This was the best week of the season so far for the Storm Chasers and it also happened to coincide with the arrival of two Royals All-Stars on rehab assignments. Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon rejoined the Chasers for the weekend games which sparked the offense.
Check out the season so far:
Omaha Storm Chasers week in review: April 17-23
Weekly Record: 4-3 (Overall: 6-12)
Standings: 3rd (7.0 GB)
Weekly +/-: +7 (25 runs scored, 18 runs allowed)
The Storm Chasers returned home for their second home stand of the season but the weather was still not on their side but the storm was brewing. The Memphis Redbirds came to town after having had swept the Storm Chasers in a three game series the week prior in Memphis. This week was going to be different, Jonathan Dziedzic took the mound in the first game and continued to be his regular April self going 7.0 innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 7 hits. Along the way he also got 4 Strike outs and 2 walks. Mike Broadway came in for 1.2 innings and also gave up 1 run on 1 hit blowing the save in the 9th inning. Richard Lovelady came in for the last 1.1 innings and gave up 1 run in the process giving Memphis the lead in the top of the 10th inning. The Chasers piled up 8 hits but also impressively racked up 8 walks during the game. Hunter Dozier keep on punishing the ball by getting his third double and two walks along the way. Frank Schwindel drove in 2 runs with Nick Dini and Jack Lopez each adding one of their own. Richard Lovelady earned the win when the offense walked off the game. Storm Chasers win 4-3.
Wednesdays game was postponed due to weather with a double-header on Thursday to make up the game. Both games of the doubleheader were seven innings games and involved a special guest. Zach Lovvorn made his AAA debut in-game one and got rocked hard. He went 5.1 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits, including a home run, with 1 walk and 1 strike out. Brandon Maurer came for the last two outs of 6th inning giving up 1 hit with 1 walk and 2 strike outs. Willy Peralta finish off the game going 1.0 innings giving up 1 hit with 1 walk and 2 strike outs. The offense fell flat again managing only 2 hits with one each by Ryan O’Hearn and Tyler Collins. O’Hearn also drove in both of the Chasers runs. Storm Chasers loose 2-6.
Game 2 of the doubleheader featured Royals All-Star Gold Glove catcher Salvador Perez make his Storm Chasers season debut behind the plate. Andres Machado made the start going 4.1 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits with 3 walks and 6 strike outs. Josh Staumont and Seth Maness finished off the game giving up a combined 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 strike outs. The offense managed to rack up 8 hits with Terrance Gore leading the way with 2 and Salvador Perez getting one of his own. Even with the added might of an All-Star the Chasers only managed to get 1 run on an RBI by Humberto Arteaga. Storm Chasers drop it 1-2.
In the final game of the series Alex Gordon made his 2018 Storm Chasers debut. Heath Fillmyer took the mound and pitched gem going 6.0 innings while giving up 3 hits and no runs with 1 walk and 6 strike outs. Kevin Lenik pitched 2.0 innings scoreless innings for his first hold of the season while Mike Broadway finished out the last inning with no hits, no runs and 2 strike outs. The Storm Chasers unloaded the bats on the Red Birds with 12 hits and 5 runs. Parker Morin lead the way with 4 hits and Ramon Torres had 3 hits to lead the onslaught. Burns, O’Hearn, Collins and Morin each drove in a run. Royals All-Stars Salvador Perez had 1 hit and Alex Gordon had 1 run in a combined 8 at bats. Storm Chasers win 5-0.
Saturday began a 3 game series with the Nashville Sounds with Trevor Oaks taking the mound with an excellent performance going 7.0 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 4 strike outs. Eric Stout, Mike Broadway, and Richard Lovelady pitched a combined 2 innings with no hits and no runs with a strike out each. Richard Lovelady earned the save. The Storm Chasers pounded out 9 hits and 6 runs with Salvador Perez leading the way with 3 hits including his first home run. Frank Schwindel added in 2 RBI’s of his own. With the help of excellent pitching the Storm Chasers win their second game in a row 6-2.
Sundays afternoon game saw Clay Buchholz make his first start for the Storm Chasers and it was well worth the wait as he pitched gem. In 6.1 innings pitched Buchholz gave up 1 earned run on 5 hits, including a home run, with 1 walk and 3 Strike outs. Brandon Maurer (0.2IP) and Scott Barlow (2.0) each had scoreless appearances with Barlow getting the save. Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon each got a double with Perez driving in 2 runs and Gordon driving in 1 run. Nick Dini added his team leading 3rd home run. Storm Chasers win their 3rd game in a row 4-1.
The final game of the series with Nashville was on Monday morning. Both Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon were not in the line up for the game. Jonathan Dziedzic made the start and had the worst outing of the season so far. He went 5.0 innings while giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits with 1 walk and 6 strike outs. Eric Stout, Josh Staumont, Willy Peralta, and Richard Lovelady each pitched a scoreless inning while giving up a combined 1 hit with 3 strike outs. The Chasers once again generated 8 hits with Frank Schwindel getting 2 of them to lead the way and raising his batting average to .218. The Storm Chasers had big problems at the plate with a total of 11 strike outs. Chasers fall 3-4.
Wednesday April 25, 2018 @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox at 7:40pm.
Next Home Game:
Friday May 4, 2018 vs New Orleans Baby Cakes at 7:05pm.
Photo Credits: Minda Haas Kuhlmann