Johnny Giavotella drove in four runs and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as Omaha beat Iowa, 11-2, Wednesday night in the opener of a five-game set at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers improved to 55-32, most wins in the Pacific Coast League.
Omaha jumped on I-Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez for three runs in the first inning on run-scoring hits by Clint Robinson and Tony Abreu and a David Lough sacrifice fly. Giavtolla doubled in a pair of runs and scored on a Wil Myers fly ball in the second to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Chasers added on to their lead with two more runs in the fifth when Abreu doubled in Myers and then scored on an error following a Lough steal of second base. Lopez was removed after 4 1/3 innings and tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs, six earned, on 11 hits while walking one and striking out one.
Giavotella blasted a solo shot over the wall in center field in the sixth and added a sacrifice fly during a two-run eighth inning against former Omaha hurler Mike MacDougal.