Omaha lost their finale in Albuquerque, 3-2. The Isotopes broke the tie with a single run in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Storm Chasers did not collect a hit off the Isotopes bullpen after the 7th inning (that was their only hit after the second).
Omaha took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning via three walks, a wild pitch, and two singles. Their outs came via three strikeouts.
Ryan Verdugo got the start and allowed two unearned runs on four hits and three walks over just four innings. He struck out six. Dan Wheeler took the loss, as he allowed one run on two hits over 1.1 innings. Lefty Everett Teaford entered with the go ahead run on base and allowed it to score.
The Storm Chasers head home for their home opener on Friday night.
In the top of the 8th inning, the Naturals retook the lead. With runners on second and third base and one out, Rey Navarro doubled in two. After a pitching change, Mitch Canham hit a two-run homerun to give the Naturals the 6-5 lead.
Midland scored five runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to chase Naturals starter Jason Adam from the game. In that inning, Adam allowed two singles, an RBI double, a wild pitch, and an RBI fielder’s choice. Nick Rogers entered and allowed two more runs to score. Overall, Adam allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over just 3.1 innings. He struck out three, but threw 74 pitches. His ERA ballooned to 13.50.
On offense for the Naturals, Orlando Calixte went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Canham went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Wilmington enjoyed an off day and will play their home opener on Friday night against Frederick. Kyle Zimmer is expected to get the start, though rain is in the forecast for the entire day.
Lexington and Greenville were postponed due to rain (which is wreaking havoc across the country). The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday.