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Storm Week #15 review 7/16/11- 7/22/11 

storm_baseballThe Storm is keeping up their second half momentum with a winning week and maintaining their hold on first place in the second half as well. They are 17-11 in their first four weeks of the new season and 4-2 for the week.

Two players had standout games during the week.

IF Jeudy Valdez was a single shy of a cycle on 7/16 with 7 RBI for the game. His overall average stayed the same over the week but he amassed  3 2B, 3B, HR and 10 RBI total.

1B Nate Freiman had a 5 RBI game on 7/21 with a 3B and two HR for the game.

OF Rey Fuentes continues to hit well, improving his average from .273 to .285 with two 3B, HR and 4 RBI for the week.

There was a lot of hitting for the week with several games (3) having winning scores over 10 runs (Elsinore won 2). Starter Andrew Werner continues to succeed with a 3-0 record and 2.36 ERA. Reliever Jason Ray is maintaining his low ERA of 1.27 but blew his fourth save in a losing effort on a day when the bullpen blew the save twice in the same game.

Roster changes during the time were much less than the last two weeks.

Reliever Joe Thatcher was sent for a one day rehab showing and pitched one inning with two strikeouts.

Reliever Aaron Breit was brought to Elsinore from San Antonio to replace Hayden Beard, who was placed on the DL with a right foot fracture.

IF/Catcher Tommy Medica was activated off the DL (was rehabbing in AZL).

The strong second half start gives the Storm an overall second place for the league over the whole season. Rancho Cucamonga still leads by five games for the overall league lead but there is still lots of baseball to play. It is encouraging that the Storm has responded well to the loss of Jedd Gyorko midway through the year. There still remains four or five over .300 hitters in the regular everyday lineup.