RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The Lake Elsinore Storm leveraged a career outing from starter Enyel De Los Santos en route to a 2-1 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Thursday, a classic pitcher’s duel that secured the San Diego Padres affiliate a series victory over Rancho.
Lake Elsinore took an early lead with a run in the second. Michael Gettys led off the frame with a double and advanced to third on a groundout in the next at-bat. Gettys would score on a wild pitch thrown by Quakes starter Tommy Bergjans (L, 2-13) in the next at-bat, putting The Eyes up 1-0.
The Storm doubled their advantage in the fourth. Ty France flared a single to left field with one out, which brought Gettys to the plate. On a 3-2 pitch France was on the move, and Rancho Cucamonga’s catcher made an ill-advised throw to second after the pitch was called for ball four. The ball got by the second baseman and into centerfield, which allowed France to advance another 90 feet to put runners on the corners with one out. Up stepped Josh Naylor, who grounded out to second base to score France and make it 2-0 Lake Elsinore.
De Los Santos (W, 4-3) turned in his best California League of the season. The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native worked seven innings and gave up just one run – a solo home run in the seventh – while striking out six and walking none.
Colby Blueberg (H, 3) and Phil Maton (S, 8) worked perfect innings of relief to secure the 2-1 Storm win.
Lake Elsinore (60-57) will bus to Bakersfield Friday morning to take on the Blaze (62-55) at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Brett Kennedy (5-7, 3.22 ERA) will oppose Zack Littell (5-1, 2.09 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:15pm.
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