Storm Chasers first baseman Ryan O’Hearn smashed a go-ahead three-run homer, southpaw Foster Griffinearned his seventh victory and lefty reliever Richard Lovelady notched his third save in Omaha’s 4-3 win over the San Antonio Missions on Friday evening at Werner Park.
After San Antonio struck first on C David Freitas ‘ RBI single, the Storm Chasers evened the contest one frame later courtesy of RF Brett Phillips ‘ run-scoring knock to right. O’Hearn would then give Omaha its first and only lead by bashing an opposite field three-run shot to left.
The Missions would narrow the deficit to the slimmest of margins with a two-spot in the fifth, however the relief trio of Gabe Speier (1.2 IP, 2 K), Jake Newberry (1.1 IP, 3 H, BB) and Richard Lovelady (1.0 IP, H, 3 K) combined for the final four scoreless frames to keep Omaha out in front.
That triumvirate of relievers supported Griffin (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K), who earned his team-best seventh victory of the season, while Lovelady notched his third save. Missions starter Bubba Derby (5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) suffered the defeat.
Storm Chasers C Xavier Fernandez (2-3, 2B, BB) posted a multi-hit effort, while Freitas (2-5, 2 RBI), CF CorySpangenberg (2-4, 2B, BB) and 3B Tyler Saladino (2-3, 2 BB) all tallied two knocks. Omaha SS JeckssonFlores did not record a hit in four at-bats, snapping his hit streak at 12 games.
The Storm Chasers and Missions are anticipated to continue their series on Saturday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm CT. Omaha’s pitcher has not yet been determined, while San Antonio is expected to give the ball to RHP Aaron Wilkerson (6-1, 1.79).