Omaha fans better enjoy every bit of Luke Hochevar while he’s around, because it can’t be long before he is called up to the big leagues.
Hochever threw eight innings allowing just five hits while striking out nine and finished with a 2-0 lead. However, the Memphis Redbirds strung three straight two out hits together off relievers Greg Atencio and Tim Hamulack, including Brandon Yarbrough’s game-tying single with two strikes, to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning.
Then the Redbirds got an RBI double from Nick Stavinoha in the top of the 10th to win it against Roman Colon (2-2).
The Redbirds won three of four in the series, overcoming ninth-inning deficits in the final two games thanks to the bat of Stavinoha.
How long will it be until Hochevar is pitching with AL pitcher of the month for April Zack Greinke in Kansas City? Greinke is 6-0 with a .50 ERA. Hochevar extended his scoreless innings streak to 21. The Royals wanted Hochevar to go to AAA to work on some of his pitches and it’s clear he’s ready for the next level.
Brian Bannister started down in Omaha, but since a call-up in mid-April, Bannister is 3-0 in KC.