Starter Jake Odorizzi made a solid first impression in his Triple-A debut as the 22 year old hurled 6.2 innings of nine hit, three-run ball, en-route to a no-decision. What was decisive was the patented, exciting, Werner Park come-from-behind 5-4 victory to propel their home record to 16-2 and their overall record to 26-16.
Outfielder Wil Myers also had a solid game for Omaha as he collected three hits in four at-bats while knocking in and scoring a run. Jeremy Jeffress (3-2) secured the win after an inning of relief while Francisley Bueno notched his third save of the year after getting the game’s final out.
Tacoma (16-25) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after striking for single runs in the second and fifth innings. Omaha knotted the game at 2-2 on an RBI single by Cody Clark and a run-scoring double by Myers.
The Rainiers struck back in the sixth with another single run to put the Chasers in a 3-2 hole. The home squad trailed until the bottom of the eighth when Omaha broke out for three huge runs. Myers tripled to right and was then brought home on a single by Clint Robinson. Tony Abreu followed that up with a single of his own to put runners on first and second. Kurt Mertins was summoned off of the bench to pinch-run for Clint and both Mertins and Abreu were pushed home on a David Lough double to put the Storm Chasers up 5-3.
Tacoma tallied their fourth run of the ball game in the ninth but that was all the visitors could muster as Bueno recorded the game’s final out to seal the 5-4 win.
The Storm Chasers and Tacoma will do lock horns in game three of their four-game series at Werner Park on Saturday, May 18 at 7:05 p.m.