Last night in a game heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM, Nicky Lopez hit his first major league homer in the stadium where he played college ball to help the Kansas City Royals take a 7-3 decision over the Detroit Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The Creighton product was 8-61 in his previous 15 games and sat out Wednesday's contest in Kansas City before going 2-4 in the first big league game ever played in Nebraska. Homer Bailey allowed two hits in six shutout innings. The game at TD Ameritrade Park coincided with the buildup to the College World Series, which begins Saturday. All eight CWS teams were among the sellout crowd of 25,454 and participated in a pregame ceremony with the major league teams. The Omaha game is part of a recent trend of playing Major League Baseball games in non-traditional venues. In 2016, a regular season game was played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. MLB has twice played games in Williamsport, Penn., home of the Little League World Series. International games have been played in Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico, an unincorporated United States territory. A game in London is on the docket for 2020. The Royals improve to 22-46 while the Tigers fall to 25-40. The College World Series gets underway on Saturday as Texas Tech meets Michigan at 1:00 and Arkansas plays Florida State at 6:00. In contests on Sunday, Vanderbilt faces Louisville at 1:00 and Mississippi State takes on Auburn at 6:30.