Birds Rally in 9th to Drop Chasers

The Omaha Storm Chasers (3-3) entered the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead, but the Memphis Redbirds (4-2) rallied for six runs in the final frame to halt the Chasers three-game winning streak. It was the first game of the season for Omaha that was not decided by two runs or less.

The six runs the Redbirds scored in a disastrous ninth inning was the most allowed by Omaha in an inning this season. The St. Louis affiliate capitalized on two Storm Chasers errors, a walk and a hit batter while adding a handful of hits to wind up sending 12 batters to the plate in the frame. Omaha had only allowed ten Redbirds on base in the first eight innings of the game but nine Memphis hitters reached during the rally.

Omaha right-hander P.J. Walters was solid in a spot start, going five innings and allowing three runs while racking up six strikeouts against his former team. Walters is the franchise leaders in many pitching categories for the Redbirds such as wins, starts and strikeouts during his four years in Memphis from 2008-2011. In five of the six games for Omaha this season, the starting pitchers have gone at least five innings while allowing three earned runs or less.

Outfielder Paulo Orlando, in his first ever Triple-A game in the leadoff spot in 155 career games at the level, registered three of the Storm Chasers nine hits on the night. Orlando is currently batting .500 (8-for-16) and his eight hits leads the team in the young season, already matching the eight hits he had during the entire first month of the season in 2013 in just five games. Brian Fletcher reached base in all four of his at-bats and drove in two runs tying him for the team lead at three.


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