Omaha took Game 1 of their Pacific Coast League divisional series over Albuquerque, 8-4. A three-run homerun by Wil Myers in the bottom of the first inning got the scoring started for the Storm Chasers. He went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks
Jake Odorizzi picked up the win, as he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven. The three runs allowed came via the long ball.
Despite the outburst of runs for the Storm Chasers, they went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They scored in just three innings. Anthony Seratelli and Rey Navarro each collected two hits in the win.
Game 2 will be played on Thursday night in Omaha before the two teams take the best-of-five series to Albuquerque.
Wilmington lost Game 1 of their Carolina League divisional series to Lynchburg, 8-0. The game didn’t get out of hand until the final two innings when the Hillcats scored six runs off the Blue Rocks bullpen.
Brooks Pounders took the loss, despite pitching fairly well. He allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He wasn’t helped out by his offense, which collected just three hits off Hillcats starter Gus Schlosser. Schlosser was dominant over an aggressive Blue Rocks lineup. He walked just one while striking out six over eight scoreless innings.
The Hillcats were also an aggressive team, but they made the most of their aggressiveness by hitting the ball on the ground. Twelve times the Hillcats saw just one pitch in an at-bat. They had quite a few bloop singles and infield hits.
Check out Blue Rocks manager Vance Wilson talking after the game: