Justin Bour had three hits, and drove in four runs to lead a 13-hit attack as New Orleans beat Omaha, 8-5 on Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field. The Storm Chasers have lost two in a row to fall to 55-52 but gained a half-game in the standings to move to within a half-game of first place Iowa, which was swept for a second straight day in a doubleheader, in the American Conference North Division.
The Zephyrs grabbed a three-run lead in the first inning on a home run by Bour. New Orleans added on a run in the second on a double play grounder, one more in the third on a sacrifice fly by Juan Diaz, and another pair in the fifth on an error and another sac fly ball to extend the lead to 7-1.
Christian Colon started the climb back for the Chasers in the sixth with a homer, his second in 10 days against NOLA starter Andrew Heaney, to trim the margin to five. In the seventh, Omaha closed the game to 7-4 and then in the eighth, Carlos Peguero homered to cut it to 7-5. The Zephyrs added an insurance run in their half of the eighth inning for their 11th win in 15 games against Omaha this season.
The series and road trip wrap up Monday night with Omaha left-hander Joe Saunders taking the mound against NOLA right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.