The Storm Chasers took a trip to Oklahoma City and come out with some bumps and bruises but none the worse for wear. The bats stay hot as the team continues to knock out double digit hits. One game that took 14 pitchers through 12 innings to complete. Frank “The Tank” is getting hot. What in the world happened to Brandon Maurer and who is the guy pitching in his place?
Omaha Storm Chasers week in review: May 29 – June 4
Weekly Record: 2-3 (Overall: 24-32)
Standings: 3rd (10.5 GB)
Weekly +/-: +0 (31 runs scored, 31 runs allowed)
Tuesday May 29 vs Round Rock Express
Game postponed and rescheduled for July 21 due to weather.
Wednesday May 30 @ Oklahoma City Dodgers
The Storm Chasers begin their one stop road trip in Oklahoma City facing the Dodgers AAA team also named the Dodgers. Glenn Sparkman made his fourth start for the Chasers going 5.0 innings giving up two earned runs on seven hits ( including two home runs) with two strike outs. Eric Stout enters the game and goes 1.0 inning giving up one earned run on two hits. Justin Grimm put in his work for 1.0 innings, however it did not go as planned as he give up two earned runs on four hits with two strike outs. Richard Lovelady felt no remourse as he finished off the last 2.0 innings giving up no runs on one hit and four strike outs. The bats continued their dominance by hammering out 12 more hits. In fact everyone on the starting lineup got atleast one hit except Terrance Gore, who made it up by scoring two of the eight runs. Schwindel cracked his 11th double and Billy Burns sprinted around the bases for a triple. Ryan O’Hearn knocked out his sixth home run and Adalberto Mondesi hit his fourth. Chasers win 8-5 as glenn Sparkman (3-0) gets his third win and Lovelady (2) his second save.
Thursday May 31 @ Oklahoma City Dodgers
Jonathan Dziedzic took the mound for game two going 5.2 innings giving up three earned runs on six hits (including one home run) with one walk and three strike outs. Luis Vasquez managed to go 0.2 innings before getting yanked out of the game after giving up two earned runs on zero hits and three walks. Willy Peralta also went 0.2 innings but fairing much better as he only gave up one hit with two walks and a strike out. Then Mike Broadway entered the game and things really took a nose dive as he went 0.1 innings giving up four earned runs on two hits with one walk and one strike out. Kevin Lenik was forced to come out and finish the game going 0.2 innings getting one strike out. The Storm Chasers bats continued to find the ball with three players having a multi-hit game and combining to get nine of the 12 hits in the game. Frank Schwindel led the way with a 4-5 night that included a double and even managed to get his second stolen base, Cam Gallagher went 3-5 with a double and two RBIs, and Ryan O’Hearn went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs. Even with all the hitting they were doing the Storm Chasers ended up loosing the game 6-9 with Mike Broadway (3-1) taking his third blown save and third loss.
Friday June 1 @ Oklahoma City Dodgers
Heath Fillmyer started the game looking for his fourth win of the season and it did not take long for that hope to fade away. Fillmyer lasted 5.1 innings giving up seven earned runs on 12 hits with one walk and three strike outs. Of the seven hits he gave up three of them were home runs which added up to four of the runs he gave up. Eric Stout came in for 1.2 innings hoping to stop the Dodgers bats and ended up giving up one earned run on three hits. Brandon Maurer, who is turning his season around, finished off the game with 1.0 innings of no hit ball with one strike out. The lineup as a whole keeps cranking out the hits as they have for two weeks now as they rack up another game with double digit hits with 10. Leading the way again was Frank Schwindel who went 3-4 including his team leading ninth home run. He also drove in three RBIs and scored three runs. The guy’s bat is finally catching on fire like it was all of last year. Paulo Orlando added a multi-hit game with a 2-5 effort that included his first triple, a double and an RBI. Humberto Artaega and Adalberto Mondesi also added in doubles of their own while Corey Toups got his first hit since making 2018 AAA debut the day before when he went 0-4. The Storm Chasers fall short of a comeback as they loose 7-8 with Fillmyer (3-5)taking the loss.
Saturday June 2 @ Oklahoma City Dodgers
With the Storm Chasers on a two game loosing streak fireballer Josh Staumont takes the mound for his second start of the season hoping to get the team back to their winning ways. He goes 4.2 innings giving up one earned run on three hits with no walks and six strike outs. Command has been one of Staumont’s biggest weaknesses but this season he is working hard to fix that. He has pitched a 29.1 innings giving up only 19 walks and striking out an amazing 44 batters. Things are looking good for this young kid. Justin Grimm makes his sixth rehab appearance for the Storm Chasers going 1.0 innings with no hits and no runs with one walk and three strike outs. Jake Kalish finishes up the last 2.1 innings of the game giving up two earned runs on five hits (including one home run) with four strike outs. The batters let up a little bit this game as they only managed eight hits with two batters having a multi-hit game. Orlando and Mondesi were the lone batters with a multi-hit game and each of them also hit their second triples of 2018. In the end the Chasers would loose their third straight game 2-4 with Kalish (1-1) taking the loss.
Sunday June 3 @ Oklahoma City Dodgers
Sunday the day of rest, unless you were a pitcher. The Storm Chasers used six pitchers to make it through the game and if you include the Dodgers it took the effort of 14 pitchers to make it through the game. It also did not help that the game went 12 innings even with the new runner starting on second in extra innings rule. As you can imagine with all those pitchers in the game it usually means the starting pitching was nearly unbearable, however Wily Peralta was making only his second start of the season. He lasted 2.1 innings giving up one earned run on three hits with a walk and four strike outs. Mike Broadway pitched 1.0 innings and Kevin Lenik went 2.1 innings with both giving up one earned run on three hits each. Broadway struck out one and Lenik struck out four and neither pitcher issued a walk. Lovelady went 2.1 innings with no runs on three hits with one walk and three strike outs. Brandon Maurer continued his run of dominance going 2.0 innings with one walk and two strike outs. Luis Vasquez finished off the last 2.0 innings giving up two unearned runs on no hits with one walk and two strike outs. Chaser pitchers combined for a total of 16 strike outs for the game while walking only four. With the number of pitchers that were used you know there are going to be some balls getting wacked and that is exactly what happened. The two teams combined for 25 hits with the Storm Chasers getting 14 of them. Everyone except Logan Moon and Corey Toups in the starting line up got hits. Even pinch runner Terrance Gore got a double and drove in two runs in the game. Leading the Storm Chasers hitter were Billy Burns 3-6 with a double and two runs scored, Parker Morin 3-5 with one RBI, Mondesi 2-6 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI, Orlando 2-5 with his fifth home run, three runs scored and an RBI. With a four run rally in the top of the 12th inning the Storm Chasers worked their way into the win column after a three game loosing streak. Vasquez earned both the blown save (1) and the win (1-0).
Monday June 5
Off day, no game.
Next for the Chasers:
The Storm Chasers return home June 5 – June 11 for a seven game home stand against the El Paso Chihuahuas AAA team of the San Diego Padres and the Albuquerque Isotopes the AAA team of the Colorado Rockies.