The Storm Chasers (32-28) took the series opener from the Oklahoma City RedHawks (32-29) by a score of 6-3, their sixth win in nine meetings with the division rival. Combined with an Iowa Cubs loss to Colorado Springs in Des Moines, the Storm Chasers are now in first place in the American North Division for the first time this season.
The Omaha offense pounded out three home runs in the first four innings against RedHawks starter Brett Oberholtzer, including two-out homers in the first inning by Justin Maxwell and in the second inning by Matt Fields. Maxwell and Fields both added RBI hits later in the game, also with two outs, to fend off a RedHawks comeback attempt. Fields has the second most RBI on the Chasers with 28 on the year, while Maxwell has 10 RBI in 12 games with Omaha.
Omaha starter Aaron Brooks turned in another solid start at Werner Park, with 5.2 innings of two-run ball for his team leading fifth win of the season. Brooks has allowed only seven total runs in 27.2 innings at home this year (2.28 ERA), and has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last six starts for Omaha. In the last 14 games, Storm Chasers starters have not allowed more than two runs in any outing and the team has posted an 11-3 record during that span.
Casey Coleman worked out of a bases-loaded jam that Brooks left him in the sixth to preserve the lead and Omaha closer Spencer Patton closed out the final 1.2 innings to earn his team-leading 12th save of the year, which is tied the league lead with Nashville’s Donovan Hand. Patton has converted all 12 save opportunities this season, and has total has already eclipsed Omaha’s save leader from all of last season (Michael Mariot with 11 saves in 2013).
The Storm Chasers will look to keep their division lead as they send out LHP John Lamb (2-5, 4.06 ERA), who has allowed three total runs in his last three starts. Lamb will face off with RedHawks RHP David Martinez (5-3, 4.22 ERA), with first pitch on 1180 Zone 2 The Deuce and MiLB.TV scheduled for 7:05 p.m.