Missions lose; Canham leads Storm
Mitch Canham
Mitch Canham
MadFriars.com
Posted Sep 4, 2008
Denis Savage


Two homers off Matt Buschmann and a stagnant San Antonio Missions offense leads to a 1-0 deficit. Lake Elsinore has no problem with power – despite a suspension in the ninth because of power issues. Eugene ends the season with a win behind Mat Latos.

San Antonio lost 5-1 to Frisco [Rangers] (Frisco leads series 1-0)

Matt Buschmann surrendered a homer to the first hitter of the game and went on to allow four runs on six hits and two walks while fanning five over five frames. He allowed three extra base hits, including two solo shots. Buschmann did not pitch in the playoffs for Lake Elsinore a season ago after suffering a late season injury. Buschmann had allowed one homer over his last 10 starts. It was the third time overall that he has given up multiple bombs.

Craig Cooper prevented a shutout a solo homer in the eighth – the second hit of the game for the Missions. The homer was his first since clubbing two on July 7 – a span of 45 games between jacks. Cooper went 12-for-47 in taking the Storm within one game of a California League championship a season ago with two doubles, a triple, six runs scored and seven RBIs.

Philip Barzilla surrendered a run on two walks and a hit over two-thirds of an inning, leaving with a pair still on base, although neither would be charged to his ledger. The left-hander had allowed runs in 12 of his 34 appearances with the Missions during the regular season. He had walked multiple batters five times this season, three coming over his previous eight appearances.

Lake Elsinore lead 10-5 over Inland Empire [Dodgers] suspended with two outs in top of ninth

The hot-hitting of Brian Joynt continued in game one of the playoffs, as the third baseman contributed with a pair of hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Joynt opened the scoring with a single in the first and plated a pair in the eighth. It is the 10th time in his last 20 games that he has recorded multiple RBIs in a game. Joynt has driven in 35 over his last 30 contests.

Mitch Canham reached base four times, collecting three hits – including a pair of doubles – and drew a walk while driving in one and scoring twice. He plated his run in the fourth and scored while also touching home in the seventh. Canham had one at-bat in last year’s playoffs for the Storm, striking out in that lone appearance. Canham has three straight multi-hit games, including the regular season, and Wednesday was his fourth game with multiple extra base hits.

Anthony Contreras was thrown in the fire after spending his season in Fort Wayne and the infielder got the starting nod at shortstop for game one. He rewarded the Storm with two singles and two RBIs, plating runs in the fourth and seventh. His RBIs were the first since he plated six in a August 8 game. Contreras played second, shortstop and third base for the Wizards, hitting .304 across 36 games.

The game was suspended in the top of the ninth due to power problems with a man on second. The game will be completed on Thursday in Lake Elsinore.

Eugene won 2-1 in season finale over Everett (Mariners)

After allowing a leadoff homer in the first inning, Mat Latos went on to work five scoreless frames, ending his night with one run in on six hits and a walk while striking out nine. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over 17.1 innings with the Emeralds, striking out 23. He has fanned eight or more in five of his 15 outings across three leagues. He ends the season with a 2.57 ERA.

Anthony Bass picked up his seventh save of the year in eight opportunities, striking out two while retiring the side in order. The right-hander has allowed runs in seven of his 25 outings. Bass worked to the minimum in five of his appearances, including four of his last eight. Bass has allowed five hits in 32 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Angel Mercado punched both runs across on a night that saw Eugene manage just five hits. He smacked a two-run bomb in the fifth inning – his seventh long shot in the Northwest League. The homer was his first since July 15 – a span of 32 games without leaving the yard. Mercado had just three RBIs over his previous 23 contests.

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