Storm take lead in ninth but lose
Keoni Ruth
Keoni Ruth
Posted Sep 8, 2008
Denis Savage

A seesaw battle between Lake Elsinore and Lancaster went into extra innings. The Storm came back from five runs down to take a one run lead in the ninth inning only to lose the contest an inning later.

Lake Elsinore lost 9-6 to Lancaster in 10 innings (best-of-five series tied 1-1)

Drew Miller lasted just one-third of an inning before he was pulled in favor of Jeremy Hefner. After getting the first batter of the game to fly out, Miller allowed two singles and a homer, followed by two singles before an error put runners in scoring position. The next batter doubled both in, accounting for five runs. It was the shortest outing of his career, as he had gone at least three innings in each start. He allowed five runs or more in nine of his 27 outings.

Keoni Ruth came on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning with the Storm down 5-4 and a runner on first. Ruth promptly doubled and came around to score on a Cedric Hunter single. The infielder is 3-for-6 over four games in the playoffs, scoring three times. As a pinch-hitter, Ruth went 4-for-6 during the regular season with three RBIs – last getting a pinch-hit appearance on June 12. He hit .255 with runners in scoring position.

Nursing a one-run lead, Wilton Lopez surrendered a leadoff single. That runner moved to third on a wild pitch and scored a single, sending the game into extra innings. With two outs in the tenth, an error on Anthony Contreras extended the inning. Two batters later with Lopez still on the mound, a three-run homer ended the game. Lopez went 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA across six playoff games. In 9.1 innings he allowed six hits and walked three while fanning six.

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