MEMPHIS, TN (April 11, 2018) - For a 2nd consecutive game, Memphis scored in only 1 inning against Storm Chasers pitching. But for the 2nd consecutive game, it was enough, as the Redbirds held on to beat Omaha 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
The Redbirds opened the scoring with 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd against Trevor Oaks . Oscar Mercado singled, and with 2 out, Rangel Ravelo walked. Tyler O'Neill followed with a 2-run double to center field, scoring Mercado and Ravelo. Adolis Garcia then doubled as well, brining O'Neill home for a 3-0 Memphis lead.
The Chasers hit back in the top of the 5th, plating their first runs of the series. Ramon Torres drew a 1-out walk, and Hunter Dozier extended the inning with a 2-out single. Ryan O'Hearn delivered Omaha's first multi-run hit of the season with a double to left, plating Torres and Dozier and cutting Memphis' lead to 3-2. It was Omaha's first multi-run hit and multi-run inning of the season.
Dakota Hudson (W, 2-0) did enough to be credited with the win, allowing 2 runs, 6 hits, and 2 walks over 5 innings, with 4 strikeouts.
Oaks (L, 0-2) pitched well aside from the 3-run 3rd, holding Memphis to 3 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 1, and retired the final 8 batters he faced.
Arturo Reyes held the lead for Memphis with a scoreless 6th and 7th inning. Richard Lovelady kept the Chasers within a run with a zero in the bottom of the 7th. Preston Guilmet stranded a baserunner in the top of the 8th, and Mike Broadway made it 8.2 scoreless innings for Omaha's bullpen in the series, as he held Memphis off the board in the bottom of the 8th.
Guilmet returned for the top of the 9th, recording the final 3 outs and earning his 2nd Save of the season.
The Storm Chasers (1-5) continue their road trip on Thursday evennig at 7:05 PM Central Time. LHP Jon Dziedzic (0-0, 0.00) will throw for the Chasers, with RHP Austin Gomber (0-0, 4.50) tossing for the Redbirds.
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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