Omaha drops third straight at Louisville, losing 5-4 in overtime

Omaha drops third straight at Louisville, losing 5-4 in overtime

Omaha drops third straight at Louisville, losing 5-4 in overtime

    Omaha Storm Chasers

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

BUTTERFLY, NEB. – Late-inning mistakes cost the Omaha Storm Chasers their fifth game of the week in a third straight loss against the Louisville Bats, 5-4 in 10 innings Saturday at Werner Park.

Omaha starting pitcher Chandler Champlain struggled early as three doubles scored two runs in the first inning, then a pair of singles scored another run for Louisville in the second for a 3-0 lead Bats early after two innings of play.

After an RBI groundout scored Louisville’s third run to record the first run of the second inning, Champlain didn’t allow another hit the rest of the night, retiring 15 of his final 17 hitters as the right-hander walked one and hit. one, while six six. The outing was his third quality start with Omaha, his sixth overall this year, including a trio in Double-A.

The Chasers were held scoreless through the first three innings, but Omaha got the bats going in the bottom of the fourth when Devin Mann reached base on a fielding error to set up Nick Pratto for a two-point shot and cut Louisville’s lead to 3. -2.

Behind Champlain, Walter Pennington took the mound in the top of the seventh inning and worked around a pair of baserunners to throw two scoreless innings, including a 1-2-3 eighth inning .

The Chasers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh when Ryan Fitzgerald got the first of two hits in the game, then scored when John Rave crushed a two-run homer, his team-leading 12 -a long ball. of the season for a 4-3 Omaha lead.

With Pennington tailing for the win, Will Klein homered in the top of the ninth inning to end the game, but a walk, single and wild pitch drove in the tying run to knot the score at 4-4. Despite a two-out hit from Fitzgerald in the bottom of the ninth, Omaha was unable to score and the game went into overtime.

Right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey took the mound in the 10th and a Mann fielding error at second base to open the frame scored pinch runner Hernan Perez at second base. That run was the difference for Louisville in a 5-4 game as the Storm Chasers retired quietly in the bottom of the 10th inning, the team’s third straight loss to the Bats.

The Storm Chasers wrap up this week’s series against the Bats on Sunday, June 23, with first pitch set for 5:05 PM CT and left-hander Daniel Lynch IV scheduled to start for Omaha.

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