OMAHA, Neb. - The Omaha Storm Chasers won a see-saw battle on Saturday night, erasing a three-run first inning deficit and then breaking loose of a 7-7 tie to top the Albuquerque Isotopes, 8-7, at Werner Park. Rehabbing Kansas City Royal, Chris Getz, knocked in two runs as did catcher Cody Clark. Louis Coleman struck out six of seven batters in the final 3.1 innings to earn the save.
Starting pitcher Nate Adcock struggled through three innings and allowed seven runs, all earned, on eight hits. Reliever Blaine Hardy had issues with command in his 2.2 innings in relief of Coleman and walked four batters but was credited with his third win of the season.
Adcock and the Chasers (52-31) were tagged for three runs in the first when Albuquerque's (47-36) Jerry Sands laced a run-scoring double to left-center field that was followed by a two-run double by Luis Cruz.
Omaha did not wait long to start a comeback and posted two runs in the home half of the first when Wil Myers singled and scored on a double by Clint Robinson. Robinson then dashed home on an RBI single to left field by Tony Abreu.
The Storm Chasers struck for two more runs in the second when designated hitter Max Ramirez hit a one-out solo shot to tie the game at 3-3. Clark then garnered himself a hit with a bunt single down the left field line and moved to second on a groundout by left fielder Derrick Robinson. Getz slashed a single to left-center to bring home Clark and put the good guys ahead, 4-3. The Chasers extended their lead to 7-3 in the third when Abreu singled to right and dashed to third on a throwing error by the Isotopes shortstop who was fielding a ball hit by David Lough. The next batter, Anthony Seratelli, reached on an error by Albuquerque's second baseman. That error scored Abreu and pushed Lough to second. RBI singles by Clark and Getz scored Lough and Seratelli respectively.
The Isotopes tied things up at 7-7 with a four-run fourth inning that saw the first run score on four consecutive singles. A Trent Oeltjen double cleared the bases and brought three home to round out the scoring for Albuquerque.
Seratelli started the fifth with a strike out but the ball got away from the catcher and Seratelli was able to reach first safely. From there, he stole second, advanced to third on a fly out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Clark to score the game's go-ahead run.
The Storm Chasers will take on the Isotopes on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday's contest is jam-packed with fun-filled promotions including the Woodhouse and US Bank Family FUNday, Canned Food Sunday presented by Sam's Club where fans can bring in a canned/non-perishable food item and receive one free McDonald's Berm ticket. Sunday will also showcase Clowns & Face Painters thanks to Fat Brain. If that isn't enough for you, thanks to the National Honey Board, if you bring in a receipt that shows you purchased honey, you can get a special buy one ticket, get one free deal or you can save 10% on merchandise in the Storm Front Gift Shop. The ticket offer is only good at the Werner Park Ticket Office. Be sure to tune in locally on 1180 The Zone 2 - The Deuce and online at omahastormchasers.com to listen to your Omaha Storm Chasers do battle against the Isotopes.