LAKE ELSINORE – For the first time since 2011, the Lancaster JetHawks will not be a part of the California League minor league baseball playoffs.
The Lake Elsinore Storm won, 5-2, over Lancaster Friday night to eliminate the JetHawks from postseason contention.
Lancaster had qualified for the playoffs seven-straight years, which was the longest active streak in Minor League Baseball. The Lake Elsinore Storm clinched their first playoff berth since 2014 with their win on Friday.
Lake Elsinore (36-31, 71-64) used a four-run second inning to take an early lead in the game over the JetHawks that the Storm would not relinquish. Franchy Cordero, on an MLB rehab assignment, capped off the inning with a two-run triple.
Ryan Rolison (6-7) settled down after the second inning of the game. The left-handed pitcher got through the next four innings without allowing another run, but the JetHawks offense was unable to back him up.
Lancaster (33-34, 67-68) scored a run in the third inning. Ramon Marcelino led off with a triple, and came home on Austin Bernard’s RBI single. That was the only run the JetHawks scored against Adrian Martinez (1-0) in his Cal League debut.
The JetHawks missed several opportunities to get back in the game. The offense left eight men on base and went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Here’s the box score
Coming into the weekend series, the Lancaster JetHawks needed a four-game sweep to make the playoffs. With the loss, they are four games behind the Storm in the standings with only three games left. Lake Elsinore has won six of eight August meetings so far between the two teams.
The series continued Saturday night.
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