'Cakes avoid no-hitter in loss to Omaha

Jackson breaks up Chasers' no-hit bid in ninth inning

April 16, 2017 6:59 PM ET

Jonathan Dziedzic set down the game's first 16 batters, and the Omaha Storm Chasers carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning before settling for a one-hit shutout of the New Orleans Baby Cakes in a 7-0 win on Sunday.

Dziedzic (2-1) was perfect until Isaac Galloway reached on an error by shortstop Ramon Torres in the sixth. Dziedzic then walked Ryan Jackson before retiring the next two hitters, and was removed with two outs in the seventh after making 100 pitches.

Bobby Parnell retired all four batters he faced, but Jackson greeted Matt Strahm with a single inside the first base bag to lead off the ninth, spoiling Omaha's bid for the team's first no-hitter in 20 years. Strahm got the next three Baby Cakes in order to finish off the Storm Chasers' second one-hit shutout in four days.

Omaha capitalized on a costly New Orleans error in the second inning to take a commanding lead. Jackson's miscue with one out and the bases loaded allowed the game's first run to score, though 'Cakes starter Justin Nicolino came back to record the second out of the inning on a pop up. But Torres followed with a grand slam to clear the bases, his third long ball of the year.

Jorge Bonifacio added a two-run blast in the sixth to finish the outing for Nicolino (0-1), who was charged with seven runs - three earned - on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Severino Gonzalez, Brian Ellington and Drew Steckenrider combined for 3 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Nicolino.

Whit Merrifield had three hits for the Storm Chasers, who evened the three-game set at one win apiece.

The teams play the rubber match of the series on Monday at 11:05 a.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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