LAS VEGAS- Paulo Orlando drove in 4 runs, Christian Binford pitched strongly for 7 innings, and the Storm Chasers defeated Las Vegas 8-3 on Friday night at Cashman Field.
Orlando cracked a scoreless tie in the top of the 4th with his 1st Omaha home run of the season. He lined a Blake Beavan pitch over the left-center field wall for a 1-0 Chasers lead.
The Chasers added a 4-spot in the top of the 5th inning. Bubba Starling singled, Cam Gallagher walked, and Dean Anna singled to load the bases. Garin Cecchini knocked in Starling with a sacrifice fly, and after an intentional walk to Raul Mondesi, Paulo Orlando cleared the bases with a 3-run double, making it 5-0 Omaha.
Beavan (L, 0-2) went 6 innings, allowing 5 runs, 6 hits, and 3 walks. He struck out 2.
Desmond Jennings pulled a run back for Las Vegas with a solo homer in the bottom of the 5th, after Christian Binford had cruised through the opening 4 frames.
Vegas closed the gap to 5-3 in the last of the 7th; Dominic Smith homered, Travis Taijeron, and Desmond Jennings drove Taijeron in on a sacrifice fly.
Binford (W, 2-0) was able to work through the 7th, and was charged with just 3 runs on 5 hits, with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Omaha added 3 crucial insurance runs in the 8th. Paulo Orlando was again in the thick of the rally, although this time he reached on a strikeout-wild pitch. He was bunted to 2nd by Ryan O'Hearn, and Ramon Torres drove him in with an RBI single. With 2 out, Cam Gallagher walked, Dean Anna singled to load the bases again, and Garin Cecchini singled in 2 more, making it 8-3 Omaha.
Kevin McCarthy pitched a flawless bottom of the 8th, and Onelki Garcia closed out the 9th to give the Chasers their 2nd consecutive win in Sin City.
The Chasers continue the series in Las Vegas tomorrow night. RHP Jake Junis (1-2, 3.52) takes the ball for Omaha, while LHP Josh Smoker (0-0, 0.0) makes his 1st start for the 51s at 9:05 Central.
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