October 31, 2014

Storm Chasers rally past OKC

Tony Abreu belted a grand slam and knocked in five runs as Omaha rallied again from a large deficit to down Oklahoma City, 12-5, Tuesday night in the last of four meetings at Bricktown Ballpark. The Storm Chasers claimed the last three games of the series to finish their road trip at 8-4, improve to 66-45 overall and lower their magic number for clinching a second straight division title to 18.

Rudy Owens, making his second start for the RedHawks since being acquired last week in the Wandy Rodriguez deal, shut out Omaha over four innings before losing control in the fifth. After a lead off double by Adam Moore, the lefty issued three walks, the last to Johnny Giavotella forced in a run to get Omaha on the board. Abreu then followed with his grand slam to left field that tied the score and ended Owens night.

Mark Hamburger took over for OKC and tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before departing with runners at the corners and nobody out in the seventh. Abreu greeted Enerio Del Rosario with a base hit that scored Irving Falu with the go-ahead and eventual winning run and sent Giavotella to third. Wil Myers followed with a three-run shot, his professional baseball-leading 33rd round-tripper of the season, to extend the Omaha lead to 9-5.