Cal League Baseball: Storm Beats Inland Empire Again To Stay In First Place

Beautiful Weather, a Capacity Crowd and a Strong Bullpen were a Winning Recipe for a Victory in Lake Elsinore

Luis Patino

Lake Elsinore, Calif. – The Storm continued their opening homestand against the Inland Empire 66ers on a Signature Saturday. Storm manager Tony Tarasco sent Luis Patino, who is currently listed as the San Diego Padres Number 6 Prospect according to, to the mound against 66ers right-hander Oliver Ortega.

The offense began early for the Eyes as they struck for three runs in the bottom of the first when outfielder Jack Suwinski drove in two runs, courtesy of a fielding error by second baseman Alvaro Rubalcaba. Rubalcaba dropped the ball in the sunlight in shallow right.

The following batter, Gabriel Arias, brought the fans to their feet as he drove in Suwinski from second base on an RBI single to right field. This gave the Storm a 3-0 lead before Patiño even entered the second inning.

Patiño was only able to get through three innings of work Saturday night, throwing 65 pitches, 37 for strikes. He did shutdown the 66ers offense as he yielded only one earned-run while striking out four batters.

Tirso Ornelas

Tijuana, Mexico native Tirso Ornelas also contributed with a strong performance as he crushed the first home run of the season at Pete Lehr Field aka “the Diamond” for the Storm.

After the 66ers scored a run in the top of the fourth, the Storm quickly answered in the home half of the fifth. Two more runs with RBIs from Ornelas and Kelvin Melean, who joined the hit parade with an RBI single of his own making it 6-2.

The Storm bullpen of Caleb Boushley, Jean Cosme and Robbie Erlin combined to toss six scoreless innings and complete an 8-2 Storm victory. Boushley earned the win for his second victory of the young season.

Lake Elsinore’s record improves to 7-3 and the Storm continue to lead the California League South division as well as posting the league’s best record.

The Storm look to extend their winning ways Sunday afternoon on a Salute to Soldiers Sunday Funday. The Eyes will send right-hander Ronald Bolanos from La Habana, Cuba,to the mound against Travis Herrin for the Sixers. First pitch is at 1 PM with gates opening at 12 PM .

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