Storm Match Their Season High with 3 Home Runs in a Game from Campusano, Arias & Suwinski
By Storm Media
For the first time since July 6 the Lake Elsinore Storm are back in first place, tied with Lancaster and Rancho Cucamonga with 21 games to play, after last night’s 8-3 victory against Inland Empire at San Manuel Stadium.
The Storm won their fifth consecutive against the L.A. Angels’ affiliate and their second of the three-game series, slugging three home runs in support of eventual winner, RHP Caleb Boushley, who improved to 5-4 on the season.
Starter RHP Mason Thompson worked a scoreless frame but left the game after taking a line drive off his right leg to end the first inning. Boushley recorded 13 outs in relief and the Storm never trailed in winning for the 19th time in 30 games against the 66ers.
The Padres’ affiliate scored twice in the third on 2B Xavier Edwards lead-off triple, a wild pitch and then a one-out solo home run from All-Star C Luis Campusano, his 12th of the year.
After Inland Empire LF Orlando Martinez tied the game in the home half of the third with his ninth-round tripper, the Storm took the lead for good in the fourth on back-to-back triples from 1B Olivier Basabe and Edwards followed by a sacrifice fly from LF Allen Cordoba for a 4-2 advantage.
RF Jack Suwinski made it 6-2 visitors in the fifth inning with his 10th blast of 2019, matching his total from last year, before SS Gabriel Arias belted his 12th home run in the sixth, another two-run shot to make it 8-2 Storm.
Relievers RHP Gabe Mosser, RHP Hansel Rodriguez and LHP Fred Schlichtholz allowed zero earned runs and combined for the final 11 outs as the Storm won for the ninth time in their last 14 games.
Lake Elsinore is 61-56 overall and 26-23 in the second half. The Storm have six remaining games against Rancho Cucamonga and will play Lancaster 11 times in the final 20 games, including August 30-September 2 at home to close out the regular season.