ROUND ROCK - The Storm Chasers flexed their muscles on Wendesday afternoon, as 4 home runs paced the Chasers to a 5-4 triumph at Dell Diamond.
Round Rock took a quick lead in the bottom of the 1st inning; Drew Robinson led off with a double against Chasers starter Jake Junis; he advanced to 3rd on a fly ball, and scored on a single by Travis Snider.
Corey Toups began the power parade for Omaha, hitting his first home run of the season for Omaha in the top of the 3rd. It took a moment to be called as such; after an umpire conference, the ball, which was initially ruled to have hit the top of the wall, was declared to have hit above the left field fence, and was changed to a solo homer.
Two batters later, Dean Anna also went deep, notching his first homer of the year. It was 2-1 Chasers.
The lead only lasted a few minutes, as Patrick Cantwell reached on a wild pitch despite striking out, and Travis Snider gained his 2nd RBI of the day on a run-scoring double in the last of the 3rd..
Junis (W, 1-0) worked 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits. He didn't walk anyone, and struck out 6.
The Chasers regained the lead in the top of the 6th. Dean Anna singled, and Ryan O'Hearn lined a home run down the right field line. It was his 3rd of the season, and it gave Omaha a 4-2 advantage.
Round Rock starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx was charged with 4 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings, with 3 strikeouts and no walks.
Bobby Parnell worked 2 scoreless relief innings for Omaha; he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 7th by inducing a groundout from Snider.
Parker Morin became the 4th Storm Chaser to homer in the game, as his 8th inning round-tripper made it 5-2 Omaha.
Round Rock tightened the game with 2 tallies in the bottom of the 8th. Malcom Culver yielded a walk to Jared Hoying, a single to Brett Hayes, and a single to Ronald Guzman, which made it 5-3. Preston Beck grounded into a double play, scoring Hayes. It was 5-4.
But Culver stabilized in the 9th, working a 1-2-3 inning for his 3rd save of the season, and moving the Chasers back above .500 at 7-6.
The Chasers continue the series in Round Rock tomorrow night. RHP Kyle Zimmer (0-0, 3.86) takes the mound for Omaha, while RHP Eddie Gamboa (1-0, 5.11) throws for Round Rock at 7:05.
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