The Omaha Storm Chasers (62-48) held a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, but three runs in the final two innings by the Nashville Sounds (48-62) handed the Chasers a 5-3 loss. Combined with an Oklahoma City comeback win, and Omaha now has fallen to 5.5 games back in the division race.
Scott Alexander came on in the eighth inning having allowed just two runs in 20 appearances since late May, but the Sounds tagged the left-hander for the decisive three runs in the eighth and ninth. Ryan Roberts hit a solo homer in the eighth, his first long ball allowed by Alexander since May 21, to tie the game at 3-3. Nashville then rallied in the ninth for two runs, aided by a crucial throwing error by Francisco Pena. It was only the second home loss for Omaha when leading after seven innings this year.
The Storm Chasers got the scoring started in the game and built up a 3-0 lead, with Brett Eibner hitting a solo homer in the second for his team-leading 16th on the year and 61st RBI on the year. The round-tripper also extended his on-base streak to 26 games, the longest active streak in the league. After a two-run double by Francisco Pena in the fourth, the Chasers could not push across any more runs and stranded three runners in scoring position.
Omaha came in to the game with the best record in the league when scoring first, winning 39 of 51 games in that situation before tonight’s loss. After winning the first five contests against the last place Sounds, the Storm Chasers have now dropped four of the last six games.
Looking to rebound and tighten the division race again, the Storm Chasers will send out RHP Clayton Mortensen (7-8, 5.63 ERA) to face off with Nashville LHP Brad Mills (4-10, 3.78 ERA).