Alan Moye got High Desert on the board first with a bomb that landed just to the left of the 411 foot sign in right-centerfield to put the Mavericks up 2-0 in the second. It was the 11th homer Lopez has surrendered on the year.
A double, passed ball and an error on Brett Bonvechio brought the next run home for High Desert and gave them a 3-0 lead in the third. Still with no out, Kila Kaaihue doubled into right-center to bring home two more. A two-out single from Adam Donachie pushed the score to 6-0.
The Storm bounced back in the bottom of the third with a one-out single by Drew Macias that was followed by a bullet from Chris Kolkhorst. Juan Ciriaco knocked them both in with a double down the left field line that caromed off the stands and bounced back towards the infield. Kolkhorst slid just under the tag at home to cut the lead to 6-2.
The pounding continued in the fourth. Arturo Lopez allowed his third leadoff double of the game and two singles followed to drive in a run and make it 7-2.
“I am leaving some pitches up,” Lopez said.
Another extra base hit, this one a triple, opened the fifth inning and a single by Lially Sevilla through a drawn in infield chased Lopez from the game after 4.1 innings.
“We are struggling a bit as a team,” Lopez admitted. “We just enjoyed this moment. It was a great time today. We have to keep looking forward.”
“He has had a rough few outings,” Storm manager Rick Renteria said.
Lopez through 87 pitches, 60 for strikes and gave up eight runs, six earned.
“He battled,” added Renteria. “He worked out of a couple of jams.”
Daniel Baca entered the game in relief and promptly gave up a single to put two men on with one away before recording the final two outs of the inning to stop the bleeding.
The ended up using most of their bench and a five relievers on the day, most of the team’s first in a Big League ballpark.
“I wanted to get everyone in the game,” Renteria explained. “They deserved that and I am sure they enjoyed it.”
The Storm put runners on first and third in the eighth with no one out courtesy of a two-base infield hit by Ciriaco on a misplayed ball by the third baseman and a single from Fernando Valenzuela Jr. A sacrifice fly from Craig Johnson brought home the run.
Renteria had a 15 minute closed door session with his team after the game.
“We didn’t get a lot of productive hitting,” Renteria said of the game. “We need to work on our two-strike hitting which is what we talked about (after the game).”