After losing four in a row, the Storm were in desperate need of a spark. They got that and more thanks to an eleventh inning walk-off blast from Diego Goris that secured a 3-2 win over the Lancaster JetHawks Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.
The Storm jumped out to an early lead in the first. Alberth Martinez led off with a single, and a Hunter Renfroe walk moved Martinez to second. Gabriel Quintana drove a one-out single to center in the next at-bat, allowing Martinez to score thanks in part to an error by centerfielder Teoscar Hernandez.
With his team up after one, Storm starter Joe Ross proved his worth as a first-round pick. The 6’4″ righty turned in another superb outing, scattering four hits over five innings of work while striking out six.
Ross was removed from the game prior to the start of the sixth inning, and that’s where the trouble began. Adam Cimber came on in relief and was rudely welcomed by the JetHawks, who notched four hits in the first five at-bats to take a 2-1 lead. Lancaster was poised to add to their advantage, but Cimber pitched his way out of the inning to limit the damage.
Both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the eighth. Corey Adamson flied one to right for an apparent pop out, but the late afternoon sun blinded Danry Vasquez and allowed Adamson to reach second base on the error. Martinez singled in the next at-bat, and the Jethawks would trade a run for an out on a Reynaldo Bruguera groundball.
The JetHawks threatened in both the ninth and the tenth innings, but a gritty performance from Trevor Gott combined with a number of superb defensive plays kept the game tied into the eleventh. Goris did the rest, driving a no-doubter to left for his first home run of the season and the Storm’s first home victory in 2014.
With the win, the Storm (4-7) salvage the series with the JetHawks (8-3) and will try and carry their momentum into tomorrow’s game against the Quakes (5-6) in Rancho Cucamonga. Zach Eflin (1-1) will make his third start of the season while southpaw Julio Urias (0-0) gets the call for the Dodgers affiliate.
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