Three pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 win for the Omaha Storm Chasers (6-6) against the Round Rock Express (7-5), their first shutout victory of the 2014 season. The Omaha offense scored all six of their runs with two outs, with eight of the nine hits for the Chasers on the night coming in that situation.
Right-hander Aaron Brooks made his first career Triple-A start in the game, second Triple-A appearance, and allowed only three hits in four innings of work in a pitch count-shortened outing. Lefty relievers Justin Marks and Buddy Baumann came in after Brooks and only allowed one hit in the final five innings of the game to complete the 12th ever shutout for Omaha at Werner Park. Round Rock came into the game with the fourth best batting average in the PCL at .288.
The Storm Chasers offense used timely hitting to score all six of their runs, and got going in the second inning when a two-out Paulo Orlando single led to a two-run homer by Francisco Pena for his first long ball as a Storm Chaser. In the sixth inning Omaha scored on three straight RBI hits by Carlos Peguero, Brian Fletcher and Matt Fields to stretch the lead to 5-0. Fletcher has recorded a RBI in seven straight starts, the longest streak of RBI games in his career, while Fields’ RBI single extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. Fields is one of only two players in the PCL to hit safely in all of his team’s games (Justin Bour of New Orleans is the other).
The Storm Chasers continued their dominance over Round Rock at Werner Park, notching their 18th win in 25 contests against the Rangers top affiliate (which is the best winning percentage against any team in the league). The game was played in 2 hours and 17 minutes, the fourth shortest game in Werner Park history (the shortest game was against Round Rock in June of 2012 at 2 hours and 14 minutes).
Omaha will look to push their record above .500 tomorrow as they send out LHP John Lamb (0-2, 5.40 ERA), whose only Triple-A victory in five total starts came against the Express on the final day of the 2013 season. Lamb will face off with Round Rock righty Scott Baker (2-0, 3.75 ERA), with first pitch at 6:35 p.m.