OMAHA, Neb. - The Omaha Storm Chasers erased a three-run deficit to trump the Reno Aces, 6-3, on Wednesday night. Johnny Giavotella went two-for-four at the plate and knocked in a trio of runs while southpaw Doug Davis picked up his sixth win of the season after allowing three runs in six innings of work to go with his eight strikeouts. The victory shrinks the Chasers' magic number to clinch their second straight division title to 17 games as well as snapped their five-game Werner Park losing streak.
Reno (65-47) put up three runs in the third but Omaha (67-45) came charging back and scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning. A Jason Bourgeois walk was followed up by back-to-back singles by Derrick Robinson and Irving Falu to load the bases for Giavotella who drove in Bourgeois on an infield hit to the third baseman. Tony Abreu then doubled to left to plate Robinson and Falu while a Wil Myers groundout brought home Giavotella to give the Storm Chasers a 4-3 advantage. Abreu's double was his team-high 36th two-bagger of the season.
Bourgeois led-off the bottom of the fourth with a single to right and was moved to second on a single by Robinson. A sacrifice bunt by Falu advanced the runners to second and third while Giavotella brought Bourgeois and Robinson home on a single to left, to extend the Chasers lead to 6-3.
Roman Colon worked a scoreless seventh and eighth while Vin Mazzaro worked the ninth without yielding a run to earn his fourth save of 2012.
The Storm Chasers and the Reno Aces will lock up in game two of their four-game series on Thursday at 7:05. Omaha Public Power District presents Green Night and Thirsty Thursday ™. Fans will be able to view different ways to conserve power all while saving money and the environment. Fans 21 or older can enjoy $1.00 Bud Light draws and $1.00 Busch Light cans prior to the sixth inning in addition to the $1 Pepsi products that are available to everyone in the ballpark, all night. The Storm Chasers contest against the Aces will be televised regionally on Time Warner Cable and locally on Cox Communications Channel 2. Thursday's promotions are sponsored by the Omaha Public Power District, Action 3, 96.1 The Brew and The Reader. Be sure to tune in locally on the radio at 1180 The Zone 2 - The Deuce and online at omahastormchasers.com to listen to your Omaha Storm Chasers in action.