Brach ties saves record
Brad Brach
Brad Brach
Posted Aug 9, 2010
John Conniff

Lake Elsinore, CA: The Lake Elsinore Storm ended their two game losing streak by beating the Lancaster JetHawks 5-2, as closer Brad Brach tied the California League record for saves with 37.

“I didn’t even know about the record until the All-Star break when I had 25,” said Brad Brach. “When I got a few more after the break, I realized that I had a shot.”

Jeremy McBryde started the game giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

“The last time out, he had great stuff, but this time he wasn’t at his best,” said Storm manager Carlos Lezcano. “But he battled and held the other guys to only two runs and you have to like that.”

McBryde got out of an early jam when the leadoff hitter tripled but bounced back to get out of the inning without allowing a run.

In the bottom of the second, catcher John Curtis, who was 7-for-9 in the past two games, hit home run over a 36-foot high fence in right field to take the lead for Lancaster.

The JetHawks added another run in the fifth before Lake Elsinore rallied in the seventh.

The Storm opened the inning with Bo Davis getting on via an error by the shortstop on his ground ball. Right fielder Dan Robertson then took one of his three walks of the game but the big play was when the JetHawks second baseman made a mental error and forgot to cover first base on Jaff Decker’s sacrifice. Cody Decker, who is leading the team in RBI, then delivered a seeing double down the right field line on a full count to plate two. After Vince Belnome struck out, Allan Dykstra, who was 1-for-2 with two walks, then singled to left to push the Storm ahead 3-2.

In the eighth, the Storm tacked on an insurance run. as Decker was once again the beneficiary of a bad play by the JetHawks shortstop was able to get a gift double and RBI, as the he couldn’t find a high pop-up in the lights in shallow left field.

Decker then stole third base and was driven home on another Lancaster miscue as the third baseman airmailed Cody Decker’s routine grounder to third to give the Storm a 5-2 cushion for closer Brad Brach.

Brach got the first two out on four pitches but needed six to get the final out.

“We were up by three runs so I was not going to give in to the guy, put him on base and possibly start a rally,” Brach said. “If he was going to get on he was going to have to put the ball in play.”

Brach has now saved 79 games in 84 chances in his career with San Diego since he was drafted in the 42nd round of the 2008 draft out of Monmouth College, a Division III school in New Jersey.

He was the second to last selection the Padres made that year. To say he has exceeded expectations is a vast understatement.

Although Brach was happy with what he has accomplished, its just another step to where he wants to go.

“Minor league records are great but the main goal is getting to the big leagues which is what I am really working for.”

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