In their first home game against a division opponent, the Omaha Storm Chasers (15-13) dropped the series opener to the first place Oklahoma City Dodgers (21-7) and fell in the division race to six games back. Three of the five meetings between the two teams have been decided by one run, and all five by two runs or less.
Storm Chasers starter Aaron Brooks was outdueled by Oklahoma City’s Zach Lee, and suffered a tough loss despite allowing just two runs over his six innings of work. The right-hander gave up only four hits for a third straight start and struck out nine, one shy of his career high, and has totaled 24 strikeouts in his last 18.0 innings. The third loss in six total appearances this year already matches his three losses in 28 appearances for the Storm Chasers last season.
The Omaha offense was held to just one hit by Lee in his five innings, and only two hits in the first seven innings both by Casey Kotchman. Lane Adams cut the deficit to 2-1 in the eighth on a two-out double, but the Chasers could not rally after getting a baserunner on in the ninth. Kotchman totaled three hits on the night, a season high for the veteran, and during a nine-game hitting streak he is batting .441 (15-for-34) with seven extra-base hits.
Looking to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time this season, Omaha will send out RHP Christian Binford (1-3, 4.76 ERA) to face off with Oklahoma City RHP Randy Fontanez (0-0, 0.00 ERA).