May 28-29, 2019

STORM vs. QUAKES

The Storm return to the friendly confines of The Diamond to kick off a seven-game homestand, beginning with a three-game set against I-15 rival Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The Quakes, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have enjoyed being at the top of the South Division standings for the majority of the 2019 season, while the Storm have seesawed from the top to the bottom. With seven games already in the books between these two team, the Quakes have the advantage six games to one, while leading the head-to-head matchup in three major categories, batting average (.232), runs scored (40) and ERA (1.97). The last time the Dodger affiliate visited Lake Elsinore, they swept the Storm in a three-game series, which turned the tides and sent the Storm losing 15 of their next 25 games. MORE ABOUT THE QUAKES: With home being LoanMart Field, formerly known as The Epicenter, it may come as a surprise that the Quakes have fared better on the road to begin the season than right at home. In 23 road games, they have a record of 16-7 (.696), which is tops in the California League. With the city of Rancho Cucamonga within striking distance from Los Angeles, notable Major League players from the Dodgers organization have made the trek to the Inland Empire for rehab assignments. In the past, players have included Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson and many others. Just over one month into the season, the boys in blue have already sent Rich Hill for a rehab start (April 17 @ Lake Elsinore) as well as Tony Cingrani for a relief appearance (May 4 @ San Jose).      

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

LAKE ELSINORE STORM

5/28a – Ronald Bolaños - RHP

5/28b – Aaron Leasher - LHP

5/29 – MacKenzie Gore - LHP

RANCHO CUCAMONGA QUAKES

5/28a – Josiah Gray - RHP

5/28b – Bryan Warzek - LHP

5/29 – Gerardo Carrillo - RHP

May 30-June 2, 2019

STORM vs. GIANTS

To finish up the seven-game homestand, the Storm will welcome back the San Jose Giants for a five-game series during Hispanic Heritage Weekend, presented by Anderson Chevrolet. The Giants, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, will be making their second of three appearances at Pete Lehr Field this season after losing two of three to the Storm back on May 10-12. Through four games, the season series is split two games to two, and the Storm have the edge in the top offensive and pitching categories such as batting average (.219), and ERA (2.48). MORE ABOUT THE GIANTS: The franchise has been a staple in San Jose since 1962, when it was originally a part of the Los Angeles Angels organization (1962-1969). Since that time, it has changed franchises including the Kansas City Royals (1970-1974), Cleveland Indians (1975-1976), Oakland Athletics (1977), Seattle Mariners (1978-1980), Montreal Expos (1982) and now San Francisco Giants (1988-Present). The team plays at Municipal Stadium which opened in 1988 and plays host to numerous events besides baseball such as concerts, weddings, graduations and dog shows. In recent seasons, the Giants have hosted many big leaguers on a rehab assignment such as Madison Bumgarner, Joe Panik, Jeff Samardzija, Will Smith, Andrew Suarez and Tyler Beede.     

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

LAKE ELSINORE STORM

5/30 – Luis Patiño - RHP

5/31 – Ronald Bolaños - RHP

6/1 – Aaron Leasher - LHP

6/2 – MacKenzie Gore - LHP

RANCHO CUCAMONGA QUAKES

5/30 – Matt Frisbee - RHP

5/31 – Aaron Phillips - RHP

6/1 – John Gavin - LHP

6/2 – Casey Meisner - RHP

KEEP AN EYE OUT

As the Storm have hit the midway point to the first half of the season, the talent on the Storm has emerged even brighter as they battle back in the South Division standings. Second baseman Esteury Ruiz has found his stroke at the plate following a tough month of April. Through his first 14 May games, the 20-year-old Azua, Dominican Republic native is batting .298 (14-for-47) with four home runs, 12 runs batted in and seven runs scored. Ruiz was named California League Offensive Player of the Week from May 6-12, where he slashed .389 Avg./.450 OBP/.722 SLG, with two home runs and seven runs batted in. Out of the bullpen, J.C. Cosme continues his role as a force on the back end. In 13 appearances, the 23-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA to go along with 27 strikeouts and a .183 opposing batting average. After tossing three scoreless innings against Stockton on May 16, Cosme extended his streak to 10 straight appearances without surrendering an earned run or more than two hits. Fellow relief pitcher Caleb Boushley is turning heads in the California League with his consistent and dominant outings. In his first 10 appearances, the Hortonville, Wisconsin native is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 26 innings. Boushley filled in for a spot start on May 12 against the San Jose Giants, tossing 4.2 shutout innings, while striking out a career high seven batters.

