Lake Elsinore Storm had a five-run second inning, then held on for a 7-6 win with some clutch relief pitching to avoid a sweep at Inland Empire Wednesday night.  The 66ers had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning, but were turned away.

The Storm jumped on IE starter Harrison Cooney (L, 1-9) for five runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth. Felipe Blanco and Nick Torres each singled in a pair of runs in the second, then Auston Bousfield brought home a run on a sac fly and Marcus Davis chased Cooney with an RBI single in the fourth.

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STORM BEATS RAWHIDE IN PITCHER’S DUEL, 3-1

storm_logoThe Lake Elsinore Storm scored two deciding runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post a 3-1 victory over Visalia, avoiding a sweep in the three-game series. A crowd of 6,096 at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore saw the home team break  up a tense pitching duel and knock off the juggernaut Rawhide.

Visalia starter R.J.Hively went six strong innings, striking out 10, but was matched by Lake Elsinore’s Ronald Herrera, who gave up just one earned run over 5 1/3 innings. Gabriel Quintana doubled in a run for the Storm in the bottom of the fourth to break the scoreless tie. In the top of the sixth, Visalia’s Jamie Westbrook singled in a run to tie it up.

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ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Updated, all teams’ announcements/rosters)

Here are more roster announcements from the various Cal League pages. Opening Night is tomorrow with the first scheduled game in Lancaster as the Jethawks host the San Jose Giants at 6:30PM. The rest of the teams face off later that evening.

BAKERSFIELD BLAZE (Mariners)

INLAND EMPIRE 66ers (Angels)

LAKE ELSINORE STORM (Padres)

LANCASTER JETHAWKS (Astros)

MODESTO NUTS (Rockies)

RANCHO CUCAMONGA QUAKES (Dodgers)

SAN JOSE GIANTS (Giants)

STOCKTON PORTS (Athletics)

VISALIA RAWHIDE (Diamondbacks)

VISALIA, INLAND EMPIRE SWEEP

The Visalia Rawhide finished off a mini-series sweep of the powerful Stockton Ports with a 2-1 win Thursday night to advance to the Division Finals against Bakersfield.

The Inland Empire 66ers did the same as they went 13 innings to pull off a 5-4 win over Lake Elsinore and advance to the Division Finals against Lancaster.

VISALIA – 2
STOCKTON – 1

Andrew Barbosa (VIS) – W, 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Rudy Flores (VIS) – 2-for-4, HR (2)
Socrates Brito (VIS) – 2-for-4, 1 Run
Chris Lamb (STK) – 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Brendan McCurry (STK) – 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Jaycob Brugman (STK) – 2-for-3, 1 Run

LAKE ELSINORE – 4
INLAND EMPIRE – 5

Clint  Sharp (IE) – 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Danny Miranda (IE) – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Anthony Bemboom (IE) – 3-for-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Dennis Raben (IE) – 2-for-5, 1 Run
Elliot Morris (LE) – 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Alberth Martinez (LE) – 3-for-6, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 Runs
Benji Gonzalez (LE) – 2-for-5, RBI, 1 Run scored

The Division Finals start on Saturday:

INLAND EMPIRE @ LANCASTER – 6PM
VISALIA @ BAKERSFIELD – 7:15PM

 

 

 

RAWHIDE, 66ERS WIN PLAYOFF OPENERS

Steve McQuail went deep three times as the Visalia Rawhide roughed up the Stockton Ports for a 13-3 win in the North division playoff opener in Visalia Wednesday night. Brandon Sinnery went six innings, allowing three earned runs, and then Keith Hessler and Johnny Shuttlesworth went three scoreless innings out of the Rawhide bullpen to seal the win.

STOCKTON – 3
VISALIA – 13
Visalia leads series, 1-0

Brandon Sinnery (VIS) 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Johnny Shuttlesworth (VIS) – 2 IP, 2  H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Steve McQuail (VIS) – 4-for-5, 3 HR, 5 RBI
Rudy Flores (VIS) – 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI
Matt Olson (STK) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI
Beau Taylor (STK) – 2-for-2, HR,

In the South division mini series, Inland Empire came from behind late with two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth to post a 4-2 win over Lake Elsinore.

INLAND EMPIRE – 4
LAKE ELSINORE – 2
Inland Empire leads series 1-0

Dennis Raben (IE) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 Runs scored
Raymond Hanson (IE) – 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Jeremy Baltz (LE) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI
Bryan Rodriguez (LE) – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

FRIDAY NIGHT WRAP

CL2Brief wrap tonight. The first half races were decided heading into tonight’s action, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t the usual intrigue on the field. Two games were low-scoring nailbiters (Stockton 3 – San Jose 1, Inland Empire 3 – Visalia 1) and three games were more traditional offensive contests (Lancaster 7 – Rancho Cucamonga 4, High Desert 10 – Lake Elsinore 9, Modesto 8 – Bakersfield 5).

High Desert’s 10-9 win over Lake Elsinore was a walkoff, with the Mavericks coming back from the dead. The Storm held a commanding lead of 8-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, but High Desert struck for four runs, then four more in the bottom of the ninth (Lake Elsinore scored once in the top of the ninth) to end the game. Burt Reynolds capped the comeback with a two-run shot to send the fans home happy.

In San Bernardino, Inland Empire rose up from a 1-0 deficit with an Andrew Ray 2-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. The 66ers tacked on one more run in the inning to finish the scoring.

Despite the loss, Rawhide RHP Braden Shipley dealt with authority until the fateful 7th inning. Over his 6 2/3 innings, the Diamondbacks’ #2 prospect (MLB.com’s #64 prospect) was impressive with his fastball, slider and changeup:

At the end of the day, Shipley gave up the homer that decided the game, and Ray and the 66ers got the job done. But Shipley caused a buzz among learned observers tonight with his skillset and it was fun to watch the real-time commentary on Twitter.

I’ll be posting more on the first half of the California League season in the next day or two, if all goes to form. The races and playoff implications are always intriguing and the individual performances are the focus of so much commentary. A lot has happened since Opening Day and currently we have high-profile pitchers Trevor Cahill and Mark Appel on Cal League rosters. I’ll be talking about some of my points of interest as we break for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game.

What stood out for you over the first half of the season? Send any thoughts for discussion through email or Twitter.

ROAD TRIP: VISALIA

IMG_4752Visalia sits just about dead-center of the sprawling California League, a couple of hundred miles south and east of San Jose and about 250 miles north of Lake Elsinore. Saturday night I took the trip down Hwy 99 to Recreation Park to see the Rawhide take on the Lake Elsinore Storm and it was a true California League game on the field. The weather couldn’t have been better and the park was jammed with 2,623 fans who saw a real fireworks show, early and late.

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