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Kansas City Royals' Jorge Lopez pitches in the bullpen during a Major League Baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Thursday.

The ESPN audience watching the first regular-season Major League Baseball game played in Nebraska Thursday evening missed an early part of the game.

The reason: a loss of power to an ESPN truck that collected camera feeds from inside TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

A regulator that powered the ESPN TV truck failed. The issue forced crews from ESPN and the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority to execute a backup plan.

ESPN briefly used MECA’s in-house stadium feeds until the network got its own equipment working again, said Kristyna Engdahl, a MECA spokeswoman.

“ESPN’s truck lost power,” said Engdahl, a television news veteran who has worked with live trucks. “These freak things can happen sometimes.”

ESPN spokesman Michael Skarka said ESPN and MECA crews got viewers back to the game at 9:08 p.m, about 40 minutes after the outage. ESPN then used stadium cameras until 9:25 p.m. before power was fully restored.

Unfortunately, viewers missed the first big league home run by Kansas City Royals second baseman and former Creighton baseball star Nicky Lopez. Viewers instead saw short stints of several MLB games.

The Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in front of 25,454 fans.

Neither MECA nor ESPN officials said they were concerned that such technical difficulties might affect broadcasts of College World Series games at the Omaha ballpark. ESPN met with the truck provider Friday, officials said.

Texas Tech and Michigan have the tournament’s first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Initial reports of lost power inside or near the stadium were inaccurate, Omaha Public Power District officials said.

The stadium has access to backup emergency power in the event of electrical failure, said Cris Averett, an OPPD spokesman.

The equipment that feeds power to the stadium and its surrounding area is inspected each year to make sure it’s ready and reliable, he said. And OPPD keeps a contingency crew on standby during CWS games — just in case.

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