SACRAMENTO, CA (July 26) – Frank Schwindel led a breakout night for Omaha’s offense with 3 hits and a home run, and the Storm Chasers completed a sweep of the River Cats with a 10-7 victory on Thursday night at Raleigh Field.
Omaha took advantage of sloppy Sacramento defense early, scoring 3 times in the top of the 1st. Nicky Lopez walked, Ramon Torres doubled Lopez in, and Torres went to 3rd on a flyout by Frank Schwindel. Ryan O’Hearn hit into a fielder’s choice, and Sacramento botched the rundown between 3rd and home, allowing Torres to score. Elier Hernandez then reached on an error by 3rdbaseman Ryder Jones, as O’Hearn scored to make it 3-0.
Sacramento fought back with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st; after Joe Panik singled, Mac Williamson crushed a ball to center, cutting Omaha’s lead to 3-2. Miles Schroder tied it in the bottom of the 2nd with a homer of his own, and it was 3-3.
Omaha reclaimed the lead in the top of the 5th on a Ryan O’Hearn RBI double and a Donnie DeWees RBI groundout, making it 5-3.
The Chasers then extended to a 9-3 lead in the 6th. Parker Morin doubled, Terrance Gorereached on a throwing error (allowing Morin to score), and after a Nicky Lopez single, Frank Schwindel clubbed a 3-run round-tripper.
Lopez made it 10-3 with an RBI single in the 7th; his hit followed singles from Humberto Arteagaand Parker Morin.
Jon Dziedzic (W, 5-8) tossed 6 innings for Omaha, allowing 3 runs, 6 hits, and 2 walks. He struck out 5.
Shaun Anderson (L, 0-1) was charged with 9 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits over 6 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 3.
Sacramento chipped away at Omaha’s lead in the 7th and 8th. Josh Staumont issued two walks in the 7th, and after a fielder’s choice and a stolen base, Peter Bourjos doubled home the runners to make it 10-5.
In the 8th, Staumont walked Ryder Jones, and with 2 out, he was replaced by Sam Selman . Selman was greeted by three consecutive singles by Gregor Blanco, Trevor Brown, and Orlando Calixte, slashing the lead to 10-7.
Michael Mariot (S, 1) restored order with a scoreless 9th, earning his first Omaha save of the season, and giving the Chasers three consecutive wins and a series sweep in Northern California.
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