PAPILLION, Neb. - The Omaha Storm Chasers and Iowa Cubs split Thursday's doubleheader at Werner Park as the Cubs beat the Chasers, 4-1 in game number one. Southpaw Mike Montgomery (3-2) ensured a victory for the good guys in game two as he held the I-Cubs to just one run over two hits for the complete game victory.
Sean O'Sullivan (4-4) was hit with the loss in game one after tossing 6.1 innings of three-run ball. Yuniesky Betancourt had quite a day at the plate, collecting three hits in four at-bats.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, the Chasers (32-23) plated their only run of the contest on a Clint Robinson RBI single to score Derrick Robinson, who had singled, three batters earlier.
The Cubs (25-28) scratched out another run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead and put Omaha away for good.
Thanks to Montgomery's masterful two-hit performance on the mound and an offensive outburst put forth by the home team, game two of the twin-bill could not have been any more different than game one.
Seven Storm Chasers contributed offensively with atleast one hit and Wil Myers lead the charge with three hits and four runs batted in, including a three-run shot in the second inning.
A Tony Abreu RBI double in the first inning of game two drew first blood and put Omaha ahead, 1-0. The Chasers broke away from Iowa in the second as David Lough led-off the inning with a double. Lough advanced to third on a ground out by Kevin Kouzmanoff and scored on a home run hit by Kurt Mertins. Cody Clark reached on a bunt-single and Anthony Seratelli singled to right to set up Myers for his three-run jack.
Things remained still at 6-0 until Iowa's first hit and run of the game came on a one-out solo shot in the sixth inning. Montgomery proceeded to load the bases after the homer by issuing two free passes and yielding a single but recorded a punch out and a fly out to wiggle his way out of trouble.
The Storm Chasers broke through for four runs in the home half of the sixth as D. Robinson and Seratelli each worked bases-loaded walks, Myers singled to left and C. Robinson hit a sacrifice fly to hand Omaha a commanding 10-1 lead.
The Storm Chasers and I-Cubs will tangle in the series finale on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Friday's game will feature post-game fireworks by American Family Insurance. Post-game fireworks are proudly presented by American Family Insurance, KETV, 1620 The Zone and The Reader. Friday's game against Iowa can be heard locally on AM 1180 and online at omahastormchasers.com.