DES MOINES - The Storm Chasers found themselves swamped early for a 2nd consecutive game, as Iowa struck for multiple big innings and cruised to a 14-3 win over Omaha on Sunday afternoon at Principal Park.
Iowa again scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Just as he did the night before, Jacob Hannemann began the rally by dropping down a bunt single. Jeimer Candelario followed with a walk, and Bijan Rademacher doubled home both runners. After a walk to Victor Caratini, Stephen Bruno singled to score Rademacher, and Elliot Soto singled in Caratini for a 4-0 Cubs lead.
Dean Anna cut into the deficit with a solo homer in the top of the 2nd for his 3rd longball of the season.
But Iowa pulled away in the bottom of the 4th, scoring 5 times. Mark Zagunis walked, went to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a double by Jacob Hannemann. Jeimer Candelario walked, Bijan Rademacher singled, and Victor Caratini hit a sacrifice fly, making it 6-1. With 2 out, Taylor Davis singled in Candelario, marking the end of the day for Chasers starter Christian Binford .
Mark Peterson entered the game, and was greeted by RBI singles from Elliot Soto and John Andreoli, pushing Iowa's lead to 9-1.
Binford (L, 3-5) was charged with 9 runs, 8 hits, and 5 walks in 3.2 innings. He struck out 4.
Casey Kelly (W, 4-1) tossed 6 innings for Iowa. He scattered 8 hits, allowed 1 run, and walked just 1 batter, while striking out 6.
Mark Peterson tossed scoreless innings in the 5th and 6th, before being touched for a run in the 7th. Elliot Soto doubled, John Andreoli was hit by a pitch, and Mark Zagunis walked. Jacob Hanneman grounded out to produce a run, running the score to 10-1 Iowa.
Frank Schwindel led off the top of the 8th with his 2nd home run. Dean Anna followed with a walk, went to 3rd on an error, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Garin Cecchini , cutting the deficit to 10-3.
Iowa piled on 6 more in the bottom of the 8th, however, against Brian Flynn . Stephen Bruno doubled, Taylor Davis singled, and Elliot Soto singled to drive in a run. John Andreolio followed with a 3-run homer, giving Iowa a 14-3 lead. Then, after a Mark Zagunis walk, Jeimer Candelario blasted a 2-run round-tripper, making it 16-3.
The defeat dropped Omaha's record to 34-33.
The Chasers will continue the series in Des Moines tomorrow night. RHP Luke Farrell (5-3, 4.35) will throw for Omaha, while RHP Casey Kelly (3-1, 5.10) will throw for Iowa. First pitch will be at 1:08.
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