The Storm continued their winning ways Monday night in Stockton, sinking the Ports 5-0 behind an impressive outing from Colin Rea and the bullpen en route to the team’s second shutout victory of the season.
Coming into tonight’s match-up the Storm were 7-1 when scoring first, and they continued to trend positive Monday night. Alberth Martinez led off the game with his fifth double of the season and was promptly moved to third by a Corey Adamson sacrifice bunt. Martinez would score on Hunter Renfroe’s sacrifice fly to give the Storm a 1-0 lead after one.
Diego Goris homered in the following inning, his first long ball since hitting a walk-off home run on Sunday, April 13, and Goris would score again in the fourth thanks to Stephen Carmon’s first double of 2014.
Bolstered by the lead, Rea turned in his best outing of the season. The Cascade (IA) native tossed six scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high nine.
Despite a 3-0 advantage, the Storm weren’t finished. Casey McElroy drilled his first dinger of the year in the sixth, and the fifth run scored in the seventh after a bases loaded walk plated Martinez.
Cody Hebner came on in relief of Rea, and after allowing a lead-off single proceeded to retire the next six Ports hitters to keep them off the board. Bryce Morrow did the same in the ninth, and the Storm sealed their second shutout in seven days to improve to 10-8 on the season.
With the win the Storm have triumphed in seven of their last eight and are 7-3 in their last 10 games after starting the season 4-7. Renfroe has driven in a run in six of his last seven starts after his sacrifice fly in the first, finishing off the best week of his young California League career. The former Mississippi State Bulldog tallied nine hits, three home runs and 13 RBIs in that span.
Bryan Verbitsky will make a spot start for the Storm tomorrow in game two of a four-game series with the Ports (7-11), who will counter with Hunter Adkins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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