Bats Carry Chasers to 15-11 Triumph

Omaha end Oklahoma City's 6-game winning streak with prolific attack

By Omaha Storm Chasers | June 15, 2017 10:53 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY - Raul Mondesi and Bubba Starling had 4 hits each, Jorge Soler drove in 5 runs, and the Storm Chasers outslugged Oklahoma City 15-11 on Thursday night at Bricktown Ballpark.

Omaha scored an immediate run in the top of the 1st on a single by Mondesi and a double by Starling.

Oklahoma City answered with 3 in the bottom of the inning; Alex Verdugo singled, Drew Maggie homered, and Willie Calhoun homered to make it 3-1 Dodgers.

But the Storm Chasers hit back with 6 in the top of the 2nd. Frank Schwindel doubled, Dean Anna walked, and Brayan Pena singled to load the bases. Garin Cecchini drew a walk to force in Schwindel, Ruben Sosa singled to score Anna, and Raul Mondesi doubled to bring home Pena and Cecchini and put Omaha ahead 5-3. With 1 out, Jorge Soler bounced a double down the left field line, plating Sosa and Mondesi for a 7-3 advantage.

OKC pulled a run back in the bottom of the 3rd, as Alex Verdugo doubled, went to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly by O'Koyea Dickson, cutting Omaha's lead to 7-4.

Dodger starter Justin Masterson was lifted with 2 outs in the top of the 5th; he allowed 7 runs, 8 hits, and 6 walks, while striking out 4.

The Dodgers then surged ahead in the bottom of the 5th by scoring 5 times. Charlie Culberson doubled, Drew Maggi walked, O'Koyea Dickson walked, and Willie Calhoun also walked, forcing home a run. Chasers starter Jonathan Dziedzic was lifted for Mark Peterson , but Peterson was greeted by RBI singles by Trace Thompson and Max Muncy, tying the game at 7. Brett Eibner put the Dodgers in front by grounding into a fielder's choice, and Kyle Farmer tacked on another run with an RBI single of his own. It was 9-7.

Dziedzic was charged with 8 runs on 5 hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 5.

But Omaha regained the lead in the top of the 6th with a 4-run rally of their own. Raul Mondesi singled, and Bubba Starling and Jorge Soler walked to load the bases. With 1 out, Frank Schwindel cleared the bases with a 3-run double. Dean Anna moved Schwindel to 3rd with a single, and Schwindel scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Brayan Pena, making it 11-9 Chasers.

The Dodgers made it 11-10 in the last of the 6th, plating O'Koyea Dickson on a wild pitch by Al Albuquerque.

Albuquerque recovered to throw a 1-2-3 bottom of the 7th, and Malcom Culver tossed a scoreless 8th, stranding 2 runners.

Cam Gallagher extended the lead to 12-10 with a pinch-hit home run in the top of the 9th; it was his 3rd homer of the season. With 2 out in that inning, the Chasers rallied for 3 more; Raul Mondesi and Bubba Starling completed their 4-hit nights with back-to-back singles, and Jorge Soler drilled his 10th home run for Omaha, making it 15-10.

Kevin McCarthy closed out the wild game in the 9th, improving Omaha's record to 33-31 despite a 2-out RBI single by Kyle Farmer.

The Chasers conclude the series with the Dodgers tomorrow night. RHP Yender Caramo (0-5, 5.83) will toss for Omaha, while RHP Fabio Castillo (3-3, 3.46) will throw for OKC. First pitch will be at 7:05.

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