NIGHTS TO WATCH

Fans can enjoy many of our daily promotions including Fiesta Tuesday where we offer $3 tall boy beers, $3 tacos as well as 2-for-1 tickets, especially during the doubleheader against the Quakes on May 28. Our brand new $5 Wednesday can be enjoyed twice during the remainder of May (May 21 and 29) as tickets start at just $5. They also include $5 parking, $5 food specials, $5 beers and $5 off on selected merchandise items! The Cadejos de Lake Elsinore storm back to The Diamond on Thursday, May 23 and May 30 as it will be a Thirsty Thursday with $2 Beers and $2 Sodas. Have no fear, as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Weekend presented by Anderson Chevrolet, a doubleheader will kick things off on Thursday May 30 with a 5PM first pitch, followed by game two just 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Fireworks Friday, Signature Saturday and Salute to Soldiers Sunday Funday will be featured for all to enjoy as well!   

MARK YOUR CALENDARS... JUNE 8, THE STORM WILL HOST IT'S ANNUAL PRIDE NIGHT WITH PRE-GAME AUTOGRAPH SESSION. JUNE 9 IS OUR SALUTE TO SOLDIERS SUNDAY FUNDAY FEATURING THUNDER'S BIRTHDAY  AND FOUR FREE TICKETS PER MILITARY ID. FOLLOWING THAT, COME GET YOUR GEEK ON FROM JUNE 20-23 WITH GEEKEND6. JUNE 20, THIRSTY THURSDAY , TO FEATURE CADEJOS BASEBALL & $2 DRAFTS ON NERD OUT NIGHT. POST-GAME FIREWORKS AND SUPERHEROES ON FRIDAY, JUNE 21. SATURDAY IS THE FAN FAVORITE STAR WARS NIGHT WITH  SPACE HUNTER HAT GIVEAWAY PRESENTED BY THE SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK TO THE FIRST 1000 FANS. SKIP THE LINE AND GUARANTEE YOURSELF A HAT BY DONATING BLOOD THAT DAY AT THE ANNUAL STORM BLOOD DRIVE. THE WEEKEND CONCLUDES WITH GAMER DAY ON SUNDAY, JUNE 23. COME OUT AND PLAY SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR VIDEO GAMES IN OUR FIRST BASE PICNIC AREA PRESENTED BY LANDIEGO. SEE YOU THERE!

EYES ON THE OPPONENT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA QUAKES: As the South division leaders, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have been dominating the rest of the California League with timely hitting and dynamic pitching on a daily basis. Dodgers No. 20 Prospect (according to MLBPipeline.com) Edwin Uceta, has carved up opposing batters in seven starts that has him viewed as a top of the rotation talent. The 21-year-old right-hander ranks second in the league in ERA (1.89), while Top-10 in innings pitched (33.1) and strikeouts (42). Offensively, second baseman Devan Mann continues to carry the load batting in the middle of the Quakes lineup. Through 37 games, the Louisville alum bats .268 (37-for-138), while driving in a team-leading 27 RBI and 17 extra base hits (six home runs, 10 doubles and one triple).           

SAN JOSE GIANTS: With the top two San Francisco Giants prospects currently on the injured-list (No. 1 Joey Bart and No. 2 Heliot Ramos), others have stepped up to the plate offensively to help fill the void. Luckily, outfielder Logan Baldwin has come up clutch from the left side of the plate. In 35 games, the former Georgia Southern Eagle leads the Giants in hits (32), while recording nine extra base hits (two home runs, four doubles and three triples). On the bump, starting pitcher Trenton Toplikar continues to elevate his game as the season has progressed. The Santee, California native is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in seven appearances (six starts), while ranking third on the team with 28 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.28.