The Storm season is about one month in and the team has shown glimpses of success including winning seven of their last ten games with the help of the bat of Padres prospect Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe, was the 13th player selected overall last year out of Mississippi State by the Padres and spent last season in Eugene and Fort Wayne. After beginning the season in a bit of a slump, Hunter has come into his own, rattling off four of his six home runs in the last ten games. The Storm finishes out the month at home versus the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks) for a four game series April 28 – May 1.
Storm sweep 66ers with 13-3 rout
A thirteen-run onslaught from the Storm lineup this past Sunday afternoon provided more than enough offense to complete the sweep of the Inland Empire 66ers, a 13-3 victory that put an exclamation point on an exciting home series.
Storm hitters wasted no time getting to 66ers starting pitcher Alex Keudell, jumping on the right hander for five runs in the first inning. Stephen Carmon got things started with a single and advanced to third after Hunter Renfroe’s seventh double of the season. Two batters later, Diego Goris singled home Carmon and Renfroe, and Goris moved to third after Luis Domoromo collected his first of three hits in the following at-bat. Storm newcomer Chase Jensen followed with a base hit to plate Goris, and Domoromo came across after John Nester drove a two-out two-bagger to the wall in the right.
Bolstered by a nine-run cushion, Storm starter Ruben Mejia returned to form following his spot start for AAA El Paso last Tuesday. The righty allowed two runs on five hits through six innings of work while striking out four to earn his second win of the season.
Another solid effort from the Storm bullpen kept the game out of reach for the visitors. Ben Paullus allowed a lone run to score in the seventh, and Chris Nunn pitched a scoreless eighth.
All nine Storm starters recorded hits, and seven had multi-hit performances to secure the sweep. Goris and Domoromo led the way with three hits and three RBIs each.
The Storm improved to 13-11 and earned their second sweep of the season. The home stand continues as the Visalia Rawhide visit The Diamond for a four-game series.
Storm Walk-Off To Win Fourth Straight
A good baseball team finds a way to win regardless of the circumstances. While the jury is still out on this year’s edition of the Storm, they did just that this past Monday night at The Diamond, edging the Visalia Rawhide 4-3 on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Storm starter Bryan Rodriguez came into the game with the league’s fourth-lowest ERA (2.35), and he continued to impress in his fifth start of the year. The 22-year old went five innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out six.
With the game tied at three in the bottom of the ninth, the Storm took advantage of a vulnerable Seth Simmons. The Rawhide righty walked Domoromo and Jones to begin the inning, and after John Nester executed a textbook sacrifice bunt, Visalia elected to intentionally walk Adamson. With the bases loaded, Alberth Martinez lifted a fly ball to the left that was deep enough for Domoromo to score from third, and the Storm were walk-off winners for the second time this season.
The victory marked the fourth consecutive win for the Storm (14-11), matching their longest win streak of the season and moving them into a tie for second place in the Southern Division of the California League. The Storm have now won six straight at home. Domoromo accounted for two of the five Storm hits, going two for two with two runs scored and two walks, and is now seven for eleven during the homestand.
If you are not aware of the Storm weekly promotions, this week is a great one to come out and enjoy specials! Mondays will kick off the first Margarita/Military Monday where everyone can enjoy $2 margaritas and the Storm give salute to those who have served our country with for FREE tickets with Military I.D. Tuesdays bring a new look this season as the Storm partner with local taco shop El Ranchito to host T-N-T Tuesdays where fans in attendance can enjoy $2 tacos and $3 Tallboy PBR & Coors light beer. Wednesdays will be the ever popular Wacky Weenie Wednesdays where everyone can have FREE All-you-can-eat hot dogs. In addition, for a second year in a row, Wine Down Wednesdays will piggyback hot dogs and a local winery will be present with samples and specials throughout the night.
This year the Storm have revamped Thirsty Thursday as (951) Thirsty Thursday where you can come be part of a $9 Ticket, $5 parking and $1 Beer/Sodas and party with DJ RPM rockin’ out the stadium.
For all Storm related information visit stormbaseball.com or call 951-245-4487.