The Force was not with the Lake Elsinore Storm On Star Wars Night Saturday
By Storm Media
On a Star Wars themed Saturday night at The Diamond, the force was not with the Lake Elsinore Storm. Looking to match their season-best winning streak of four games the Padres’ affiliate instead committed four errors in a 10-3 loss to the Inland Empire 66ers.
Storm starter RHP Luis Patino, the 19-year-old from Barranquilla, Columbia, had allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of 11 outings this season. However, despite striking out a season-high eight batters in five innings, the talented teenager gave up four runs, three earned, on four base hits to fall to 4-6 overall.
Scoreless after two innings, the visitors capitalized on sloppy Storm defense and timely hitting to lead 4-0 through five innings. Lake Elsinore scored twice in the sixth and had the potential tying run at the plate in the seventh, but a 12-batter, six-run eighth inning helped secure the victory for the 66ers. Inland Empire starter RHP Cooper Criswell struck out a career-high nine batters in five innings to earn his first win (1-5) of the season.
The Storm share first place with Lancaster in the South Division with a 2-1 record in the second half and an overall mark of 37-34, third best in the California League.
RHP Seth Blair: Two scoreless innings in relief, three strikeouts
C Luis Campusano: 2-4, one run, 1st in league in batting average (.324)
CF Jeisson Rosario: 2-4, one run
3B Allen Cordoba: 1-4, one run, one stolen base (10-13), five game hitting streak
LP: Luis Patino (4-6)
HR: IE: Gurwitz (3rd, three-run, T8)
Lake Elsinore will visit Inland Empire on Thursday to begin a four-game series at San Manuel Stadium. On Monday, June 24, the Storm will start a three-game series at The Diamond against the Dodgers’ affiliate, Rancho Cucamonga. For the best available seats buy online at stormbaseball.com or call 951-245-4487.
Press Release Provided By the Lake Elsinore Storm