Much like their big league counterparts the Storm Chasers had a rough week. Not only did they start their first series on the road but they have fought through highs, lows, waited out the weather and suspended games.
Check out the season so far:
Omaha Storm Chasers week in review: April 10-16
Weekly Record: 1-6 (Overall: 2-9)
Standings: 4th (7.0 GB)
Weekly +/-: -13 (22 runs scored, 35 runs allowed)
This week started with the Storm Chasers going on their first road series in Memphis against the Redbirds the AAA of the Cardinals but it was a continuation of the way opening weekend went. Heath Fillmyer pitched the first game of the road series with little effect. He lasted 1.2 innings giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits. There was some good upside to the pitching though. Kevin Lenik, Seth Maness, and Kevin McCarthy pitched the rest of the game giving up 0 runs and 2 hits. Unfortunately the offense could not handle the challenge of making up those runs as they were able to muster 6 hits and 0 runs. Hunter Dozier was the only player able to get more than one hit. Chasers loose 0-7.
Game two didn’t go much better. Trevor Oaks got the start and went 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs with 1 walk and 3 strike outs. Richard Lovelady and Mike Broadway both pitched a scoreless inning each. The offence showed up with 8 hits but managed only 2 runs on a Ryan O’Hearn double. Chasers loose 2-3.
Game three saw Jonathan Dziedzic make his second start of the season. He went 6 innings giving up 4 runs but only 2 of them were earned and getting 4 strike outs along the way. Josh Staumont pitched one scoreless inning while Wily Peralta pitched one inning while giving up 1 run. The offense managed to score a season high 4 runs with Hunter Dozier leading the way by driving in 2 runs and Frank Schwindel knocking out his first home run of 2018. The Chasers once again loose 4-5.
Game four of the road trip saw the Chasers make a change of scenery with a move to Nashville to play the Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the A’s. Scott Barlow got the start going 5.2 innings with 5 strike outs 2 walks and no runs. Eric Stout went 2 scoreless innings with 3 strike outs. Mike Broadway finished the game with a scoreless inning and 1 strike out. Ryan O’Hearn continued driving in runs for the team by adding 3 RBIs on 2 hits in 4 at bats with Hunter Dozier and Frank Schwindel each scoring 2 runs. Chasers win 5-0.
Game five was suspended part way through the game on Saturday was had to be resumed on Sunday before the regularly scheduled game and had Andres Machado take the mound and last 3 innings giving up 4 runs, 2 of them earned, on 2 hits with 3 walks and 2 strike outs. Kevin Lenik came in for 0.2 innings but gave up 2 earned runs on 2 hits, 2 walks and 1 strike out. It did not get any better from there as Maness, Maurer, and Peralta came in over 4 innings and gave up 5 more earned runs. This left third baseman Humberto Arteaga taking the mound for the last 0.1 inning and was the only pitcher to not give up a run. The bats kept of the momentum from the previous game going. Frank Schwindel went 2-4 with 3 RBIs and Hunter Dozier kept hitting the ball going 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Jack Lopez, Tyler Collins and Terrance Gore each also added an RBI each. Even with this effort they came up short as they lost 7-14.
Game six had the starting pitcher Heath Fillmyer pitch a gem. He went 5.1 innings giving up only 2 hits and no runs with 4 strike outs and a walk. Richard Lovelady came in to finish the game giving up the only run of the game on 3 hits and 2 walks including one that was intentional. The bats were silenced once again as they failed to score a run on 5 scattered hits. Hunter Dozier continued his assault on the baseball though by getting one of those hits. Chasers loose 0-1.
Game seven was the final game of the road series. Mercifully the Storm Chasers can return home and weather permitting may be able to find their mojo. Trevor Oaks pitched a good game going 6.0 innings while giving up only 3 hits and no runs while adding 2 strike outs. However the best bullpen in the Royals organization once again could not hold up their end of the game. Eric Stout came for one inning of work and gave up 4 runs to tie the game. Josh Staumont pitched a scoreless inning walking 2 and striking out 2 while allowing one hit. Kevin Lenik pitched the 9th inning and gave up the winning run. The offense managed 9 hits but only 4 runs with Jack Lopez getting 3 hits and catcher Nick Dini adding 2 of his own. Hunter Dozier took the night off going 0-4 with a run, a walk and a strike out. Chasers loose 4-5.
Tuesday April 17 vs Memphis at 6:35 Starts a 7 game home stand with Memphis and Nashville coming to play and will be the last home stand this month.