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The Omaha Storm Chasers welcome the Memphis Redbirds to Werner Park

    Omaha Storm Chasers

3 June 2024 – International League (IL)
Omaha Storm Chasers Press Release

PAPILLION, Neb. – The Omaha Storm Chasers (39-16) welcome the Memphis Redbirds (30-27, Triple-A Cardinals) to Werner Park for a six-game homestand June 4-9. The team returns to Papillion in first place. spot in the International League after taking six of seven against the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field, the Storm Chasers’ fifth straight win.

Omaha currently holds a 5.5-game lead over second place in the International League, and the team is starting to get closer to winning the first half. If Omaha were in first place at the end of the first half three weeks from now (June 23), it would secure the Storm Chasers a spot in the best-of-three International League Championship Series in September with a spot in the Triple. -A national championship game on the line

The first four games between the Storm Chasers and the Redbirds are scheduled for first pitch at 7:05 PM CT on Tuesday June 4th, Wednesday June 5th, Thursday June 6th and Friday June 7th. Game five between Omaha and Memphis will begin on Saturday, June 8 with first pitch at 6:05 PM CT. The series will conclude with a first pitch at 5:05 PM CT on Sunday, June 9.

Highlights this week include Wild Kingdom Night presented by Mutual of Omaha, Runza Night with a Sun Hat Giveaway presented by Runza and Mental Health Awareness Night presented by PayPal.

THE SERIES PROGRAM

Tuesday, June 4th

Omaha vs. Memphis Redbirds – 7:05pm – MiLB TV and Bally Live – Listen on NewsTalk 1290 KOIL

Promotions:

First 100 Free on the Green: The first 100 fans to show their FNBO card at the Werner Park Box Office at the first Tuesday game of each month can receive up to 4 free berm tickets! | Presented by FNBO

Wednesday, June 5

Omaha vs. Memphis Redbirds – 7:05pm – MiLB TV and Bally Live – Listen on NewsTalk 1290 KOIL

Promotions:

Cornival Wednesday: Join us for a carnival-like atmosphere and specialty food like Storm Chasers in fan-favorite corn t-shirts! Carnival games on the floor include Roller Bowler, Bring Home the Bacon, Par One Golf and Labrynth! | Presented by Nebraska Spine Hospital.

Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act: Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act joins us at Werner Park as part of the Carnival. | Presented by Nebraska Spine Hospital.

Barking in the Park: Bring your dog to Werner Park on Wednesday evenings as part of Cornival Wednesdays | Presented by Merck Animal Health.

Thursday, June 6

Omaha vs. Memphis Redbirds – 7:05pm – MiLB TV and Bally Live – Listen on NewsTalk 1290 KOIL

Promotions:

Thrifty Thursday: Get a base case or berm ticket*, select concession items, medium well Pepsi, and cases of Storm & Busch Light Ale for just $3 each! *First 300 tickets, limit of 6 per account. | Presented by Pinnacle Bank.

Friday, June 7

Omaha vs. Memphis Redbirds – 7:05pm – MiLB TV and Bally Live – Listen on NewsTalk 1290 KOIL

Promotions:

Wild Kingdom Night: Celebrate Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom – Protecting the Wild, now airing on NBC! | Presented by Mutual of Omaha

Fireworks Friday: Stay after the game for a post-game fireworks display!

Girl Scout Night: Celebrating our Girl Scouts.

Mug Club: Join the Big Grove Brewery Mug Club and get $3 off every 16oz draft poured into your mug! | Presented by Big Grove Brewery

Saturday, June 8

Omaha vs. Columbus Clippers – 6:05pm – MiLB TV and Bally Live – Listen on NewsTalk 1290 KOIL

Promotions:

Runzas Night: The Chasers play Omaha Runzas in an annual tradition dedicated to Nebraska’s favorite foods. With a jersey auction in the game. | Presented by Runza

Sun Hat Giveaway: The first 1,250 fans receive a Runzas Sun Hat courtesy of Runza. | Presented by Runza

Bands and Beer: Enjoy live music from Strange Pleasures and drink specials at Bud Light Downdraught Bar | Presented by J&M Displays and Werner Enterprises

Mug Club: Join the Big Grove Brewery Mug Club and get $3 off every 16oz draft poured into your mug! | Presented by Big Grove Brewery

Sunday, June 9

Omaha vs. Columbus Clippers – 5:05 PM – MiLB TV and Bally Live – Listen on NewsTalk 1290 KOIL

Promotions:

Bellevue Community Night: We invite all our fans in the Bellevue area to the game!

