OKLAHOMA CITY - Ryan O'Hearn drove in 5 runs, Ruben Sosa collected 3 extra-base hits, and the Storm Chasers rallied for a series split with a 10-6 triumph on Friday night at Bricktown Ballpark.
After a 15-11 slugfest on Thursday night, Friday's game began in similar fashion, with 9 combined runs in the opening inning.
Omaha scored 5 in the top of the 1st against Jason Wheeler. Ruben Sosa doubled, Raul Mondesi singled, and Bubba Starling singled to drive in Sosa. Jorge Soler singled home Mondesi, and Ryan O'Hearn drilled a 3-run homer to make it 5-0. It was O'Hearn's 9th home run of the season.
The Dodgers responded with 4 of their own in the home half of the 1st against Yender Caramo . Alex Verdugo and Drew Maggi singled, and with 1 out, Willie Calhoun plated Verdugo with a single. Trayce Thompson followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Maggi, and Max Muncy hit a 2-run homer to bring Oklahoma City to within 5-4.
The Chasers pushed the lead back to 6-4 in the top of the 2nd. Ruben Sosa tripled, and with 2 out, he scored on a throwing error by Dodgers 3rd baseman Mike Freeman.
Omaha then extended to a 10-4 advantage with a 4-run 4th inning. Terrance Gore bunted for a base hit, Ruben Sosa doubled him to 3rd, and Raul Mondesi sent Gore home with a sacrifice fly. With 2 out, Ryan O'Hearn collected his 4th and 5th RBIs of the night with a 2-run double to center, and Cam Gallagher followed with an RBI single.
Jason Wheeler (L, 0-1) endured a difficult 3.2 innings, and was tagged for 10 runs (9 earned) on 12 hits. He did not collect a strikeout, and issued 1 walk.
Oklahoma City scored in the bottom of the 4th when Charlie Culberson hit into a bases-loaded double play, allowing Max Muncy to come home. It was 10-5.
Yender Caramo (W, 1-5) settled in after a shaky first inning to pitch 6 frames. He allowed 5 runs on 10 hits, with 1 strikeout and 1 walk.
Eric Stout tossed 2.2 innings of relief, and fell an out short of his first Save of the season. Stout cruised through the 7th and 8th before working into bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 9th. After he walked Willie Calhoun to force in a run, Seth Maness (S, 1) came in to retire Trayce Thompson to close out the game.
Omaha's record improved to 34-31.
The Chasers will travel to Des Moines and open a new series against the Iowa Cubs tomorrow night. Omaha's starter is to be determined, while RHP Aaron Brooks (3-5, 6.56) will throw for Iowa. First pitch will be at 7:08.
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