LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - Stockton Ports starting pitcher Raul Alcantara (5-3) was spectacular at The Diamond on Thursday night. He didn't have to be. The Ports offense generated 12 runs on 19 hits en route to a 12-1 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm, completing a three-game sweep and also a six-game season-series sweep of the Storm on the season.
Stockton's first nine runs of the game were all plated with two outs, beginning with three runs in the first. With two on and two out, B.A. Vollmuth lined a single to center that scored Myrio Richard. After a single from Antonio Lamas, Bruce Maxwell hit a bouncing ball back of first that A.J. Kirby-Jones stopped on a dive. The throw to first, however, was not in time, resulting in a two-run infield single for Maxwell and a 3-0 lead.
The Ports added two more runs in the second. With one on and two out, Bobby Crocker drove in a run with an RBI double to left and Tony Thompson with an RBI single to center to increase the lead to 5-0.
Storm starter James Needy (8-5) gave up his final run in the fourth inning. With two outs and the bases empty, Thompson singled and Vollmuth tripled to left-center to make it a 6-0 advantage.
Needy suffered the loss after going four innings and allowing six runs on 11 hits while striking out four.
John Hussey took over for the Storm in the fifth and kept the Ports out of the run column in his first inning of work. In the sixth, however, with two on and two out, Lamas doubled to right-center and Maxwell followed with an RBI single to left to stretch the lead to 9-0. They were the only runs allowed by Hussey in two innings of relief.
Meanwhile, Alcantara gave up a single to Travis Jankowski, the first batter he faced in the first inning. He proceeded to retire the next 17 batters in a row to take him through the sixth.
Alcantara had his string of batters retired broken up with a leadoff single by Corey Adamson in the seventh. Kyle Gaedele followed and reached on an error committed by Vollmuth, and Jace Peterson drew a walk that loaded the bases. Kirby-Jones came to bat and hit a line drive sac-fly to right that plated Adamson from third. Gaedele, the runner at second, thought the ball had fallen in for a hit, took off for third and was doubled up at second base. Alcantara went on to issue back-to-back walks to Jeremy Baltz and Chris Burke to load the bases, at which point he was lifted for T.J. Walz who got Duanel Jones to line back to the mound to end the inning.
Alcatnara picked up the win, going 6.2 innings and allowing an unearned run on two hits while walking three and striking out five.
Walz went on to pitch a scoreless inning-and-a-third, while Jonathan Joseph set the side down in order in the ninth.
Dan Cortes took over in the seventh for the Storm and with one on and one out, gave up a two-run homer to Addison Russell, his second homer of the series and his third home run in the last four games, bringing the Ports lead to 11-0.
Dennis O'Grady pitched the ninth for Lake Elsinore and gave up a leadoff double to Richard, who scored on a single two batters later by Crocker to make it a 12-1 game.
Thompson, who went 2-for-5, extended his consecutive game on-base streak to 27 games. Richard went 2-for-6 in the game and 9-for-16 in the series. Crocker went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Vollmuth went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
The 19 hits for the Ports were the most hits they've had in a road game this season.
After sweeping Lake Elsinore, the Ports continue their road trip with a three-game series in Visalia beginning on Friday night. Josh Bowman (4-6, 6.32 ERA) will make the start in the series opener for Stockton, opposed by Visalia left-hander Keith Hessler (8-6, 5.74 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PDT.