In a Cal League classic, the Lake Elsinore Storm went into Adelanto yesterday and put a handy little 33-18 win over the Mavericks.
Mariners semi-prospect Nathan Adcock had given up seven runs over his previous 19 innings entering the game. He faced 11 Storm hitters, gave up 8 runs and recorded just two outs. And his 108 ERA wasn't even part of the worst line of the night.
Jose Yepez gets special dispensation as a catcher just trying to help shield the bullpen in the ninth, but if you give up homer, homer, homer, groundout, homer, double in your pitching debut, you're probably not going to get a second chance! (And Felix Carrasco, the groundout, has to feel like a piker, doesn't he?)
A total of 11 guys toed the rubber in the game. Eight of them had a game ERA above 20.00. Winning pitcher, Matt Teague, was relatively dominant giving up "only" three runs in 3.1 innings of work.
On the Storm side of the ledger, the 3-4-5 hitters they brought up from the Midwest League had a nice week of it last night. Combined, Sawyer Carroll, James Darnell and Matt Clark went a mere 13-20 with 17 runs scored. They had three doubles, a triple and four homers between them for a crisp 1.500 slugging percentage between them.
Carroll, Darnell and Danny Payne were each a triple short of the cycle, while Clark was only missing the double and Carrasco - he of the groundout between four ninth inning homers - was, predictably, a homer short of the cycle.