Memphis, TN:The Redbirds have been unable to shake the losing slump since the All-Star break going 1-6 in the current home stand, most recent loss to American Northern division leader the Omaha Storm Chasers who run with the lead as the Redbirds fall four games back.
Starting pitcher for the Chasers pitched a complete-game shutout as the 'Birds were unable to get out of a slump with their first no-hit game of the season. Starter for the Storm Luis Mendoza went the full nine innings giving up four walks with seven strikeouts.
The Chasers got started early in the third with three singles and a walk against starting pitcher Adam Ottavino to get on the board first. Ottavino pitched one more inning in the fourth to keep them with a 1-0 lead. He went four innings giving up one run off five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.
Cory Rauschenberger took the mound to relieve starter Adam Ottavino in the top of the fifth and got himself in a bind with Matt Carpenter recording an error at third to load the bases with no outs. In a close call at first Manager Chris Maloney was ejected from the game for arguing a play. First baseman Clint Robinson for Omaha brought in the two runs with a single to center.
Rauschenberger went two innings giving up the two runs off four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Omaha would add one more in the top of the eighth as the 'Birds got a chance in the bottom of the eighth as well when starter Mendoza walked the first two batters. But with two on the next three batters were unable reel them in to get on the scoreboard.
"We just keep playing the game, we still have six weeks left. There is plenty of time, we just have to keep this series close and not panic," said short stop Tyler Greene. "Play every game like it is the end and try and win as many games as we can."
Memphis was shutout by the Chasers in a 4-0 loss, falling four games behind in the American Northern. They will meet again tomorrow at 7:05 PM, when right-handed pitchers will dual it out for the win, Omaha's Vin Mazzaro (5-0, 4.76) taking on Memphis' Maikel Cleto (1-1, 4.43).