Starter Andrew Werner went six innings and pitched well with the exception of the second, where he gave up all of his five earned runs of the night as nine Quakes came to the plate.
Other than an unearned run in the sixth, he pitched as his record in the Cal League indicates, 3-0 in six starts with a 3.82 ERA; well.
LHP Werner, 23, a signee out of the Independent Frontier League, has been one of the Padres’ scouting departments success stories this season.
“It wasn’t really even a bad outing by him, it was a bad inning,” said Storm pitching coach Bronswell Patrick on Werner’s performance.
“This year he has really used a quality sinker-change-up combination for success.”
Offensively, despite drawing nine walks, the Storm were held to two hits, singles by CF Reymond Fuentes and 2b Jonathan Galvez, as Quakes pitcher Jon Michael Redding, who has been one of the better pitchers in the Cal League this season, improved his record to 8-5.
In the ninth inning the Quakes made it interesting walking the first four batters of the inning as the Rancho Cucamonga pitching staff did something Lake Elsinore’s hitters hadn’t been able to do in the previous eight innings, drive in a run.
“Obviously it wasn’t our night at the plate and it is going to happen sometimes,” Storm manager Phil Plantier said.
“We probably weren’t as aggressive on the fastball as we should have been. We did walk nine times, and that is good, but this game is about hitting first and walking second.”