Jake Odorizzi tossed five shutout frames while Mitch Maier contributed three hits and two runs batted in to lead Omaha to a 6-2 decision over Memphis Wednesday night in the third of four meetings at AutoZone Park.
The Storm Chasers claimed their fourth win in five games to improve to 82-57 overall and 8-7 against the Redbirds.
The visitors tallied first in the third inning when Maier singled home Jason Bourgeois and then scored on a Max Ramirez double. Memphis starter John Gast blanked the Storm Chasers on two singles over the next three frames to finish his six-inning performance, but was handed the loss after allowing seven hits and striking out two.
A single by Vance Albitz with one out in the fifth was the only hit allowed by Odorizzi, who did battle his control to the tune of five walks, but he was able to get away unscathed by striking out six and getting two ground ball double plays turned behind him.
The right-hander earned his 11th win at the Triple-A level and was followed by Brandon Sisk, who worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth by fanning Albitz to keep it a 2-0 game. The momentum swing carried over into the next half inning as the Chasers were able to put the game out of reach against the worst hitting team in the league.
Jess Todd took over for Gast and was greeted rudely when David Lough opened the seventh with a single and moved to third on a Bourgeois double with one out. Adam Moore then chopped a single into left field to score both runners to double the Omaha advantage. After an Irving Falu single, Maier followed with another base hit to deliver Moore to extend the margin to five.
Falu walked with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth to force in a run to make it a 6-0 game before the hosts finally got on the board in the bottom of the frame on a Brock Peterson solo home run off Tommy Hottovy.
The final run of the night came in the bottom of the ninth when Lance Berkman, playing in his fifth game with the Redbirds on a rehab assignment, doubled off of Roman Colon to drive in Albitz.