Storm Chasers southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic tossed seven solid frames, supported by relievers Kevin Lenik and Brandon Maurer , while Omaha designated hitter Frank Schwindel drove in his forty-eighth run of the season in a 2-0 shutout victory to secure a series win over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday afternoon at Werner Park.
Dziedzic (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) was excellent over his seven innings of work, yielding five hits while fanning five to earn his third victory. He continued his outstanding pitching at home as of late, combining to relinquish just two earned runs over his last four starts at Werner Park, totaling 26.0 frames.
Lenik (1.0 IP) and Maurer (1.0 IP, H, K) combined to surrender just one hit over the final two innings, with the former receiving his third hold and the latter notching his fifth save. Albuquerque starter David Holmberg (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) allowed two unearned runs in his six-plus quality frames.
Holmberg and Dzeiedzic dueled until the seventh, when Schwindel broke a scoreless tie by driving a run-scoring double to the center field wall. RF Logan Moon then brought home Schwindel via a single to center for the insurance tally.
Schwindel (2-3, R, 2B, RBI) and 3B Humberto Arteaga (2-3) each recorded multi-hit efforts, joining forces for four of Omaha's five hits. Isotopes RF Jordan Patterson (2-4, 2B) was the lone batter from his side to tally two or more knocks. Schwindel has now totaled 48 RBI this year, which leads all Kansas City Royals minor leaguers, in addition to ranking third in the Pacific Coast League.
Omaha hits the road to begin a seven-game West Coast road trip on Wednesday evening in Tacoma. First pitch against the Rainiers is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CT. RHP Heath Fillmyer (3-5, 5.87) is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers, with Tacoma's starter to be determined.
Following their road swing, Omaha returns to Werner Park on Thursday, June 21 to start a four-game homestand with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. First pitch of the series opener is set for 7:05 p.m. CT.
Tickets are still available for that game and all remaining Storm Chasers home dates in 2018, and may be purchased at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets as well as by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100. To view Ticket Office hours, please click here.
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