Cal League Baseball: The Storm Takes On the Rawhide for Three Starting Tonight


Lake Elsinore will Host Visalia for a Midweek Home Stand

By Lake Elsinore Storm

Following a six-game road trip against Rancho Cucamonga and San Jose, the Storm welcome the Visalia Rawhide, Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for a three-game set. This will be the Rawhide’s second and final appearance at Pete Lehr Field this season and fourth overall series between these two teams.

Through the first three series (one home, two away), Visalia and Lake Elsinore have been evenly matched offensively and pitching, which has led to a 6-6 head-to-head record. For the Eyes, their best offensive performance came back on July 7th, when they dropped seven first-inning runs against the Rawhide en route to a 12-1 win.

The Storm went on to win four of five during the only home series they hosted back during the first week of July. Doubles has been the name of the game in this 12-game stretch as the Storm have connected on 21 while the Rawhide have secured 22. For the pitchers, strikeouts have been a good friend especially since the Storm staff has 101 in 105 innings pitched in comparison to 98 in 106 innings pitched by the Rawhide.

KEEP AN EYE OUT

After finishing the month of July red hot, outfielder Nate Easley is poised to have a strong finish to the 2018 season. During the 23-game stretch, the Glendale, Arizona native batted .345 (30-for-87) with 2 HR, 14 RBI, 18 runs scored and 8 doubles.

Since returning to the Storm this season after playing in just four games with the Eyes last season, he has picked up his slash line to 267 AVG./.328 OBP/.385 SLG, while setting a career-high in RBI (33) and doubles (13) with 26 games still to play.

Third baseman Hudson Potts has profoundly made a mark in the Storm lineup especially in the second-half. The Padres #23 Prospect (according to MLBPipeline.com) currently leads the way for the Eyes in Doubles (35), Home Runs (17) and RBI (58).

His season-long 17-game hitting streak ranks 3rd-best in the California League, which includes a month of July that saw the South Lake, Texas native post a .369 Avg. (41-for-111), 4 HR, 19 RBI and 16 runs scored. This dynamic performance has boosted his overall numbers to a line of .284 Avg./.353 OBP/.502 SLG with 37 walks and 66 runs scored.

With pitching in mind, Padres #7 Prospect Michel Baez (According to MLBPipeline.com) has put together three consecutive stellar starts which has boosted the Storm rotation.

The Havana, Cuba native is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA while striking out 8 batters in each appearance. Over his seven starts in the second-half, he has gone 2-2 with an ERA just over three (3.05) as opponents’ bat just .246 with 43 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched.

Out of the bullpen, David Bednar continues to show dominance against California League batters. Since the beginning of the second-half, the Valencia, Pennsylvania native has provided stability within the bullpen with a low 0.36 ERA in 13 appearances and 32 strikeouts. The Eyes continue their quest as they battle up the California League South division standings in search of the coveted Second-Half championship crown.

Press Release Provided By the Lake Elsinore Storm

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