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The Hunters drop Thursday morning with an 8-3 loss in Columbus

The Hunters drop Thursday morning with an 8-3 loss in Columbus

    Omaha Storm Chasers

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

BUTTERFLY, NEB. – The Omaha Storm Chasers dropped the second of a six-game series against the Columbus Clippers, falling 8-3 on Thursday afternoon at Huntington Park.

After Wednesday’s game was canceled due to inclement weather, the Clippers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with Kyle Manzardo’s three-run homer to right field with no outs in the inning, giving Columbus the lead at starter Andrew. Hoffmann, a lead they had the rest of the day.


Columbus another run in the first after Hoffmann loaded with one out, a sacrifice fly plated another run to add to the Clipper lead in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning, another Clipper home run, a solo shot by Angel Martinez extended Omaha’s deficit to 5-0.

Omaha’s bullpen had to combine for seven innings as Hoffmann lasted just two and the effort started with lefty Austin Cox entering the game in the bottom of the third inning and striking out first his 1-2-3 inning of the season, the first of two scoreless innings.

The Chasers got on the board in the top of the fourth inning and cut the Clippers’ lead to 5-1 when Tyler Gentry reached on a fielder’s choice, then advanced to third on a Drew Waters double to prepare Ryan Fitzgerald for a sacrifice fly. that Gentry plate to bring Omaha to four.

In the top of the fifth inning, John Rave drew a walk, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch, then Nick Pratto doubled off Rave to make it 5- 2 at the end of five innings and bring Omaha within the limit. Three.

After Cox’s two scoreless innings, right-hander John McMillon replaced him in the bottom of the fifth. With two runners on and no outs, McMillon allowed a three-run homer to left field as the Clippers pushed the lead back to 8-2, a batter that arrived when the last Columbus reached base in the remainder of the -noons.

Omaha answered back in the top of the sixth inning when Waters drew a walk to reach base for the third time of the day, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a throwing error Fitzgerald singled in Waters for an 8-3 score that would have been the final score.

After allowing the home run, McMillon retired his next six in a row to work the bottom of the sixth inning.

Right-handed reliever Noah Murdock took the reins in the bottom of the seventh inning and threw his third 1-2-3 inning of the season, his sixth Omaha scoreless outing in as many appearances with the Storm Chasers. After one inning, Murdock was replaced by newly acquired Jesus Tinoco in the bottom of the eighth as he threw a 1-2-3 inning in his Chasers debut, combining with McMillon and Murdock to retires the last 12 Columbus batters.

The Chasers had one more opportunity in the top of the ninth inning as Devanney led off the inning with a walk to reach base, but that was all the offense could muster in the frame, Omaha falling 8-3 to even the series at one win apiece. every.

The Storm Chasers continue this week’s series against the Clippers with a doubleheader on Friday, June 28, as first pitch for game one is set for 4:05 PM CT and right-handed pitcher Jonathan Bowlan is slated to start for Omaha in game one. Then, game two of the doubleheader will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one, when righty Chandler Champlain takes the mound for Omaha.

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