Omaha first baseman Scott Thorman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eleventh inning to break a scoreless tie and give the Royals a dramatic 2-0 win over the Iowa Cubs.
The O-Royals are now a game-and-a-half behind first-place Iowa in the PCL American Conference North. In 10.2 innings, the Royals managed only three hits off five Cubs pitchers. Iowa right-hander Jeff Stevens (0-2) walked Ed Lucas with two outs setting up Thorman, who sent Stevens’ 1-0 delivery over the right-center field wall for his 20th home run of the season.
It was the second walk-off home run of the season for an Omaha batter and both have come against Iowa. On July 3rd, Rick Ankiel hit a game-winning shot with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Cubs righty Marco Carillo to give the Royals a 6-5 win in front of 23,657 fans.
Thorman’s home run made a winner of lefty Tim Collins (2-0). Starter Anthony Lerew threw seven scoreless innings, lowering his league-best ERA to 2.72. Omaha has certainly taken care of business against Iowa. The Royals are now 9-3 against the Cubs this year.