Chasers Split Two in Round Rock
ROUND ROCK, TX - After rain halted last night's game, the Storm Chasers won the resumed contest 4-3, then dropped a 2nd game 5-3 to see their 5-game winning streak halted on Sunday evening at Dell Diamond.
The initial game resumed in the top of the 5th inning in a 2-2 tie. After the Chasers were held off the board in the top of the inning, Round Rock gained the lead in the bottom half on a solo home run by Hanser Alberto.
Omaha tied the game in the top of the 7th, as Paulo Orlando blasted his 8th home run of the season to make it 3-3.
Eric Stout (W, 3-3) tossed 4 innings of relief for Omaha, yielding just a single run.
The Chasers then took the lead in the top of the 9th against Taylor Scott (L, 4-5). Terrance Gore drew a walk, and Billy Burns tapped a ball in front of home plate; Express catcher Tony Sanchez tried to record the out at 2nd and threw the ball into center field instead. Center fielder Scott Heineman then overran the ball, incurring a 2nd error on the play and allowing Gore to come all the way around to score the go-ahead run.
Jake Newberry (S, 3) worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th to record the save, and give Omaha their 5th consecutive victory.
In the 2nd game of the day, Round Rock jumped on Trevor Oaks for 3 quick runs in the bottom of the 1st. Christian Lopes walked, and consecutive singles from Nomar Mazara, Andy Ibanez, Juan Centeno, and Hanser Alberto made it 3-0.
The Chasers slugged their way back into the game, however. In the top of the 3rd, Jack Lopez singled, and Luis Villegas hit his 2nd home run of the year, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Frank Schwindel tied the game at 3 in the top of the 4th, hitting his 21st home run of the season.
Tyler Wagner pitched 5 innings for Round Rock. He was charged with 3 runs on 6 hits, with 1 strikeout and 1 walk.
Reed Garrett (W, 1-1) pitched a scoreless top of the 6th, and Round Rock regained the lead in the last of the inning. Andy Ibanez was hit by a pitch, Juan Centeno bunted him to 2nd, and Carlos Perez singled Ibanez in. With 2 out, Franklin Rollin doubled home another run for a 5-3 lead.
Oaks (L, 8-6) went 5.2 innings, allowing 5 runs, 10 hits, and 3 walks. He struck out 1.
R.J. Alvarez (S, 21) worked the final inning for his 21st save of the year, halting Omaha's winning streak at 5.
The Storm Chasers (55-63) will return to Werner Park to open a 4-game homestand against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at 7:05. RHP Zach Lovvorn (1-6, 7.43) will start for Omaha, while the Dodgers will counter with RHP Zach Neal (3-2, 4.54).
Single-game tickets are available for all remaining 2018 Storm Chasers home contests, and may be purchased online at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets, or through the Werner Park Ticket Office during open hours from noon until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday either in-person or by calling (402) 738-5100.
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