NASHVILLE, TN (April 15, 2018) - The Storm Chasers came up short in a pair of games in Nashville, as the Sounds won 14-7 in a resumed game that had been suspended due to rain on Saturday night, and then bested the Chasers in a 1-0 pitchers' duel in the 2nd game on Sunday evening at First Tennessee Park.
The Chasers began the resumed game trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the 4th inning. They started the day strongly, closing out the bottom of the 4th inning and then cutting into Nashville's lead in the top of the 5th. Jack Lopez stroked a 2-out single, stole 2nd, and scored on a single by Hunter Dozier , making it 6-3.
Omaha inched closer in the the top of the 6th. Parker Morin singled, Logan Moon doubled, and Terrance Gore knocked in Parker with an RBI groundout, cutting Nashville's advantage to 6-4.
Nashville broke the game open in the bottom of the 6th, however. Jorge Mateo singled against Seth Maness , stole 2nd, and immediately went to 3rd on an errant throw by Parker Morin. Nick Martini singled Mateo home, Anthony Garcia reached on a fielding error, and with 2 out, Beau Taylor singled to score Martini. Slade Heathcott followed with a single to load the bases, and Steve Lombardozzi singled in 2 more runs to make it 10-4 Sounds.
The Storm Chasers responded with 2 in the top of the 7th. Jack Lopez walked, Hunter Dozier singled, Frank Schwindel doubled to score Lopez, and Tyler Collins knocked in Dozier with a sacrifice fly.
Omaha made it 10-7 in the top of the 8th; Terrance Gore beat out an infield single, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a groundout, and scored on a single by Jack Lopez.
But Nashville posted another crooked number in the home half of the 8th. Anthony Garcia walked, Sheldon Nuese walked, and after Wily Peralta relieved Brandon Maurer , Slade Heathcott and Steve Lombardozzi both walked to force home a run. B.J. Boyd singled to bring in 2 runners, and with 2 out, Dustin Fowler and Nick Martini walked to force in another run, giving Nashville a 14-7 lead. Humberto Arteaga was summoned to record the final out of the frame.
Andres Machado (L, 0-1), who had started the game and pitched the first 3 innings last night prior to the suspension, was tagged with the loss. He allowed 4 runs (2 earned), 2 hits, and 3 walks, while striking out 2.
Raul Alcantara (W, 1-0) was credited with the win despite allowing 4 runs in 3 relief innings. Lou Trivino (S, 1) was awarded the save, as he pitched a scoreless final 1.2 innings.
Game 2 of the strange doubleheader was very different, as both teams struggled to crack the scoreboard. James Naile and Heath Fillmyer matched zeroes through 5 innings, with Omaha stranding 4 runners and Nashville 3. Fillmyer was lifted with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th.
Fillmyer allowed only 2 hits over his 5.1 innings, with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk. Richard Lovelady recorded the final 2 outs of the 6th, stranding 2 Sounds baserunners.
Naile (W, 3-0) was credited with a Complete Game. He worked 7 innings, and allowed 5 hits. He struck out 7 and walked 1.
In the bottom of the 7th, Nashville mounted a game-winning rally against Lovelady (L, 0-1). Nick Martini walked, Slade Heathcott doubled Martini to 3rd, Steve Lombardozzi was intentionally walked, and Dustin Garneau delivered a single to left to score Martini with the winning run.
The Storm Chasers (2-8) conclude their road trip in Nashville tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 PM Central Time. RHP Trevor Oaks (0-2, 5.23) will pitch for Omaha, while RHP Frankie Montas (0-1, 54.00) takes the ball for the Sounds.
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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