Cal League Baseball: Keel Too Even for Quakes in 6-1 Loss to Storm

Lake Elsinore’s Jerry Keel Tosses Complete Game Against Rancho

By Zach Bigley

Rancho Cucamonga, CA- Jerry Keel dominated the Quakes on Thursday night for the Storm by tossing his first career complete game in a 6-1 Lake Elsinore win.

Keel (2-3) threw 111 pitches over his nine innings, only allowing one run on two hits (a Quincy Latimore solo home run in the second and an Omar Estevez single in the seventh) while striking out nine and walking three

Fernando Perez started the scoring with a triple that knocked in Austin Allen off of Rancho starter Parker Curry in the first inning.

Latimore followed that with a solo blast to tie the game at 1-1 in the second inning. It was his third home run in a Quakes’ uniform this season after only hitting two home runs in 42 games with Double-A Tulsa earlier this year.

Curry then surrendered the go-ahead home run to Allen in the third. It was Allen’s 21st homer of the season and his third of the series.

Curry (2-6) was handed the loss in the game, only lasting three innings and surrendering the two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking one.

Curry was replaced by Daniel Corcino, who faced the minimum through four innings with four strikeouts, but fell into trouble during his fifth inning of work in the eighth.

Corcino yielded back-to-back one-out base-runners and Jason Richman took over on the hill for the Quakes. After Richman picked up a strikeout, Perez slammed a three-run home run to make it 5-1.

The Storm padded their lead with a River Stevens RBI single in the ninth off of Alex Hermeling, and it was 6-1.

Even with a loss in the final game of the series, the Quakes took the set, 2-1. Rancho Cucamonga (36-24, 72-58) and Lake Elsinore (24-36, 59-71) will meet up again in the final series of the regular season from September 1st through September 4th.

The Quakes will welcome the Inland Empire 66ers into LoanMart Field on Friday, August 25th, for the first game of the three-game series at 7:05 pm. Rancho is expected to turn to Dodger rehabber Brandon McCarthy (0-0), while the 66ers will send righty Erik Manoah (0-1) to the mound.

Friday’s game will be a Cody Bellinger Bobblehead Giveaway Night brought to you by San Manuel Casino. Tickets are available for Friday’s game and all Quakes’ home games at 909-481-5000 or Go Quakes!

Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes