A season-high six errors doomed the Storm Saturday night in a 7-2 loss to the Lancaster JetHawks, extending the team’s losing streak to four games.
For the second consecutive night the JetHawks would strike in the first inning. Anthony Kemp led off with a single and would advance to third on a stolen base followed by a throwing error. Teoscar Hernandez reached via walk and promptly stole second to put two men in scoring position with no outs. Two batters later Rio Ruiz hit a dribbler to Storm starter Bryan Rodriguez, but the righty couldn’t make the play and sent his throw skipping down the right field line to allow both runners to score.
Despite the early deficit, the Storm answered in the bottom of the inning. Casey McElroy was issued a free pass and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a second walk, Gabriel Quintana drilled a double to center that plated McElroy.
A balk would allow another Lancaster run to score in the top of the second, but the Storm kept it close by adding to their tally in the bottom of the third. Alberth Martinez was hit by a pitch to reach base, and McElroy drove him home with his second double of the season.
From the fourth inning on it was all Jethawks. The visitors scored two in the top of the fourth and added another pair in the seventh, while the Storm bats couldn’t gain any traction against ‘Hawks pitching. Lancaster wrapped up their seventh consecutive win in convincing fashion, calming the Storm for a 7-2 victory.
These two teams are back at it tomorrow for the final game of the series and the first day game at The Diamond in 2014. The Storm (3-7) will flip the rotation back to the top and send Joe Ross (1-1) to the hill, while the JetHawks (7-3) will feature Josh Hader (0-0) as they look to continue their winning ways. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm.
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