Omaha Held to Four Hits in Series-Opening Loss to Iowa
PAPILLION, Neb. -- The Omaha Storm Chasers dropped the series opener to the Iowa Cubs, 8-1, on Tuesday at Werner Park. Omaha (64-51) remains 3.0 games behind the Toledo Mud Hens for first place in the Midwest Division with five games remaining in the 120-game regular season.
Iowa (47-68) scored the game's first run, scoring in the top of the first inning against right-hander Ronald Bolaños (Loss, 0-3) on an RBI single by Abiatal Avelino.
The Storm Chasers' lone run came in the bottom of the first, when centerfielder Lucius Fox singled, stole second, moved to third on flyout, and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Nick Pratto. Fox, who made his first career appearance in the outfield, went 1-for-3 to extend his on-base streak to seven games.
The I-Cubs broke the game open in the fourth with four runs on three hits. Brennan Davis, who made his Triple-A debut on Tuesday, started the inning with a solo home run to left field in his first Triple-A at-bat. Later in the inning, following two walks, Nico Hoerner, who made a Major League rehab appearance, drove in a run with a double down the left-field line. Greg Deichmann capped the inning with a two-run single to put Iowa ahead, 5-1.
Bolaños faced three batters in the third before exiting the game, allowing a leadoff walk, a two-run homer to Davis, and a walk to Andrew Romine before right-hander Collin Snider entered in relief. Bolaños allowed seven runs on six hits while issuing four walks with zero strikeouts in his first start since being optioned to Omaha.
Snider issued a leadoff walk in the fourth to Ian Miller, who stole second and later scored on an RBI single by Deichmann. Snider allowed one run on two hits in a season-high 3.0 innings. Right-hander Jake Newberry, right-hander Ándres Núñez, and right-hander Grant Gavin held the I-Cubs scoreless for the final 5.0 innings.
Right-hander Ethan Roberts (Win, 3-2), right-hander Dakota Mekkes and right-hander Juan Gámez combined to limit Omaha to one hit in 5.0 innings of relief.
Designated hitter Ryan McBroom drew a walk in the ninth inning to extend his on-base streak to 19 games, the longest streak by a Storm Chaser this season.
The Storm Chasers continue their six-game series with the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday, when left-hander Marcelo Martinez (4-6, 5.51) faces Iowa right-hander Cory Abbott (3-6, 6.40). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. CT with the Sarpy County Tourism Pregame Show on 1180 The Zone.
Following a six-game series against Iowa, the Storm Chasers play their final five home games of the season against the Indianapolis Indians (PIT) from Sept. 22-26 as part of the Triple-A Final Stretch. A special ticket package for the Triple-A Final Stretch is available now. For tickets and more information, visit omahastormchasers.com or call the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100 and follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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