Max Ramirez delivered a pinch-hit single that scored Anthony Seratelli, who had drawn a lead off free pass, to get the game tied at three in the top half of the eighth. It was the Storm Chasers first successful pinch-hit at-bat of the year.
Francisley Bueno took over on the hill for starter Will Smith in the bottom of the decisive frame and yielded a one-out double to Matt Tolbert that was followed by Adduci's base hit to left field that put Iowa ahead to stay. Alfredo Amezaga then provided a much-needed insurance marker with a two-out double that plated Adduci and improved the Cubs record to 18-21 in one-run games.
Lorenzo Cain doubled with one out in the ninth and scored on a Tony Abreu double with two outs that trimmed the lead to one before Seratelli flied out to end the game. Jeff Beliveau blew a save chance but wound up with the win despite allowing a pair of runs on four hits over his two innings of relief work.
Amezaga, who knocked in the winning run in the 11th inning Friday night, started the home first with a double and came in to score when Dave Sappelt followed with a single against Smith, who had not given up an earned run over his two prior starts covering 13 2/3 innings. Sappelt added another run-scoring hit in the second that extended the hosts advantage to 2-0.
The Storm Chasers got a run back in the third when Chris Getz reached on an error, moved to third on a Johnny Giavotella double and scored on a Cain sacrifice fly. The run was Omaha's only dent in three innings against Esmailin Caridad, a late replacement for scheduled starter Chris Rusin. The right-hander gave up two hits, walked three and recorded one strikeout before being replaced by Ryan Rowland-Smith.
The visitors used two singles and a walk to load the bases for Cody Clark, who delivered a sacrifice fly that chased home Seratelli with the tying run in the fourth. Rowland-Smith worked four innings, allowing a run on three hits while working around four walks and striking out three but was not involved in the decision.
Smith struck out Adduci and Brian Esposito with runners at second and third base and one out in the sixth to keep the game deadlocked at two but wasn't able to escape damage in the seventh. Josh Vitters doubled to drive in Amezaga to put Iowa back in the lead at 3-2. The 22-year-old southpaw was charged with three runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out seven and also did not factor into the decision.
The series and first half of the season wraps up Sunday afternoon with Omaha left-hander Mike Montgomery taking the mound against Iowa right-hander Randy Wells. Coverage of the game gets underway at 12:45 pm and can be heard locally on 1180 Zone Two, The Deuce and online at omahastormchasers.com.