"That last inning proved the part with us," said Blanks. "Everyone did their part. Crosta came up with a big two out hit and I came up and did the same thing. That is the kind of games we need right there.
The Storm put three runners on in the first inning – a double play wiping out much of that rally – and had runners on second and third in the third inning with no outs but two strikeouts and a ground out eliminated that scoring opportunity.
Blanks was the first to poke through, taking a 1-1 hanging curveball in the bottom of the fourth and hitting a no doubter over the left field wall for his second homer of the year. After a walk, Matt Bush lined a ball down the left field line that Drew Toussaint dove for but came up short as the ball dribbled past, giving Bush a triple and an RBI.
"Two strikes and I got a good pitch to hit," Bush explained. "Luckily the outfielder was playing deep and he dived and didn't get it. Little things like that will help you get it going."
Timmy Mattison came on in relief and walked Mike Baxter before tossing a wild pitch to bring home Ramirez – it would be the last run of the inning, as the Storm batted around but left two runners on base.
A Bush error in the top of the fifth led to three Rancho Cucamonga runs. With two outs, a Toussaint grounder went through Bush's legs to extend the inning.
"Especially during the game, it is really hard," Bush said of coming back and making the next play. "It takes one or two more plays to capitalize off that one bad one. You have to hang in there. Keep your head up and know you can make the play and good things will happen."
"I think the worst thing I did was going 2-0 to Coon when I had first and third and he knew a fastball was coming and I let it up," Storm starter Matt Buschmann explained. "Other than that, I will take some good things from it. I threw my changeup more than I had in the past, and I felt confident with it."
Nate Sutton gave one back in the bottom half – a bases loaded fielding error led to a run to give Storm a two-run cushion.
Drew Toussaint's first hit of the year, a double off the right field wall, scored Dallas Morris to bring the yo-yo back to a one-run lead.
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