ROUND ROCK - When Kyle Zimmer departed after the 1st inning, Omaha's bullpen responded with sterling work, and the Chasers defeated Round Rock 5-3 on Thursday night at Dell Diamond.
Doug Bernier put Round Rock in front in the bottom of the 1st, cranking a solo homer against Chasers starter Kyle Zimmer. Zimmer, who threw 24 pitches in the 1st, exited the game after the inning.
Luke Farrell entered the game for Omaha in the bottom of the 2nd, and had to labor through his first inning; Preston Beck singled, and with 1 out, Luis Marte and Patrick Cantwell singled to plate a run and make it 2-0 Round Rock.
The Chasers hit back in the top of the 3rd, tying the game. Corey Toups hit his 2nd home run in as many games, and Billy Burns and Dean Anna followed with back-to-back doubles against Round Rock starter Eddie Gamboa. It was 2-2.
Omaha missed a prime opportunity to take the lead in the 4th, as Jorge Bonifacio led off with a triple but was stranded by the next 3 batters.
But the Chasers did take the lead in the 5th. Corey Toups doubled, Dean Anna walked, Ryan O'Hearn singled home Toups, and Anna scored on an errant pickoff throw by Gamboa, giving Omaha a 4-2 lead.
Cesar Puello cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th inning with a long home run to left field. Luke Farrell (W, 2-1) was subsequently relieved with 2 out in the inning; he worked 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs, 8 hits, and 1 walk; he struck out 7.
Al Albuquerque followed Farrell with 2.1 scoreless innings, working through the 8th. He retired all 7 batters that he faced.
Eddie Gamboa (L, 1-1) was charged with 4 runs and 9 hits over 7 frames; he struck out 4 and walked 3.
Omaha added an insurance tally in the top of the 9th on a Billy Burns walk and a Ryan O'Hearn double.
That was enough for Yender Caramo (S, 1), who worked a scoreless 9th inning to salt away Omaha's 2nd consecutive victory. The win moved them a season-high 2 games above .500 (8-6).
The Chasers wrap up the series in Round Rock tomorrow night. LHP Jon Dziedzic (2-1, 1.04) takes the mound for Omaha, while Round Rock's starter has not been announced. The game will begin at 7:05.
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