Chasers Blast Past Iowa In 7-5 Comeback Win

Four-run eighth propels Omaha to come-from-behind victory

Ruben Sosa's pinch-hit go-ahead homer in the eighth led the Storm Chasers to a 7-5 comeback win over the Iowa Cubs on Sunday. (Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

By Omaha Storm Chasers | September 3, 2017 11:39 PM ET

Powered by a four-run eighth inning with home runs from Storm Chasers right fielder Jorge Soler, first baseman Frank Schwindel and pinch hitter Ruben Sosa, Omaha completed a comeback victory to stun the Iowa Cubs 7-5 in front of 8,897 fans on Sunday evening at Werner Park.

After Iowa jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, Soler smashed the first of his two longballs on the evening with a two-run blast to left to give the Storm Chasers the lead. The Cubs answered with single tallies in the third and fifth, bookending a two-run fourth frame to snag a 5-2 advantage. Omaha then narrowed the margin to two with a run in the seventh before their four-run spurt in the following frame.

Soler led off the eighth with a solo shot to left, his second of the game and 24th of the year with the Storm Chasers. Schwindel immediately clubbed a solo smash to left-center to even the contest at 5-5, prior to Sosa's pinch-hit go-ahead roundtripper carried over the left field wall to give the Storm Chasers a 7-5 lead they would not relinquish.

Omaha reliever Yender Caramo (1.0 IP) fired a perfect ninth inning to notch his second save of the year in support of starter Christian Binford (8.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who earned his seventh triumph with eight innings of work to match a team single-game season-high. Iowa reliever Brad Markey (3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) suffered the defeat to fall to 0-1.

Soler (2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB) and Schwindel (2-4, R, HR, RBI) each tallied two knocks including their homers, while 2B Dean Anna (2-4, 2B, RBI) and C Brayan Pena (2-4, 2B) also collected multi-hit efforts. Iowa CF Jacob Hannemann (2-4, R), 1B Chris Dominguez (2-4, RBI) and SS Elliot Soto (2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI) each posted two hits. The two-homer game marked the fifth time this year Soler has gone deep twice in a contest, including his second against Iowa after smashing two big flies on August 13 at Werner Park.

Omaha and Iowa complete their respective 2017 campaigns with a Labor Day matinee at Werner Park, with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 p.m. on Monday afternoon. RHP Arnaldo Hernandez (0-0, 1.93) is expected to toe the rubber for the Storm Chasers, with RHP Williams Perez (7-9, 4.88) anticipated to get the nod for the Cubs.

Tickets are still available for that game, and may be purchased at, as well as by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100. To view Ticket Office hours, please click here.

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

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