The Omaha Storm Chasers (59-60) dropped the opener in a battle of first place teams, after a late two-run homer by Sacramento River Cats (65-54) center fielder Shane Peterson handed Omaha a 6-4 loss and moved their record below .500 once again.
Right-hander Felipe Paulino made his first ever appearance for the Omaha Storm Chasers as part of his Major League rehab assignment, and in three innings of work allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Paulino loaded the bases in the third inning with no outs on a leadoff walk and a pair of base hits, and all three runners came in to score with the final two being plated on a two-out error by the Chasers. Paulino has pitched 11.0 innings in three starts across Northwest Arkansas and Omaha, allowing six runs and totaling 12 strikeouts.
The Storm Chasers will look to rebound in the second game of the series as they send out hard-throwing right-hander Yordano Ventura (3-3, 4.07), who has allowed only one run in six of his ten appearances for Omaha this season. Ventura will face off right River Cats left-hander Andrew Werner (10-12, 5.99) with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
Story courtesy of Omaha Storm Chasers.