Storm Week #2 review 4/16/11- 4/22/11
The second week of the minor league season for the Storm was notable for the lapses in defense, most marked in the infield. Although they accomplished a 3-4 record, the 15 errors in all turned some winnable games into losses.
They finished their series against High Desert then began a four game series against Rancho Cucamonga, losing 3 of 4 games. Another series against High Desert began with a 1-1 split of the first two games.
For the five starting pitchers over the seven games there were 26 runs scored while they were pitching and only 5 were earned, allowing all of them to lower their ERA during the week.
The biggest loser was Jerry Sullivan, who pitched 3 innings and allowed 4 hits and 8 runs but none of them were earned. He did contribute to the loss with 4 BB to go with his 2 SO. There were 6 errors total in that game. IF Jeudy Valdez had 4 errors on the week, by far the largest total.
So where do we find standout performances for the Storm?
3B/DH Jedd Gyorko is starting out the new season on fire. He began the week with a .342 batting avg and ended it at .410. He had 17 hits in 28 at bats with 6 runs, 8 RBI, 8 2B and a HR. He did contribute to the error parade with two of his own. Gyorko historically hits a lot of doubles but seems to be finding his long-range power as well.
As for the pitching?
Starter Chris Fetter has started the season very well and even though he has a losing record (1-2) he has a 2.25 ERA in three starts. He has pitched 12.1 innings while allowing 7 runs and 3 earned runs with 2 HR, 2 BB and 13 SO for a 1.08 WHIP. In his most recent outing he went 5 innings, allowing 1 hit and tallying 6 strikeouts.
Other players starting off the season hot include new centerfielder Rey Fuentes who brought his average up from .316 to .328 by going 11/28 with 4 runs, 5 RBI, 2B, 3B and one error.
3B/DH Eddie Rincon held his average at .345