Storm Playoff Recap
The best of 5 series against Rancho Cucamonga began with a dominating performance by rehabbing Padre Chris Young and shutout relief by Anthony Bass to give them a 5-0 victory. Rancho Cucamonga also contributed with 7 errors committed during the game.
Games 2-4 did not go as well for the Storm. Rancho Cucamonga won all three with the last game lost in the 9th inning by Storm closer Brad Brach in an atypical performance.
The Storm bats were inconsistent, at best, with 1B Cody Decker enduring a 2 for 17 stretch with 6 strikeouts and 0 RBI. With their best hitter in a slump, the most production came from SS Lopez going 5/14 with 2 2B and 3 runs scored. There was 1 HR hit in the series, by Allan Dykstra, and 3 players tied with 3 RBI (Figueroa, Belnome, Dykstra).
The Storm pitching performances were highlighted by Young and Bass in the first game. Other pitchers performing well included game 3 starter J. McBryde with 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO with a 3.00 ERA. Unfortunately LE only scored 1 run in this game.
Game 4 starter Matt Lollis went 5.1 innings with 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB and 7 SO for a 1.69 ERA. This is the game that was lost with the blown save by Brach in the 9th. After 3 consecutive SO to end the 8th inning and begin the 9th, Brach gives up single, single, single, walk, double to allow 3 runs and receive the loss.
Reliever Rob Musgrave pitched a total of 3 innings in relief with 0 hits and 3 SO for a 0.00 ERA.
This ends the 2010 season for the Storm. They named Cole Figueroa as their season MVP with Brad Brach as the Pitcher of the Year.
Storm players Brach and Figueroa have been invited to participate in the Arizona Fall League and there will updates on their progress.