Storm End Home Stand With Thriller

Visalia Flirts with Perfection

By Matt Rodriguez / Lake Elsinore Storm | April 13, 2017 12:34 AM ET

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The Storm concluded a seven-game home stretch to begin the season with a three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide. Both teams swapped wins back and forth with the Rawhide besting Lake Elsinore, two games to one, ending with a 10-inning pitcher's duel to wrap up the home stand.

The Rawhide, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, got the best of the Storm on Monday night at The Diamond thanks to a third-inning grand slam off the bat of Fernery Ozuna. Lake Elsinore attempted a late comeback, but fell short after scoring a run in the bottom on the ninth to make it a 5-2 final

Storm pitching led the charge on Tuesday night, tossing a 2-0 shutout to even the series at one apiece. Major League relief pitcher Carter Capps got the start for the Storm in a rehab assignment, tossing one scoreless inning while collecting a strikeout.

It was right-hander Chris Huffman who followed up the Major Leaguer's efforts with a show of his own, throwing six shutout frames while allowing just three runners to reach base. He also tallied five strikeouts in the winning effort.

Huffman has yet to allow a run through nine innings in this early season, while allowing a total of three base runners.

Austin Allen and Miguel Del Castillo each collected a pair of base hits, each drawing a base on balls as well. Josh Naylor reached base safely in three plate appearances, collecting two walks and connecting for his second double of the season.

The bats were silenced for almost the entire night for both dugouts on Wednesday. Both teams traded zeros to send the game into an extra frame.

Visalia broke the scoreless ballgame in the top of the tenth with a one-out two-run home run over the 36-ft high wall in right field in what proved to be the only scoring of the night.

Four Visalia pitchers combined to record 28 straight outs, or 9.1 innings of perfection, before Chris Baker laced a hard-hit triple to the right-center field corner to end a bid for history.

Visalia improved its record to 5-2, while the Storm slipped to 3-4 on the early season.

Lake Elsinore will hit the road for a three-game series at Rancho Cucamonga before going to Inland Empire for a four-game matchup. The Storm return to The Diamond April 21 for a weekend series against the Lancaster JetHawks.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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