ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Omaha Storm Chasers (8-6) captured a narrow 5-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (7-8) on Thursday night at Dell Diamond. Express SS Doug Bernier collected his second home run of the year in the defeat.
Round Rock starter RHP Eddie Gamboa (1-1, 4.66) took the loss after going seven innings deep, allowing four runs, only three of which were earned, on a total of nine hits. The knuckleballer struck out four and walked three. Omaha RHP Luke Farrell (2-1, 4.70) earned the win after 4.2 solid innings of relief. Farrell entered the game in the second inning, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven and walking one.
For the second night a row, the Express scored in the bottom of the first. This time it was Bernier lining a solo shot just over the left field wall to give Round Rock the early edge. The E-Train doubled their lead in the second thanks to a trio of singles from 1B Preston Beck, 2B Luis Marte and C Pat Cantwell, the latest of which scored a run.
However, Omaha reset the score in the third with a home run off the bat of SS Corey Toups followed by back-to-back doubles courtesy of CF Billy Burns and 2B Dean Anna.
The visitors jumped ahead in the fifth inning. Toups led off the inning with a double before Anna worked a one-out walk. An ensuing Ryan O'Hearn single allowed Toups to race home. In the next at-bat, Gamboa attempted to pick off O'Hearn at first base but an errant throw landed in the Omaha dugout, resulting in Anna trotting home with his team's fourth run of the night.
Round Rock CF Cesar Puello collected his first home run of the year in the sixth inning, a moonshot that landed in the middle of the Home Run Porch, trimming Omaha's lead to 4-3.
The visitors added their fifth and final run of the game in the ninth inning. Burns led off the frame with a walk before stealing second base and advancing to third on an errant throw by Express reliever RHP R.J. Alvarez. An O'Hearn double two hitters later brought Burns home.
The E-Train offense dried up in the final three innings as Omaha relievers RHP Al Alburquerque and RHP Yender Caramo combined to allow just one baserunner.
Round Rock and Omaha close out their four-game series on Friday night. E-Train RHP Allen Webster (0-1, 10.45) is scheduled to start against Storm Chasers LHP Jonathan Dziedzic (2-1, 1.04). First pitch on 90s Night at Dell Diamond is set for 7:05 p.m.
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