Omaha starting pitcher Luke Farrell matched a season-high with ten strikeouts and catcher Cam Gallagher collected four hits, while the Storm Chasers took advantage of a Nashville error to plate two runs in the bottom of the ninth of a 4-3 walk-off win over the Sounds in front of 7,920 fans on Friday night at Werner Park.
Thanks to the walk-off win, fans at Werner Park on Saturday evening can enjoy $1 chicken and waffles at the Walk-Off Waffles stand from 6:00-7:00 p.m. In addition, 90 cent beer will be offered at the Bud Light Downdraught during that time along with live 90's music from Johnny Knucklehead as part of 90's Night at the ballpark.
Entering the ninth trailing 3-2, Storm Chasers RF Logan Moon led off with an infield single, his first Triple-A knock, while CF Billy Burns reached on a walk to send up 3B Dean Anna . With a 2-0 count, Anna laid down a sacrifice bunt, with pitcher Simon Castro 's throw to first sailing over the second baseman's head to allow both Moon and Burns to score, giving Omaha the victory.
Gallagher got Omaha on the board first with a single to left in the opening frame to plate CF Billy Burns. The Sounds immediately answered back in the second courtesy of 1B Beau Taylor 's run-scoring double to the center field wall, with SS Franklin Barreto following with a solo blast to left-center in the third to move Nashville up 2-1.
After Gallagher tallied his second knock of the evening with a single to right, the Storm Chasers took advantage of a Nashville error in the third to even the contest at 2-2 in the third. The Sounds broke that draw, however, when Olson slashed an RBI two-bagger to left-center, making it a 3-2 margin that would not change until the final inning.
Gallagher (4-4, RBI) was the only batter from either side to record a multi-hit effort. It was the second time in the backstop's career he has tallied four knocks in a contest, last doing so on July 4, 2012 with the Burlington Royals.
Farrell (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) fired his sixth quality start in a span of eight outings with the Storm Chasers, matching a season-high with ten punchouts. The relief duo of Eric Stout (2.0 IP, 2 K) and Malcom Culver (1.0 IP) retired all nine batters faced, with Culver earning his first win of the year. Castro (0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R) suffered the defeat and blown save to fall to 3-5.
Omaha and Nashville continue their four-game set on Saturday evening, with a 7:05 p.m. CT start time. LHP Onelki Garcia (1-1, 5.46) is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers, with the Sounds expected to send RHP Frankie Montas (0-1, 5.19) to the hill.
Tickets are still available for that game and all remaining Storm Chasers contests, and may be purchased at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets, as well as by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100. To view Ticket Office hours, please click here.
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