The Omaha Storm Chasers (6-7) gave up a season high three home runs to the Round Rock Express (8-5) as they dropped the second game of series by a score of 8-2. The Texas affiliate hit all three long balls off Omaha starter John Lamb, who had allowed only three total home runs in his first five Triple-A starts.
With a strong wind out to right field, the Express took advantage as Brad Snyder and Brett Nicholas each hit homers in the second inning to that part of the park for an early 3-0 lead. After Lamb retired nine of ten batters in the third through sixth innings, Brent Lillibridge took him deep for a solo homer to right in the sixth to stretch the lead to 4-1. Round Rock has pounded out 18 homers this season, tops in the Pacific Coast League.
Storm Chasers catcher Francisco Pena provided some power for Omaha in the fifth inning on a solo homer, also to right field, for his second straight game with a round-tripper. The other offensive bright spot for Omaha was Matt Fields extending his hitting streak to a career best 13 games with a second inning single. Fields is one of two players in the PCL this season that has hit safely in all his team’s games, with Justin Bour of the New Orleans Zephyrs being the other.
The Storm Chasers attempted to come back tightening the game to 4-2 in the seventh but Round Rock blew the game open with four runs in the eighth and ninth innings, capitalizing on three walks and two errors by Omaha in the final frame for three runs. The Storm Chasers had won every April meeting in the history of Werner Park against the Express before tonight’s loss (five games prior).
Omaha will look to get back on track as they send out right-hander Sugar Ray Marimon (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who will make his first appearance at Werner Park after pitching five scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut in Nashville last Friday. Marimon will face off with Round Rock left-hander Michael Kirkman (0-0, 6.75 ERA), with first pitch on a 1180 Zone 2 The Duece and MiLB.TV set for 6:35 p.m.