Omaha first baseman Ryan O’Hearn smashed two home runs and was joined by shortstop Jecksson Flores and center fielder Brett Phillips in driving in three runs as Flores lofted a game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth to score Phillips and give the Storm Chasers an 11-10 walk-off victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday night at Werner Park.
After the Baby Cakes jumped ahead to an early 4-0 lead, Omaha countered with a four-run second frame highlighted by O’Hearn’s first homer, a solo shot, as well as C Nick Dini ‘s solo shot and Flores’ RBI single. New Orleans would then go ahead with a single tally in the fourth, however O’Hearn helped put the Storm Chasers back in front with a two-run blast, in addition to Dini’s sacrifice fly, to put Omaha ahead 10-6.
The Baby Cakes would then narrow their deficit to one with a trio of tallies in the seventh before drawing the contest even at 10-10 in the eighth to set up the Storm Chasers’ ninth-inning heroics. Phillips reached via a leadoff walk, stole second and then took third on an error, before coming across on Flores’ sacrifice fly to right to give Omaha the 11-10 victory.
The two teams totaled 21 runs and 32 hits in the high-octane affair, including a combined eight longballs. O’Hearn (3-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI), Flores (2-4, 3 RBI, BB), Phillips (2-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB), 3B Kelvin Gutierrez (2-5, 2 R, 3B) and 2B Chase a’Arnaud (2-4, BB) all recorded multi-hit efforts for the Storm Chasers. New Orleans RF Gabriel Guerrero (3-5, R, HR, 2 RBI) collected three knocks while six other batters tallied two knocks apiece.
Omaha reliever Kyle Zimmer (1.1 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) earned the win, while Baby Cakes righty Jake Brigham (1.2 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 3 K) suffered the defeat.
The two teams are set to complete their four-game series on Thursday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm CT at Werner Park.