After Omaha shortstop Ramon Torres crushed a two-run homer in the first en route to an early Chasers lead, Iowa clawed their way back for a come-from-behind victory capped by center fielder John Andreoli 's tie-breaking longball in the seventh in the Cubs' 5-4 win in front of 7,579 fans on Friday evening at Werner Park.
Torres got the scoring started early with a two-run shot to right, pushing Omaha ahead 2-0. That margin then extended to three in the subsequent frame courtesy of 2B Ruben Sosa's run-scoring double to center. After the two teams swapped single tallies in the fourth, the Cubs evened the contest at four with a three-run sixth aided by a pair of Storm Chasers fielding miscues. Andreoli's towering solo shot in the seventh gave Iowa their first lead at 5-4, which they would not relinquish.
Omaha CF Billy Burns (2-4, R, BB) DH Dean Anna (2-4) and LF Corey Toups (2-3, RBI) each recorded multi-hit efforts in the defeat. Iowa 2B Stephen Bruno (2-4, 2 R, RBI) and C Taylor Davis (2-3, R, BB), meanwhile, each tallied a pair of knocks. Burns and 1B Frank Schwindel continued their hot stretches at the plate, with the former now tallying hits in 26 of his most recent 31 games, while Schwindel has posted knocks in 43 of his last 47.
Cubs starter Scott Carroll (6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) earned his second victory, setting down each of the final seven batters he faced. Relievers Jack Leathersich (1.0 IP, H, 3 K) and Pierce Johnson (1.0 IP, H) and Matt Carasiti joined forces for the final three shutout frames, with the latter notching his league-leading 21st save. Omaha starter Jake Kalish (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) did not factor in the final decision, while Storm Chasers reliever Jake Newberry (2.0 IP, H, 2 R, ER, BB, 2 K) suffered the defeat to fall to 2-2.
Omaha and Iowa are set to continue their four-game set on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT. RHP Pedro Fernandez (2-1, 4.30) is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers, with the I-Cubs slated to give the ball to RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (5-1, 1.69).
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