OMAHA, Neb. - A near-capacity crowd of 8,276 showed up to Werner Park on Sunday evening and saw the Omaha Storm Chasers soundly defeated by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 10-3. The turnout for Sunday's game was the fourth-highest attendance for a contest at Werner Park this season. Irving Falu provided most of the punch offensively with his three-for-four performance at the plate and his two runs driven in but it was not enough to keep the Chasers from losing their third game in a row. With the loss, the Chasers' magic number to clinch their second-consecutive division crown is still at 14 games.
Chris Dwyer (2-3) was hit hard for his third Triple-A loss of the season as he gave up seven runs (six earned) over five hits in 4.2 innings on the mound. Blaine Hardy worked 2.1 innings in relief of Dwyer and allowed three runs. Brandon Sisk hurled in the eighth and Donnie Joseph tossed the ninth inning and neither allowed a run.
Colorado Springs (61-55) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first but Omaha (68-48) retaliated in the bottom of the second to gain a one-run advantage. Max Ramirez started the inning and reached base on an error by the Sky Sox' shortstop and advanced to third on a single by David Lough. A sacrifice fly by Mitch Maier scored Ramirez while Falu drove in Lough two batters later.
The Sky Sox jumped ahead 3-2 after plating two in the fourth. The Chasers allowed Colorado Springs to blow the game open in the fifth when the visitors exploded for five runs. The biggest blow of the inning was a two-run double off of Hardy.
The Sky Sox extended their lead to 10-1 after tallying two in the seventh but the Storm Chasers were able to scratch out a run in the home half of the inning when an Anthony Seratelli double was followed up by an RBI triple by Falu. The three-bagger was Falu's second of the year. Unfortunately, that was all the good guys could muster as they were held off of the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Omaha will attempt to snap their three-game skid as they take on Colorado Springs on Monday at 7:05. Head out to Werner Park on Monday for your very own Alex Gordon Gold Glove Garden Gnome giveaway presented by Principal Financial Dreams Tour. The first 1,500 fans to enter the ballpark will get this one-of-a-kind collector's item. Plus, it's $1 Hebrew National Hot Dog night presented by Rotella's. It is also the second of two Library Days where kids can bring their Library Voucher to the ticket office in exchange for a free McDonald's grass berm ticket. The Alex Gordon Gold Glove Garden Gnome giveaway, $1.00 hot dogs and Library Day are brought to you by Principal Financial Group, Rotella's and 89.7 The River. 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.