NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A trio of Omaha hurlers combined on a three-hitter as the division-leading Storm Chasers hung an 8-0 defeat on the Nashville Sounds in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday evening at Greer Stadium.
Left-hander Everett Teaford (4-0) worked five scoreless frames to earn the victory for the Storm Chasers. He allowed three hits and retired the final nine batters he faced.
Francisley Bueno worked a perfect sixth before Brandon Sisk closed out the contest with 1-2-3 seventh.
The Omaha pitchers combined to retire the final 15 Nashville batters in succession.
The loss was the sixth shutout suffered by Nashville (26-43) this season. Jeff Bianchi, Andy Gonzalez, and Dayton Buller each singled to account for the Sounds' lone hits in the game.
Right-hander Marco Estrada made his first rehab start for the Sounds as he recovers from a right quadriceps strain. He allowed one hit over three scoreless frames, walking four batters and striking out two. He threw 59 pitches (34 for strikes) and took a no-decision.
The visitors broke a scoreless deadlock in the fourth when Omaha third baseman Irving Falu belted a three-run home run off Sounds reliever Victor Garate (2-4) with two outs. David Lough (single) and Derrick Robinson (walk) both scored on the blast, Falu's fifth roundtripper of the year.
The Storm Chasers wrapped up the contest's scoring with a five-run seventh against Sounds right-hander Brian Baker.
After Wil Myers opened the frame with a walk, designated hitter Clint Robinson upped the visitors' lead to 5-0 when he crushed a two-run homer to right, the slugger's ninth longball of the season.
Omaha continued the rally by loading the bases on a pair of single followed by a fielding error by Sounds second baseman Eric Farris before Derrick Robinson plated the frame's third run with an RBI single to left, which chased Baker from the contest.
Johnnie Lowe took over and walked each of the first two batters he faced to force in two more runs to bring the score to its final 8-0 standing.
Cesar Izturis (strained left hamstring) also made his first rehabilitation appearance for Nashville and went 0-for-3 with three groundouts as the team's designated hitter.