The Omaha Storm Chasers were shut out for the first time in the 2014 season Monday night and were held to only two hits by the Nashville Sounds, tying the lowest hit total for the Omaha in the history of Werner Park. The Chasers have lost four of their last five meetings with Nashville.
The Sounds were led the Milwaukee Brewers’ number one prospect Jimmy Nelson, who tossed seven scoreless innings allowing just three Omaha base runners (two hits and a walk) while striking out nine. The right-hander has faced the Storm Chasers twice this season at Werner Park, and has only allowed five total hits and one run in 13.0 innings. Only three balls left the infield for Omaha during Nelson’s seven innings, while the Chasers were held hitless by Sounds reliever Brent Leach in the final two innings.
The two hits, by Brian Fletcher and Francisco Pena, tied the lowest amount by Omaha in Werner Park history that was first set on August 24, 2012 against the New Orleans Zephyrs. The Storm Chasers came in to the game with the second best batting average in the league at .310 and were tied for the best hits per game average in the PCL at 10.5 with Oklahoma City.
Omaha starter John Lamb suffered his fourth loss in as many starts, giving up four runs (two earned) in his shortest outing of the season at 4.1 innings. In his four starts in 2014 Lamb has only received four total runs of support, and in his seven career Triple-A starts he has received one run or less of support in five games.
The Storm Chasers will look to force a series split, and a home season series split with Nashville, as they send out right-hander Sugar Ray Marimon (1-0, 1.00 ERA) who has allowed only one run in his first two career Triple-A starts. Marimon will face off with fellow righty Hiram Burgos (1-2, 5.79 ERA), who Omaha has defeated twice already in 2014, with first pitch at 11:05 a.m.