Lake Elsinore Storm (A)
The Storm traveled up the 15 freeway to play the Inland Empire 66ers, with Rafael De Paula getting the start for the Storm. Benji Gonzalez got things going in the first with an RBI single, with Mallex Smith continuing it with another single in the second to bring in a second run and give the Storm a 2-0 lead. Yet, the 66ers would strike back with 3 runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Then the flood gates opened up in an area where there is a massive drought going on. Matthew Shepard allowed 5 runs in his one inning of work and it kept getting worse from there. The final score was 15-7 in favor of the 66ers. The speedy Mallex Smith did steal two bases for the Storm, up to 32 on the season now. He also went 2-3 with two walks on the night to pace the offense. He certainly figures to possibly make a run at the major leagues next season, as his batting average sits at .323 as well.
Friar of the Future: Mallex Smith. If he keeps up this season it is just a matter of time.
Friar of the Future
: Rafael de Paula. The starter allowed 6 runs in just under 3 innings of work and his season ERA now stands over 7. He needs to show a marked improvement to prove to the Padres he is worth the investment or someone else will take his spot on the roster.