In the High Class-A California League they play a version of what the rest of us call “baseball” but apparently they do things a bit differently. They have to, right? That could be the only explanation for why the Lake Elsinore Storm beat the High Desert Mavericks 33-18 yesterday. In nine innings. The 51 combined runs topped the old league record of 44.
The Storm represent the San Diego Padres, the Mavericks are a Seattle Mariners club.
The numbers associated with this game are staggering. Time to break them down:
-High Desert starting pitcher Nathan Adcock took the loss, going 0.2 innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits, two walks and had a 108.00 ERA for the game.
-Lake Elsinore starting pitcher Jeremy McBryde somehow lasted 4.2 innings, surrendering 13 hits, 11 runs one walk and settling for a 21.21 ERA on the night.
-For those math wizards out there, the two starters combined to give up 19 runs on 20 hits.
-High Desert reliever Jose Yepez entered in the ninth inning. He then gave up consecutive home runs to the first three batters he faced. Then got a ground out before giving up another home run, followed by a double before being taken out. He gave up five runs on five hits (four of which were home runs) in 0.1 innings. His catcher had to be telling the hitters what was coming right? Yesterday’s performance raised Yepez’s ERA to 135.00 on the year.
-High Desert’s pitchers combined to walk 13 batters.
-The teams combined for 51 runs, 58 hits, six errors and 10 home runs.
-The Mavericks had four different players with four RBI.
-The victorious Storm had 33 runs on 32 hits and five home runs.
-They scored eight runs in the first inning, six runs in the eighth and had two five-run innings as well.
-The Storm sent 13 men to the plate in the first inning, eight in the second, nine in the third, eight in the fifth, 10 in the eighth, and nine in the ninth. So they batted around in four separate innings and sent eight men to the plate in two others.
-Lake Elsinore’s leadoff batter Bradley Chalk, came to the plate nine times in the game. He went 4-9 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.
-Lake Elsinore designated hitter Matt Clark went 5-for-6 with two home runs, a triple, seven runs scored and five RBI.
-Storm first baseman Felix Carrasco drove in six runs.
-Every player in Lake Elsinore’s lineup had at least two hits an RBI and a run scored.
-Shortstop Beemer Weems was the only Storm player to not record an extra base hit. He went 2-for-5 with three walks and two runs scored.
-Chalk was the only Storm player to not record a walk.