Chasers Take No-No into 9th, Batter 'Cakes 7-0

Dziedzic, Parnell & Strahm combine for 2nd 1-hitter of homestand

Lefty Jonathan Dziedzic fired 6.2 hitless innings and allowed just one walk in Omaha's 7-0 1-hit shutout victory over New Orleans. (Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

By Omaha Storm Chasers | April 16, 2017 6:53 PM ET

Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic was perfect through 5.1 innings and fired 6.2 hitless frames, with the Storm Chasers taking a no-hitter into the ninth, while SS Ramon Torres crushed a grand slam in a 7-0 one-hit shutout of the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park.

Dziedzic (6.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) set down his first 16 batters faced until Baby Cakes CF Isaac Galloway reached on an error. SS Ryan Jackson then became the only other New Orleans (4-7) batter to reach base versus the southpaw via a one-out bases on balls. After reaching 100 pitches with two outs in the seventh, Dziedzic gave way to reliever Bobby Parnell (1.1 IP, 2 K), who went on to set down the next four in order.

Jackson, however, would lead off the ninth with a groundball base hit that snuck just inside the first base bag into right field to crush Omaha's (5-5) no-hit dreams, though lefty Matt Strahm (1.0 IP, H, K) would preserve the shutout.

The last time the Omaha franchise had recorded a no-hitter was almost exactly 20 years ago to the day of today's contest, when Jim Converse and Allen McDill combined for a nine-inning no-hitter against Oklahoma City on April 17, 1997. Sunday's outing also marked the second one-hit shutout of the current homestand at Werner Park after three Storm Chasers pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over Round Rock on April 13, game both Parnell and Strahm also appeared in.

The Storm Chasers on Sunday roared ahead of the Baby Cakes courtesy of a five-run second. After the first tally came across via a New Orleans error, Torres clubbed a grand slam down the left field line, his third longball of the year, to push Omaha up 5-0. RF Jorge Bonifacio capped the scoring with a two-run blast to left-center, his third roundtripper of 2017.

Storm Chasers 2B Whit Merrifield (3-4, R, 2B) recorded a game-high three hits in the contest, and was the only batter from either side with two or more knocks. He has now tallied a hit in six of his nine games played with Omaha this season, including five multi-hit efforts. New Orleans LHP Justin Nicolino (4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), meanwhile, suffered the defeat to drop to 0-1 on the year.

The two teams are set to face off in a Monday matinee to complete their three-game set, with an 11:05 a.m. first pitch time set. The Storm Chasers are expected to send LHP Eric Skoglund (1-0, 0.00) to the hill, with New Orleans anticipated to counter with RHP Stephen Fife (0-0, 9.00).

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.

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