When Will Smith has taken the mound for the Storm Chasers this season, things have tended to go poorly for opposing batters.
Smith entered Friday’s start against Las Vegas second in the Pacific Coast League with a 1.85 ERA and had allowed just two earned runs in his previous 24 innings.
But Las Vegas was able to reverse that trend, getting four runs off Smith in six innings and downing the Storm Chasers 7-3 in front of 7,007 at Werner Park.
Three runs came on a third-inning homer by Josh Satin. The four runs were the most yielded by Smith in a game this season.
Despite the loss, Omaha manager Mike Jirschele said he had no concerns with Smith’s outing.
“Smith threw the ball OK,” Jirschele said. “He made one bad pitch.
“He left the ball up and in, and that hurt him. But other than that, I thought he threw pretty good.”
Smith (3-2) suffered his first loss since a 1-0 setback at Round Rock on April 4.
Omaha led off the scoring in the second inning when Adam Moore blasted a 1-1 offering from Matt Fox over the wall in left-center to give the Chasers a 1-0 lead.
Las Vegas struck back in the third on Satin’s three-run shot — his sixth homer of the season — to put the 51s up 3-1.
It was just the second homer allowed by Smith in 37 innings this season.
“I was just trying to go in and left too much of the plate,” Smith said. “He did what he was supposed to do with it.”
The Chasers evened things up in the fifth inning.
Willy Taveras, who tripled in his first at-bat, drilled his first home run of the year. Two batters later, Irving Falu tripled and was eventually driven home on a two-out single by Christian Colon to make it 3-3.
But Las Vegas got the lead back in the sixth inning when Eric Campbell singled home Satin from second with two outs to put the 51s up 4-3.
Francisley Bueno relieved Smith in the seventh, and his first pitch was launched over the left-field wall by Landon Powell to extend Las Vegas’ lead to 5-3. Wilmer Flores added a two-out RBI single later in the inning to make it 6-3.
Five of the 51s’ runs came with two outs.
“That’s just a matter of us making pitches,” Jirschele said. “We couldn’t finish guys off, and that’s where you get hurt.”
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