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Quakes fall one run short 7-6, Toles and Kendrick combine for five hits

Outfielder Andrew Toles
Outfielder Andrew Toles
Craig Minami True Blue LA

RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes dropped the series finale 7-6 to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) on Sunday afternoon at LoanMart Field.  The Quakes did not lose a single game to the Storm at home in 2015, starts of this season losing 3 of 4.

Dodger infielder Howie Kendrick played the entire game at second base, he went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. He made several plays at second base including a nice turn while completing a double play.   Kendrick appeared to be all set to be activated from the disabled list in time for Tuesday's home opener at Dodger Stadium.

One highlight in this series for the Quakes was the play of outfielder Andrew Toles.  Toles, a former player in the Tampa Bay organization, was signed as a free agent in October 2015.  Toles had a hit in each of the four games, going 7-for-20 in this season's opening series.

Tommy Bergjans made his California league debut for the Quakes and went 4⅓ innings, allowing six runs (five earned), five hits, two walks and struck out five.  Bergians is from Torrance, the 23 year old was an 8th round pick in 2015 draft out of Haverford College.

The Storm took the early lead but the Quakes kept fighting back.  The Quakes trailed by two going to the bottom of the 6th until they tied it again on a solo home run by Kyle Garlick.

Quakes reliever Luis De Paula took the loss when he allowed back to back singles and a ground out in the 7th inning to score the eventual winning run.