MEMPHIS - Christian Binford and Kevin Lenik kept Omaha in the game for 9 innings, but Memphis prevailed in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Chasers 3-2 on Wednesday night at AutoZone Park.
Memphis came right back with 2 runs in the home half of the 1st inning. Rangel Ravelo singled, Nick Martini walked, and back-to-back singles by Tyler O'Neill and Alex Mejia brought home both runners for a 2-1 Redbirds lead.
It stayed that way until the top of the 5th, when Omaha tied the score. Dean Anna again began the rally with a single, and Raul Mondesi followed with a bunt single. Jorge Soler drew another walk to load the bases, and Frank Schwindel drove home his 2nd run of the game by grounding into a fielder's choice, making it 2-2.
Christian Binford recovered from a rough 1st inning to record a strong outing. He pitched 6 innings, allowing 2 runs, scattering 8 hits, and striking out 6 while walking 1.
John Gant matched Binford for 6 frames; he was charged with 2 runs, 7 hits, and 3 walks. He struck out 7.
Kevin Lenik worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 7th, and stranded a runner in the bottom of the 8th. Mike Mayers matched him for Memphis.
Mike Montgomery tossed a scoreless top of the 9th, and Lenik remained on the mound for the bottom of the inning, sending the game to extra frames with his 3rd scoreless inning.
Montgomery (W, 4-1) kept Omaha off the board in the top of the 10th, and Jake Newberry (L, 0-1) made his Triple-A debut in the bottom of the 10th. Rangel Ravelo drew a leadoff walk, and Nick Martini also walked. After a strikeout, Alex Mejia singled to load the bases. That brought Harrison Bader to the plate, and Bader ended the game with a single to left field, giving Memphis the 3-2 victory.
The Storm Chasers will conclude the series in Memphis tomorrow night. LHP Eric Skoglund (4-5, 4.50) will face RHP Dakota Hudson (0-0, 6.30). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.
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