Royals prospect Samir Duenez launched a 414-foot, two-run home run in his Triple-A debut Thursday.
Unfortunately for Omaha, it came when the home team was already down by four runs at Werner Park.
Jamie Ritchie and Alex De Goti hit back-to-back solo home runs in the second inning, and Astros prospect Kyle Tucker added a two-run shot in the fifth, as first-place Round Rock topped the Storm Chasers 8-6.
Both teams scored in each of the first three innings of a game that lasted 3 hours, 31 minutes.
Jorge Bonifacio had a pair of run- scoring doubles early for Omaha, which trailed 5-4 after three. Tucker, one of the top prospects in the minors, then padded the lead with a two-run blast off Brian Flynn.
Round Rock tacked on a run in the next inning, then had its 8-4 cut in half when Duenez went deep. The first baseman was promoted to Omaha for the first time after Frank Schwindel went on the injured list.
The Chasers loaded the bases in the eighth, thanks to two Express errors. Reliever Brady Rodgers got out of trouble, however, by getting Nicky Lopez to foul out to third.
Josh Staumont (0-2) suffered the loss for Omaha by allowing two unearned runs in the first. Rodgers improved to 4-0 for Round Rock.
The teams wrap up their four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Forrest Whitley, the top pitching prospect in baseball, is scheduled to start for Round Rock, while former Royals first-round draft pick Kyle Zimmer opens for Omaha. Eight-time MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry is slated to appear at Werner Park.
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Omaha Storm Chasers' pitching coach Andy Hawkins throws pitches during batting practice in his Omaha Potholes jersey. The Omaha Storm Chasers played the Memphis Redbirds at Werner Park.
Players for the Omaha Storm Chasers chat in the outfield during batting practice while wearing their Omaha Potholes jerseys.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Erick Mejia fields balls in his Omaha Potholes jersey during batting practice.
Omaha Storm Chasers' pitching coach Andy Hawkins watches batting practice in his Omaha Potholes jersey.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Elier Hernandez walks to the dugout in his Omaha Potholes jersey after finishing with batting practice.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Cheslor Cuthbert walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' catcher Nick Dini catches a pop fly for an out in the first inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Erick Mejia connects for a single that drives in a run in the ninth inning.
The Omaha Storm Chasers sold Omaha Potholes T-shirts. The team played as the Omaha Potholes and took batting practice in Omaha Pothole jerseys.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Nicky Lopez, top, tags out Memphis Redbirds' Johan Mieses as he attempts to steal second base in the third inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Zach Lovvorn throws a pitch in the first inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Kelvin Gutierrez, right, steals second base as Memphis Redbirds' Max Schrock is late with the tag in the third inning.
Heidi Foland and her dog, Breesy, attend the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game. Foland sported her Omaha Potholes shirt during the game. The team played one night as the Omaha Potholes. Foland's dog is named after NFL quarterback Drew Brees.
Kayla Thege, left, and Mark Batt hangout with their dog, Maia, during the Storm Chasers baseball game.