Omaha starting pitcher Eric Skoglund tossed a seven-inning complete game while shortstop Raul Mondesi homered and drove in three runs as the Storm Chasers defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 4-2 to split their day/night twinbill on Wednesday evening at Werner Park.
Skoglund (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced as he recorded Omaha's first complete game since June 20, 2016. It was also the southpaw's second complete game of his professional career, with the only other occasion an eight-frame complete game on May 29, 2015 at Potomac with High-A Wilmington.
The only blemishes on Skoglund's resume were back-to-back home runs from Tacoma 2B Danny Muno and CF Leonys Martin in the third. After walking the next batter, Skoglund cruised the rest of the way en route to his second Triple-A win. Rainiers southpaw Dean Kiekhefer (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, K) suffered the defeat to fall to 0-1.
Mondesi (2-2, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB) reached base all three times at the plate and drove in three RBI, in addition to scoring the Chasers' first run on 2B Ramon Torres ' run-scoring single in the first frame. Mondesi later left the yard with an opposite field solo homer to left in the third before capping the Omaha's offensive output via a two-run double down the left field line.
As a result of his two-hit effort, Mondesi extended his current hit streak to nine games. Torres' run-scoring knock in the first extended his own hit streak to a team-best 12 contests, while RF Bubba Starling upped his hit streak to seven with a single in the opening inning.
After their split doubleheader on Wednesday, the two teams will now play a single-gate twinbill on Thursday evening. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m. CT, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Both matchups are scheduled for seven innings in length. Tickets for Thursday's regularly scheduled tilt will be good for both contests tomorrow evening. Thirsty Thursday specials will be in effect from gates opening at 4:30 p.m. until the fifth inning of the second game.
Omaha is anticipated to send top Royals prospect Josh Staumont (3-2, 3.62) to the hill in game one, with RHP Christian Binford (2-0, 2.57) expected to get the nod in the nightcap. Tacoma's game one starter has not yet been announced, while University of Nebraska-Omaha alum Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 0.00) is slated to toe the rubber in game two.
Tickets are still available for that night and all remaining Storm Chasers contests, and may be purchased at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets, 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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