Chasing the Storm: Omaha Week in Review July 11th – July 16th

The Storm Chasers finished the first half of the season with a 42-48 record, which was good enough for second place in their division behind the Iowa Cubs.  The Chasers had a nice three day All-Star break, and were represented in the game by Bubba Starling. Once the All-Star break was over, the Storm Chasers were off to San Antonio to face the Missions (Brewers affiliate) for a four game series.  They returned to Omaha to face the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins affiliate.) As baseball activities resumed post-break, however, Omaha was short one Bubba Starling, as he was called up to the Royals to make his major league debut immediately after the All-Star game.  The second half of the season has not started well for the Storm Chasers, unfortunately. They are 1-5 in the first 6 games of the second half, including a five game losing streak.  Once they finish up a home stand against Memphis, they will be on the road to Round Rock to face the Express (Astros affiliate) for three games. They will then be back home to face the San Antonio Missions (Brewers again.)

Last Week By The Numbers

July 11 @ San Antonio, L 2-9 (WP: Drew Smyly; LP: Scott Blewett)

July 12 @ San Antonio, L 9-10 (WP: Angel Perdomo; LP: Jake Kalish; SV: Taylor Williams)

July 13 @ San Antonio, L 2-8 (WP: Thomas Jankins; LP: Eric Skoglund )

July 14 @ San Antonio, W 7-1 (WP: Donnie Hart; LP: Zach Lovvorn)

July 15 vs New Orleans, L 3-6 (WP: Parker Bugg; LP: Josh Staumont; SV: R.J. Alvarez)

July 16 vs New Orleans, W 9-8  (WP: Bryan Brickhouse; LP: Brian Morin; SV: Yunior Marte)



Overall: 43-53

This Week: 1-5

Stats & Standings

The Storm Chasers scored 30 runs this week, but worked a negative run differential of -20 in the six games played.

Here’s how the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division is shaking out:

CLUB (W-L)                                          GB
Iowa Cubs (54-42)                                – –
Omaha Storm Chasers (43-53)          11.5
Nashville Sounds (40-55)                   13.5
Memphis Redbirds (38-58)                16.0

Top Performers

Ryan O’Hearn – 1B:  O’Hearn has been on a hot tear recently, highlighted by a 10 game hitting streak going into Monday, July 15th.  He didn’t start in the game when he was called upon to pinch hit for d’Arnaud (not an easy task for hitters at any level,) and flied out.  During that 10-game streak, O’Hearn had 13 hits, including three home runs and 10 RBI, and raised his batting average to .270.  He blasted another home run on Tuesday, giving him a total of six on the season, and added four more RBI.  He is currently putting up a slash-line of .274/.364/.537 for his AAA season.

Kyle Zimmer – P: Zimmer has excelled in the opener role at AAA, and has even filled in for some relief appearances as needed.  He pitched 3.1 innings this week in two appearances, 1.1 of which in relief.  He gave up no runs, walked 4, and struck out 3.  It was an incredibly tough week on the pitching staff, and despite his shaky history, Zimmer was one of a couple that made it through without much damage.  I would expect the Royals to adopt or at least experiment with the opener role at some point in 2019, and Zimmer should be due to return to the big league club by then.

Next Up:

July 17 vs New Orleans

July 18 vs New Orleans

July 19 vs Memphis

July 20 vs Memphis

July 21 vs Memphis

July 22 Off day

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