Chasers end three-game skid with 8-2 ​​victory sounds

Omaha Storm Chasers

April 20, 2024 – International League (IL)
Omaha Storm Chasers news story

NASHVILLE, TENN. – The insurance in the eighth inning gave the Omaha Storm Chasers an 8-2 victory over Nashville Sounds on Saturday night at First Horizon Park, ending the team’s three-game losing streak.

It didn’t take long for the Chasers to open the scoreboard as leadoff hitter John Rave crushed a leadoff home run to center field three pitches into the game for a 1-0 Omaha lead. Logan Porter singled up the middle to keep the inning going, extending his hitting streak to eight games, but was stranded on base on a strikeout.

In the top of the fourth inning, as Porter reached on a fielding error, former Sound Cam Devanney hit his third home run of the year to left field to extend Omaha’s lead to 3–0.

Storm Chasers starter Jonathan Bowlan turned in another strong performance that night as he earned his third straight win, allowing just two runs in 5.0 innings with five strikeouts. After Omaha fell 3-0, Nashville added runs in the fourth and fifth inning as Eric Haase and Francisco Mejia drove in a pair of runs on a single and a double to cut the score 3-2 in favor of the Chasers.

Omaha answered right back when CJ Alexander added an insurance run on his fifth long ball of the season to push the lead to 4-2 in the top of the sixth inning. Alexander went 2-of-4 on the night, his sixth multi-hit game of the season in the win.

With the Chasers up by two runs, John McMillon entered the game for Bowlan in the bottom of the sixth inning, but struggled to get out of the frame as he walked three but got two outs. Porter caught former Chaser Brewer Hicklen trying to steal third base, then McMillon got a flyout before being replaced by Evan Sisk, who got the final out of the inning when Rave made a sliding catch down the line to make a to end the frame.

Omaha put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth inning and added a four-run insurance policy to the scoreboard. Alexander drove in his second that night when he singled to left field, driving home Drew Waters to make it 5-2. After Alexander’s single and Porter’s walk, Tyler Gentry extended the lead to 8-2 when he threw a 3-run shot to left field, his first home run of the year.

Sisk retired all four batters he faced, with two strikeouts in 1.1 scoreless innings, before Will Klein took the mound for the bottom of the eighth inning and retired all six batters he faced, with two strikeouts in 2.0 scoreless innings. Between McMillon, Sisk and Klein, the last 11 Nashville hitters were retired in a row, as the Sounds managed just four hits in the game.

The Storm Chasers look for a series split, closing out the week in Nashville on Sunday at First Horizon Park with a first pitch of 2:05 PM CT.

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