Storm Chasers designated hitter Jorge Soler smashed a two-run game-tying homer in the ninth inning and then crushed a walk-off grand slam in the tenth after Omaha erased an early seven-run deficit in a 15-11 extra-inning victory that featured eight roundtrippers between the two teams on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park.
After entering the last of the ninth down by two, Storm Chasers RF Bubba Starling slapped an opposite field single to right with one out to send up Soler, who crushed a two-run blast to left-center to extend the game into the extra frame. With two outs and the bases loaded in the subsequent inning, Soler then crushed a grand slam over the center field wall to cue the celebration and give Omaha a 15-11 win.
New Orleans cruised ahead with seven runs in the first two frames, however the Storm Chasers answered in the last of the second with a five-spot. The highlights of that inning were the back-to-back longballs from 2B Dean Anna and C Cam Gallagher , in addition to run-scoring knocks from CF Terrance Gore and SS Raul Mondesi . Omaha completed their first comeback in the sixth with a trio of tallies, which included a two-out RBI double to right from Starling, however, New Orleans answered back with a three-spot in the eighth to grab an 11-9 advantage before Soler's heroics.
After clubbing the first big fly of his professional career last night, Gore added to the highlight reel with a sensational homer-robbing catch in the fifth inning. It was the second time since the 26-year-old has taken a home run away from an opponent at Werner Park this season. Gore (3-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI) was also one of three Omaha batters, along with Gallagher (3-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) and 1B Frank Schwindel (3-4, 2 R, 2B) with three hits each, while Soler led the way with his six RBI.
The two squads combined for 26 runs, 33 hits and eight homers in Sunday afternoon's slugfest. It was the most roundtrippers hit in a single game at Werner Park since Omaha and New Orleans combined to mash eight longballs on July 17, 2014. The walk-off grand slam was also the second walk-off grand slam in Werner Park history after Kila Ka'aihue 's game-winning slam on June 28, 2011 versus Memphis.
Storm Chasers reliever Eric Stout (2.1 IP) earned the win with 2.1 perfect innings of relief, while Baby Cakes relief man Javy Guerra (0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB) suffered the defeat. Omaha southpaw Brian Flynn (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K) also tossed 2.1 shutout frames as part of his Major League Rehab Assignment.
Following an off day on Monday, Omaha hits the road for an eight-game road trip, starting with four matchups versus the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Tuesday, June 13. The Storm Chasers are expected to give the ball to RHP Christian Binford (3-3, 4.37), while the Dodgers are anticipated to send RHP Trevor Oaks (2-1, 3.99) to the hill. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.
After a four-game set in Iowa, the Storm Chasers return home to Werner Park for a four-day homestand on Thursday, May 22 to face the Memphis Redbirds. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.
Tickets are still available for that game 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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