Big sixth leads Storm Chasers over Red Wings
By: Zach Harnischfeger
ROCHESTER, N.Y.– The Omaha Storm Chasers picked up their third win in a row after defeating the Rochester Red Wings 4-2. Omaha starting pitcher Anthony Veneziano hurled five innings, allowing two hits and striking out three batters to lead the Storm Chasers to the win.
The Red Wings were unable to get anything going offensively, only earning three hits and leaving nine men on base.
"We just didn't get our pitch to hit in those situations. We didn't execute and it's not lack of game planning because we gameplan everyday. It's up to the players to execute and get that good pitch and tonight we just didn't do it enough. When you go 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position it's hard to win," Red Wings manager Matthew LeCroy said.
After three scoreless innings, the Storm Chasers would strike first after a solo homerun by centerfielder Kyle Isbel.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Red Wings were finally able to scratch across a run. Jake Noll reached on a throwing error by Storm Chasers third basemen Jermaine Palacios and Erick Mejia doubled to put runners on second and third with one out. Noll would score on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Alex Call to tie the game at one apiece. In the top of the sixth inning, the Storm Chasers got things rolling.
Outfielder Tucker Bradley led off the inning with a single and designated hitter Brewer Hicklen was hit by a pitch that put runners on first and second with no outs. Kyle Isbel drove in Bradley with a base hit, his second RBI of the game, to make it a 2-1 game. After a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Gentry, catcher Logan Porter singled and drove in Hicklen to make it 3-1. A throwing error by pitcher Joan Adon on a pickoff attempt allowed Omaha to score their fourth and final run of the game.
The Red Wings did not go down quietly in the ninth. After a leadoff triple by catcher Drew Millas, shortstop Jordy Barley scored Millas on a groundout to third.
Jordy Barley went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the game. (Photo: Rochester Red Wings/ Ethan Bissinger)
The Red Wings (33-38) will be back in action tomorrow night, June 24, when they take on the Omaha Storm Chasers (37-33) for game five of a six game series. It will be Anthony Banda (0-0, 7.29) getting the start for Rochester.