Storm Chasin’: Weekend recap

Storm Chasin

Heather Avi HeaderThe Omaha Storm Chasers will have a chance to split its series with the Iowa Cubs Monday morning. The Chasers’ ninth-inning rally fell short Sunday afternoon in a 6-5 loss. Iowa Cubs right-hander, Ryan Williams, dominated in eight innings, retiring 19 0f the 22 batters he faced.

The Storm Chasers were handed a crippling 13-7 loss Friday evening — in front of a sellout crowd — but bounced back with a 5-4 win Saturday evening. Newly promoted, Hunter Dozier, made his Storm Chasers debut on Saturday. The third baseman drove in two runs in the first inning. Dozier batted .308 at Double-A Northwest Arkansas before being transferred to Omaha. He was the 8th overall pick of the 2013 MLB draft.

Dozier replaced the spot of Cheslor Cuthbert, who was recalled by the Kansas City Royals. The 23-year-old appeared in 24 games for the Chasers and was easily one of the team’s top hitters. Cuthbert batted .333 with seven home-runs and 28 RBIs. Cuthbert entered the 2016 season as Kansas City’s 10th best prospect. It’s no wonder why he’s already made a Major League appearance after one month of play.

Cuthbert will fill in for Mike Moustakas while he’s on the 15-day disabled list (thumb), but there’s reason to believe that he’ll see extended playing time following his hot start in Triple-A. The Royals could really use this sort of boost, especially if Cuthbert’s hot streak continues. Cuthbert made back-to-back starts this weekend in Cleveland, which leads me to believe he’s the primary option to cover third (Christian Colon could also fill this role.)

The I-Cubs and Storm Chasers close out their series Monday. Jonathan Dziedzic (1-2, 2.49) will pitch for Omaha, while Jake Buchanan (1-1, 4.41) will make the start for Iowa in the series finale. First pitch at Werner Park is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. Omaha will continue its home stand with a four-game series with the Memphis Redbirds.

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