Storm Chasers starter Eric Skoglund allowed a lone run over seven solid innings, while left fielder Ruben Sosa clocked three doubles, in addition to four RBI, and designated hitter Frank Schwindel smashed a grand slam in Omaha's 15-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park.
Storm Chasers 3B Garin Cecchini got the scoring started with an RBI double to the left-center field gap. CF Billy Burns and Sosa would immediately follow by clubbing consecutive run-scoring two-baggers to increase the advantage to three. C Cam Gallagher then capped the frame with an RBI single to left to make it 4-0.
After Nashville answered back with a single tally in the fifth, Gallagher countered with his second RBI single of the contest in the last of the fifth to extend the lead back to four at 5-1. After Sosa smashed his second RBI double of the afternoon in the seventh, the Storm Chasers added nine more tallies in the eighth, highlighted by a grand slam from Schwindel.
All nine batters in Omaha's order recorded a hit, with Sosa (3-4, 2 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI), Schwindel (2-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI), Gallagher (22-4, R, 2 RBI, BB) and Cecchini (2-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI), as well as RF Logan Moon (3-4, 3 R, 2B) and 2B Dean Anna (2-5, R, RBI) each tallying at least two knocks. The 15 runs scored matched a season-high, while the nine-run eighth was the club's highest single-inning total since plating nine on August 16, 2016 at Fresno.
Skoglund (7.0 IP, 9 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 7 K) scattered nine hits and walked none while allowing the lone earned run to earn his third victory. Relievers Seth Maness (1.0 IP, BB) and Eric Stout (1.0 IP, H, BB) joined forces for the final two scoreless frames, while Nashville starter Chris Jensen (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, K) suffered the defeat.
Omaha continues their eight-game homestand by starting a four-game set with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Monday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. RHP Jake Junis (2-4, 2.83) is anticipated to toe the rubber for the Storm Chasers, with the Sky Sox expected to counter with RHP Bubba Derby (2-0, 2.49).
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