Family Funday: With Free Face Painting! | Presented by Nebraska Medicine

Mental Health Awareness Night: Come help us fight the stigma of mental health as part of our PayPal Community Series. | Presented by PayPal

Kids Run the Bases: Children in attendance ages 12 and under may run the bases after the game. | Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Mug Club: Join the Big Grove Brewery Mug Club and get $3 off every 16oz draft poured into your mug! | Presented by Big Grove Brewery

Canned Sunday: Bring 3 boxes of non-perishable goods in exchange for a berm ticket.

ON THE MOUND (PROBABLE PITCHERS)

Tuesday, June 4th

Memphis – RHP Michael McGreevy (2-6, 5.81 ERA)

Omaha – LHP Kris Bubic (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Wednesday, June 5

Memphis – RHP Adam Kloffenstein (2-4, 4.43 ERA)

Omaha – RHP Chandler Champlain (0-0, 4.09 ERA)

Thursday, June 6

Memphis – RHP Sem Robberse (5-3, 3.53 ERA)

Omaha – TBA

Friday, June 7

Memphis – RHP Gordon Graceffo (5-5, 4.42 ERA)

Omaha – RHP Jonathan Bowlan (6-2, 5.06 ERA)

Saturday, June 8

Memphis – LHP Zack Thompson (1-1, 3.14 ERA)

Omaha – TBA

Sunday, June 9

Memphis – RHP Michael McGreevy (2-6, 5.81 ERA)

Omaha – LHP Kris Bubic (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Acceptance

Nick Badders brings you play-by-play action from Werner Park this week and you can watch all six games on MiLB TV or Bally Live.

The entire weeklong series between Omaha and Memphis can also be heard on the Omaha Storm Chasers Baseball Network, with all six games being broadcast locally in Omaha on NewsTalk 1290 KOIL, while also streaming online on Mixlr at stormchasers.mixlr.com.

HISTORY LESSON

Omaha holds a 150-179 (.456) all-time record against Memphis, including a 35-43 (.449) record at Werner Park. Last year, the Storm Chasers dropped four of six head-to-head games against the Redbirds in their meeting at Werner Park in early June. Before joining the International League in 2021, the Storm Chasers went 145-172 (.457) against the Redbirds in the Pacific Coast League. Omaha holds a 5-7 (.514) record against Memphis since the two teams joined the International League.

This is the first of two six-game sets that Omaha and Memphis will play in the 2024 season. The second series will be played at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee, from September 3-8.

A former Omaha player played for the Memphis Redbirds this season. Right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodríguez opened the season with Memphis and appeared in three games for the Redbirds before being placed on the 7-Day Injured List on April 13, where he remains. Rodríguez was signed by the Kansas City Royals as a minor league free agent in November 2013 and appeared in 13 games with the Storm Chasers in 2014, going 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA (5 ER in 15.2 IP) as part of the second. club right to the Triple-A National Championship (although he did not pitch in the playoffs).

While no former Redbirds are with the Storm Chasers, a pair of Omaha players are from the Memphis, Tennessee area. Outfielder Tyler Gentry was born in Memphis and went to Arlington High School, about 30 miles northeast of AutoZone Park. Storm Chasers shortstop Jonathan Bowlan also calls Arlington his hometown, attended nearby Bartlett High School and played baseball at the University of Memphis.

#5 Things (X/Twitter Friendly Notes)

1: IN GOOD CONDITION

The @OMAStormChasers enter this week ranked #1 in the 20-team International League with a record of 39-16 (.709 winning %). Syracuse is 5.5 games behind the second-place Storm Chasers. Omaha holds the top spot alone for two consecutive weeks.

2: PENNINGTON PUNCHIES

LHP Walter Pennington was named the International League Pitcher of the Week for his performance last week for the @OMAStormChasers . Pennington struck out 12 over 6.1 scoreless innings last week in Indy and allowed just 1 hit and 0 walks to the 21 batters he faced.

3: MAY MASTER

The @OMAStormChasers return home this week after a record-breaking month where the team went 23-6, the first MiLB team in 2019 to win 23 games in a month, setting a franchise record in the process.

4: MAYORS

Today the Royals announced the @OMAStormChasers player and pitcher of the month for May. INF CJ Alexander slashed .333/.410/.493 with 6 XBH, 10 RBI and had a career-best 11-game hitting streak. LHP Evan Sisk threw 10.2 scoreless innings in 11 appearances with 16 strikeouts.

5: INTERNATIONAL INTENSITY

A pair of @OMAStormChasers hitters find themselves among the International League leaders. CJ Alexander is 5th in average (.327), 7th in slugging (.569) and 10th in OPS (.952), while Devin Mann is 7th in the league in on-base percentage (.426) and 9th in batting average (.304).

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