PAPILLION, Neb. -- First baseman Ryan McBroom blast two home runs to lift the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 4-2 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday at Werner Park. It was the second straight win for Omaha (61-46) to pull into a tie for first place with Toledo
PAPILLION, Neb. -- First baseman Ryan McBroom blast two home runs to lift the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 4-2 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday at Werner Park. It was the second straight win for Omaha (61-46) to pull into a tie for first place with Toledo (61-46) in the Midwest Division standings. The Storm Chasers have a share of first place for the first time since Aug. 15.
The Mud Hens scored first, taking a 1-0 lead when Daz Cameron hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning against left-hander Foster Griffin. The Storm Chasers rebounded to tie the game in the bottom of the second when catcher MJ Melendez singled, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a single by third baseman Erick Mejia.
Toledo retook the lead in the third on an RBI single from Aderlin Rodriguez before McBroom crushed his first home run of the game to tie the score in the fourth. Following a pitching change, centerfielder Kyle Isbel launched a solo home run against right-hander Angel De Jesus (Loss, 3-4) to give Omaha the lead. It was Isbel's second straight game with a go-ahead home run and his 14th of the season.
McBroom's second and final smash of the game came in the eighth inning, a 453-foot solo home run against left-hander Ian Krol. It was McBroom's league-leading 27th home run of the season, which also set a new career high.
Right-hander Grant Gavin (Win, 5-2) struck out five in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief while right-hander Collin Snider and right-hander Dylan Coleman (Save, 2) each added 1-2-3 innings. The Omaha bullpen combined for 5.0 scoreless innings, retiring 15 of the 16 batters they faced and 12 consecutive batters to end the game. Coleman earned a save with a perfect ninth inning for the second consecutive game.
The Storm Chasers continue their series against the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday, when right-hander Eddie Butler (7-2, 5.42) starts for Omaha. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and coverage begins at 12:45 p.m. CT with the Sarpy County Tourism Pregame Show on 1180 The Zone.
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