OMAHA, Neb. - The Omaha Storm Chasers dropped a wild one to the Iowa Cubs on Thursday night, 12-11. Tony Abreu and Max Ramirez each plated a couple in the loss. Jeremy Jeffress was handed the loss after allowing four runs to score in his single inning on the hill.
Left-hander Doug Davis started for the Chasers (56-36) and was roughed up to the tune of six runs over his 5.0 innings on the mound. Brandon Sisk came out of the bullpen in relief of Davis and gave up two runs, which were his first runs given up in 14 innings. Jeffress was then summoned to pitch and gave up four runs while Francisley Bueno tossed the final two frames and walked two, punched out three and did not allow a run to score.
Iowa (39-53) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one but the Storm Chasers cut into it in the second when Anthony Seratelli scored after reaching on a fielder's choice, advancing to third on an errant pickoff throw and coming home on a David Lough groundout.
Omaha looked to have blown things wide open with a six-run third inning with the biggest blows coming on a two-run single by Abreu and a throwing error by the I-Cubs shortstop that allowed Johnny Giavotella and Abreu to score. The other two runs were tallied on a Seratelli RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Derrick Robinson.
Iowa put up four runs in the fifth to trim the Chasers lead to 7-6 and eventually tied the ballgame in the sixth on a solo home run.
The good guys were not scared and broke away from the I-Cubs by scoring two in the sixth when Wil Myers, who had been given the night off, was summoned from the bench in the bottom of the sixth to pinch-hit and he delivered with a single that brought home two.
Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for Omaha in the seventh as Iowa struck for five runs to take a 12-9 lead. The Chasers tried valiantly to fight back, scoring two in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a sac fly by Ramirez and a passed ball that allowed Robinson to scurry home but it was not enough as the Storm Chasers fell by a final of 12-11.
Omaha and Iowa will do battle on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Werner Park. Tomorrow's game will feature American Family Insurance Post-Game Fireworks. 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 in action.