PAPILLION, Neb. - The Tacoma Rainiers (24-13) dropped the second half of their doubleheader, 4-2, to the Omaha Storm Chasers (19-18) on Wednesday evening at Werner Park. Tacoma took the opener of the twin bill this morning, leading to a split of the doubleheader.
Tacoma was limited to just three hits, two of which were solo home runs hit by second baseman Danny Muno and center fielder Leonys Martin. Right fielder Tyler O'Neill collected the Rainiers only other hit, a double.
A one-out walk, stolen base, and a single through the right side pushed across a run for Omaha in the bottom of the first inning, spotting the Storm Chasers a 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back solo home runs off the bats of Muno and Martin in the top of the third inning pushed the Rainiers out to a 2-1 lead. Muno's dinger was his first of the year, while Martin's was his second of the day, having homered in the morning half of the spit doubleheader.
The Storm Chasers quickly tied the game back up at 2-2 with a solo home run of their own in the bottom of the third. Raul Mondesi lined an opposite-field home run to left for the equalizer.
Raul Mondesi picked up a pair of RBI and pushed the Storm Chasers back out in front at 4-2 with a two-run, one-out double to left field in the bottom of the fifth.
Tacoma starting pitcher Chris Heston allowed two runs on three hits over 4.0 innings of work. Dean Kiekhefer took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in one inning of relief. Mark Lowe wrapped up the game for the Rainiers, tossing one scoreless inning without allowing a hit.
Tacoma and Omaha wrap up their four-game series with another doubleheader on Thursday - first pitch for game one is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. PT. Neither team has announced starting pitchers.
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