The Omaha Storm Chasers (41-33), who came in to the game with the best batting average this month in the PCL, were limited to only five hits in a 5-0 shutout loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-40). Omaha has lost four of their last five games at Werner Park.
The Isotopes put up four runs off Omaha starter Sugar Ray Marimon, including a two-run homer for Tim Federowicz for the first of his two long balls on the day. Omaha has given up five homers in the last two games, and had totaled only five home runs allowed in the previous 15 games before the pair of losses. Marimon has allowed nine runs in his last two starts at Werner Park, after he had only given up seven runs in his previous five starts in Papillion.
Dodgers No. 4 prospect Zach Lee shut down the potent Omaha offense, who had been averaging nearly 14 hits per game in the last week, to only three hits in his seven scoreless innings. Omaha had not been shut out in over a month, May 16 at Memphis, and it was only their second shutout loss at Werner Park this season.
Omaha is now 10-9 at home since the start of May, while posting a 21-10 record away from Werner Park. In the series finale tomorrow, Omaha will look to salvage a split as they send out RHP Clayton Mortensen (2-0, 0.63 ERA), who has allowed only one earned run in 22.0 innings this season. He will face off with Isotopes RHP Sam Demel (1-2, 6.41 ERA) with first pitch on 1180 Zone 2 The Deuce and MiLB.TV scheduled for 7:05 p.m.