NASHVILLE - Christian Binford pitched 7 strong innings, 6 Storm Chasers had multiple hits, and Omaha defeated Nashville 9-3 on Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Storm Chasers scored a quick run in the 1st, as Billy Burns singled, went to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Raul Mondesi , advanced to 3rd on a single by Jorge Soler , and scored when Frank Schwindel hit into a fielder's choice.
Omaha added a 2nd run in the top of the 4th. Frank Schwindel doubled, moved to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored when Hunter Dozier hit a shallow popup that was dropped by shortstop Franklin Barreto. It was 2-0.
After stranding the bases loaded in each of the first 2 innings and leaving 7 runners on base through 3 frames, Nashville scored twice in the bottom of the 4th. Jaff Decker singled, Jake Smolinsky was hit by a pitch, and both runners advanced on a deep fly out by Josh Phegley. Franklin Barreto then atoned for his error with a 2-run single, tying the game at 2-2.
The Chasers regained the lead in the top of the 5th on a walk to Billy Burns and a 2-run homer by Jorge Soler. It was Soler's 22nd home run in 71 games with Omaha this year.
Sounds starter Daniel Mengden (L, 2-4) went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits, with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Omaha made it 6-2 in the 6th inning against reliever Logan Bawcom. Terrance Gore hit a 1-out single and stole 2nd base, Corey Toups walked, Billy Burns reached on an error, and Raul Mondesi plated Gore and Toups with a double.
Omaha broke it open with 3 more in the top of the 7th against Bawcom. Cam Gallagher and Hunter Dozier singled, and after a fielder's choice, Terrance Gore beat out a potential double-play for an RBI fielder's choice, scoring Gallagher for a 7-2 lead. Billy Burns followed with a 2-run triple, and it was 9-2.
Christian Binford (W, 6-10) pitched through the 7th inning for the Chasers, limiting Nashville to 2 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 6, and worked around 5 walks.
Chris Carter reduced Omaha's lead to 9-3 with a solo homer in the bottom of the 8th. Yender Caramo worked 1.2 innings, and Eric Stout recorded the final out to close down the Chasers' 3rd win in their last 4 games.
The Chasers continue the series in Nashville tomorrow night. Omaha's starter is to be determined, while Nashville will start RHP Zach Neal (3-8, 5.29). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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