Pedro Ciriaco scored the game-winning run in the tenth inning as Omaha overcame an early deficit to defeat Memphis, 3-2, Thursday night in the last of four meetings at AutoZone Park. The Storm Chasers improved to 54-50 and stayed within two and a half games of front-running Iowa in the American Conference North Division.
Ciriaco led off the tenth against Eric Fornataro with an infield hit and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Paul Janish, his second of the night. Whit Merrifield then hit a slow bouncer to third that Pete Kozma fielded but his throw to first base couldn’t be handled by Xavier Scruggs, allowing Ciriaco to score the decisive run. Casey Coleman then completed his third inning of scoreless relief by getting Shane Robinson to ground into a game-ending double play to earn the win, as the two teams wound up splitting their eight games in Tennessee.
Memphis started the scoring for the third time in the series with a first inning solo home run from Scott Moore and made it 2-0 in the second on a run-scoring single from Ed Easley, as both runs came across with two outs. The Storm Chasers manufactured a run in the third to halve the lead when Ciriaco singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Merrifield fly ball and then tied it when Carlos Peguero blasted a lead off long ball in the fourth. [Read more...]