Mondesi Slams Chasers To 5-1 Win Over I-Cubs

SS blasts 2nd slam in as many nights, O'Hearn clubs 14th HR

Omaha SS Raul Mondesi crushed his second grand slam in as many nights in the Storm Chasers' 5-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park. (Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

By Omaha Storm Chasers | July 8, 2017 10:51 PM ET

Storm Chasers shortstop Raul Mondesi  smashed his second grand slam in as many nights and first baseman Ryan O'Hearn  added a solo shot, while the relief corps. of Brian Flynn and Malcom Culver  tossed the final four-plus scoreless innings to give Omaha a 5-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs on Saturday evening at Principal Park.

After both starting pitchers matched zeroes through the first four and a half innings, the I-Cubs struck first with a single tally in the fifth courtesy of an RBI single from 1B Chris Dominguez . Mondesi would help the Storm Chasers answer in the following half frame by clubbing a grand slam to deep left-center to push Omaha ahead 4-1.

It was the second grand slam in as many nights for Mondesi, who has blasted ten longballs with Omaha this season. Prior to yesterday's game, Mondesi had not crushed a grand slam through his first 539 career contests of his professional career. It was also Omaha's fourth bases-loaded big fly of the season, joining Ramon Torres and Jorge Soler .

O'Hearn would then add an insurance tally in the ninth with a solo blast to straightaway center field. The smash was O'Hearn's team-best 14th of the 2017 campaign to cap Omaha's scoring at 5-1. No Storm Chasers batter tallied a multi-hit effort, while Dominguez (2-4, RBI) and 2B Chesny Young (2-4) each recorded two knocks for Iowa.

I-Cubs starter Aaron Brooks (7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) retired each of the first 13 batters he faced before 2B Dean Anna slapped a one-out single to left in the top of the fifth, and ultimately suffered the defeat. Omaha starter Eric Skoglund (4.2 IP, 2 H, R, ER, 5 BB, 5 K) did not factor in the decision, while Flynn (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K) earned his fourth victory and Culver (1.1 IP, H, BB) notched his ninth save with 1.1 shutout frames.

Omaha completes their three-game set in Iowa with a Sunday matinee at Principal Park, with first pitch scheduled for 1:08 p.m. CT. RHP Jake Junis (2-3, 2.39) is anticipated to toe the rubber for the Storm Chasers, while the I-Cubs are expected to send RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (NR) to the hill.

The Storm Chasers return to Werner Park after the PCL All-Star Break on Thursday, July 13 to start an eight-game homestand. Their first matchup facing the Nashville Sounds is slated for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

Tickets are still available for that game and all remaining Storm Chasers contests, and may be purchased at, as well as by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100. To view Ticket Office hours, please click here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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