Chris Jaile toed the rubber for seven-plus hitless innings, giving way to the bullpen. Ironically, the right-hander had a man on base in six of the eight innings he appeared in – on six walks and an error.
Kyle Stutes took over for him after a leadoff walk in the eighth. Luis Valbuena put down a sacrifice and the lefty followed with a wild pitch. Then the unthinkable happened. Brent Johnson singled to break up the no-hitter and the shutout.
The run, charged to Jaile, not only broke the shutout, it broke a scoreless tie.
Knowing how painful it would have been had they lost the no-no and the game, Lake Elsinore rallied for a run in the top of the ninth.
Tim Brown opened the frame with a single and was replaced on the basepaths by Josh Howard. Skip Adams came through with a one-out single to put runners on the corners. It was an RBI single by Adam Bourassa that tied the score and sent the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the 11th, Inland Empire ended the contest. With John Thomas on the hill and two men on, an error by Skip Adams, his second in the postseason, ended the contest, as Jack Arroyo came around from second base.
While Jaile did not allow a hit over seven, Stutes, Matt Varner, and Thomas combined to allow five in 3.2 innings.
Storm hitters whiffed 16 times in the game with Tim Turner logging three of those to lead the team.
Jaile had allowed four runs or more in each of his last six outings with the opposition hitting .293 off him over his last seven. His ERA over that span was 6.58. His previous low for hits allowed had been four, accomplished three times on the year. And he had allowed at least two runs in every one of his 18 starts except one.
Adam Bourassa went 2-for-2 with the lone RBI. He is now 5-for-7 in the playoffs with two RBI’s. The outfielder entered the playoffs with 11 hits in 28 at bats over his last nine games along with ten runs scored and 11 walks, a .564 on base percentage. He struck out just three times in 41 at bats with Lake Elsinore.
Tim Brown had two more hits and leads the club with seven hits in the postseason. The first baseman hit .332 over his final 59 games with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, six homers, and 38 RBI’s. He also drew 36 walks and whiffed just 26 times.
Lake Elsinore lost 2-1 in 11 innings to Inland Empire (Mariners) – Inland Empire leads best of five 1-0