LAS VEGAS - Jake Junis pitched 6.1 strong innings, and Omaha overturned a 1-0 deficit with an emphatic late rally in a 7-3 victory over Las Vegas on Saturday night at Cashman Field.
Desmond Jennings gave Vegas the lead in the bottom of the 2nd with a solo home run, and for much of the night, it appeared that it might hold up as the winning blast.
Omaha threatened for the first time in the top of the 5th, but after loading the bases, 51s reliever Logan Tayor struck out Terrance Gore to end the frame and keep Las Vegas ahead 1-0.
Vegas starter Josh Smoker lasted 4.2 innings, allowing no runs, 2 hits, and no walks, while striking out 3.
The Chasers put 2 more runners aboard in the 6th inning, but Ben Rowen struck out Bubba Starling to end the threat.
Jake Junis pitched extremely well, racking up a season-high 9 strikeouts over 6.1 innings. He allowed just 1 run on 6 hits, but left the game in line for the loss.
Omaha corrected that, however, as they turned the game completely around in the top of the 8th. Terrance Gore and Corey Toups walked against Kevin McGowan (L, 2-2), and Gore stole 3rd to put men at the corners with no outs. Raul Mondesi struck out, and David Roseboom replaced David McGowan on the mound to face Ramon Torres.
Torres responded by looping a game-tying single to center, scoring Gore. Ryan O'Hearn then put down a safety squeeze, and Toups beat the toss home, giving Omaha the lead. Bubba Starling followed with an RBI single to left, and Dean Anna doubled home 2 more runs. Suddenly, the Chasers led 5-1.
Eric Stout (W, 1-0) was the official winning pitcher, as he threw a scoreless inning of relief. Bobby Parnell finished the 8th inning, and the Chasers tacked on more in the top of the 9th. Garin Cecchini singled, and Terrance Gore put down a bunt, which was thrown away down the right field line, allowing Cecchini to score all the way from 1st. With 1 out, Raul Mondesi doubled to left, bringing home Gore for a 7-1 advantage.
Vegas plated 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th on 2 errors and a single, but Parnell proceeded to close out another Vegas triumph for the Storm Chasers.
Omaha are back at .500 (17-17), and will seek to move above the mark again tomorrow.
The Chasers will conclude the series and road trip with an afternoon tilt. RHP Luke Farrell (3-1, 4.13) will pitch for Omaha, while RHP Ricky Knapp (1-3, 5.31) will toss for the 51s. First pitch will be at 2:05 Central.
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