MEMPHIS - Despite taking the lead in both games, the Storm Chasers fell to defeat in both ends of a doubleheader on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 and 4-2 at AutoZone Park.
In the opener, Brian Flynn and Kevin Herget matched zeroes for 3 innings, until Omaha scored the first run in the top of the 4th. Jorge Soler and Frank Schwindel walked, and with 1 out, Logan Moon doubled home Soler to give the Chasers a 1-0 lead.
But Memphis turned the game in their favor with 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th. Alberto Rosario, Wilfredo Tovar, and Rangel Ravelo collected consecutive singles to tie the game and chase Flynn. Seth Maness was summoned to the mound, but Tyler O'Neill greeted him with an RBI single. Aledmys Diaz later hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Ravelo for a 3-1 Redbirds advantage.
Flynn (L, 4-3) was charged with 3 runs, 5 hits, and 3 walks in 4+ innings. He struck out 3.
Herget (W, 4-1) worked 6 innings, allowing 1 run, 4 hits, and 2 walks, while striking out 5.
Josh Lucas (S, 12) tossed a scoreless 7th for the save, closing out a quick Memphis victory.
In the second game of the night, the Chasers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd. Corey Toups singled, Billy Burns bunted for a hit, Dean Anna sacrificed them to 2nd and 3rd, and Jorge Soler walked. Frank Schwindel then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Toups, and when left fielder Tyler O'Neill threw errantly to the infield, Burns also came around to score on the same play.
Memphis cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 5th on a walk to Breyvic Valera and a double by Nick Martini. However, Emilio Ogando stranded Martini at 3rd to keep Omaha ahead 2-1.
Ogando, who was making his Triple-A debut, worked 5 innings, and limited Memphis to 1 run on 4 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 3.
Again, however, the Redbirds staged a rally to earn victory. Eric Stout (L, 5-1) entered the game in the bottom of the 6th, and issued walks to Tyler O'Neil and Aledmys Diaz. After a sacrifice bunt by Harrison Bader, Stout struck out power-hitting Patrick Wisdom, then issued a walk to Breyvic Valera, loading the bases with 2 out. Gabriel Lino followed with a 3-run double, giving Memphis the lead, 4-2.
Matt Pierce (W, 2-1) worked through 6 innings, scattering 7 hits and 2 runs. He struck out 4 and walked 1.
Ryan Sherriff (S, 6) locked down the 7th for the save, consigning Omaha to a frustrating night.
The Storm Chasers will continue the series in Memphis tomorrow. RHP Christian Binford (5-8, 7.93) will toe the rubber for Omaha, while RHP Jon Gant (4-5, 4.33) will counter for the Redbirds. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.
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