ROUND ROCK, TX (July 3, 2019) – Centerfielder Bubba Starlingcame out slugging, tallying five runs batted in off of two home runs, the second of which was a grand slam to put the Chasers up by seven runs in the fifth inning at Dell Diamond.
Starling (2-5, 2 R, 2 H, 5 RBI, 2 HR) was not the only one seeing the ball well off of the Express starter, RHP Akeem Bostick (5.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, 4 HR). In his first at bat, 1B Ryan O’Hearn (2-4, 3 R, 2 H, 3 RBI, 2 HR) launched a solo shot to right center and then a two-run drive over the wall in left his next time at the plate. Bubba was the other fist in the one-two punch, likewise going yard in his first attempt before dealing a huge blow with a four-run slam to left field. No other Chaser recorded an RBI, but RF Brett Phillips (1-4, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB) added to the scoreboard by getting on base twice. Round Rock’s offense came later in the shootout, as 1B Taylor Jones narrowed Omaha’s lead with a three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth. A pair of doubles in the bottom of the sixth by C Jamie Ritchie (2-5, 2 R, 2 H, 1 RBI) and LF Chas McCormick (2-5, 1 R, 2 H, 3 RBI, 1 HR) put the home team within one run of the visiting Storm Chasers. McCormick eventually tied the game in the bottom of the 8th with a solo homer to left center.
LHP Foster Griffin (0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) left after only two thirds of an inning due to comebacker hitting him in the leg and being pulled out for observation. Five other Storm Chasers pitchers came in for relief during the game, including newly-promoted RHP Yunior Marte (1.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) who gave up six of Round Rock’s nine runs. Round Rock’s starting pitcher, Bostick, was responsible for all of their runs, while the relievers only allowed one hit between them.
Omaha returns to Werner Park on Thursday July 4 to start a four-game set with the Nashville Sounds, with that night’s series opener featuring the “Biggest Fireworks in the Omaha Metro” as part of the 51st Annual First National Bank Independence Fireworks Spectacular. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.