Dominic Hernandez pitched five scoreless innings of relief but the damage had been done as the Palo Alto Oaks dropped the opener of the Stan Musial World Series in Houston on Wednesday, 11-5, to the Long Island Storm.
The Oaks (20-2) will try to avoid elimination when they meet the Braintree White Sox on Thursday.
Allen Stiles had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs for the Oaks. Menlo-Atherton grad Tyler Finley also hit a home run.
Will Klein added two hits and Joe McClaughlin also drove in a run.
Matt Campbell was roughed up for nine runs on nine hits over three innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Palo Alto grad Jason Kleinhoffer, who missed last year's trip to the World Series, gave up two runs on two hits in his inning.
Long Island's Edvian Abreu shut down the Oaks after starter Matt Restivo, who played several years in the Independent Frontier League, was hit around to the tune of four runs on 10 hits in four innings.
Abreu did not give up a hit, walked two and struck out five.
Storm catcher Sandy Aracena, who had three hits, spent six years in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization and leadoff hitter Manny Solano, who had two hits and scored twice, was in the Cincinnati Reds' organization for several years.
The White Sox have four former professional players on the roster, including catcher Frank Curreri, who reached the Triple-A level with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Oaks finished third at last year's World Series, their first ever appearance in the event.