MEMPHIS, TN (April 10, 2018) - Memphis scored all the runs they would need in the 2nd inning, then rode a strong start from John Gant to a 7-0 victory over Omaha on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park.
The Redbirds took early control of the game with 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd against Chasers starter Heath Fillmyer . Patrick Wisdom, Alex Mejia, Wilfredo Tovar, and Oscar Mercado strung together 4 consecutive singles to begin the inning, plating 2 runs. After a wild pitch, Randy Arozarena doubled hom Tovar for the 3rd run, and Max Schrock singled in Mercado for a 4-0 lead. Rangel Ravelo followed with another single, plating Arozarena.
Fillmyer (L, 0-1) was lifted after 1.1 innings, as Kevin Lenik made his first relief appearance of the season. Lenik hit Patrick Wisdom, then allowed a 2-run single to Alex Mejia, as Schrock and Garcia scored to make it 7-0. All 7 runs were charged to Fillmyer, along with 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 1.
Omaha's bullpen provided the game's bright spot for the Storm Chasers, combining for 6.2 innings without allowing a further run. Lenik tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, and Seth Maness followed with 3 zeroes in a row. Kevin McCarthy completed a stellar night for the Chasers' relief corps, working a scoreless 8th.
The Chasers were unable to mount much of an attack against Redbirds starter John Gant (W, 2-0), however. Gant tossed 7 scoreless innings, and allowed only 5 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 2.
Kevin Herget worked the 8th for Memphis, and Edward Mujica completed the combined shutout by holding Omaha without a run in the 9th, dropping Omaha to 1-4.
The Storm Chasers continue their seven-game road trip on Wednesday morning at 11:05 AM Central Time. RHP Trevor Oaks (0-1, 6.23) will throw for the Chasers, with RHP Dakota Hudson (1-0, 5.06) countering 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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