The Omaha Storm Chasers and Nashville Sounds split an afternoon doubleheader at Werner Park Sunday. The Chasers took the first game 4-1 behind pitching phenom Mike Montgomery, while the Sounds got even on the day with a 5-3 win in the second.
In the first game of the day, the lefthanded Montgomery (1-1) picked up the first win by a Storm Chasers’ starting pitcher in 10 tries this season. He went six innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, and struck out six Sounds hitters. He also walked five, but was able to pitch around the trouble.
Second baseman Johnny Giavotella lined a two-run single with two out in the fourth inning, giving the Storm Chasers a 2-1 lead in the contest. Two innings later, Mike Moustakas and Clint Robinson added some insurance with RBI base-hits of their own, providing enough cushion for reliever Greg Holland to earn his first save of the 2011 season.
After mustering just two hits in game one, Nashville’s bats collected 12 hits in the second game Sunday. Taylor Green, a 24-year-old infielder from British Columbia, Canada, ripped a pair of home runs to right field, the first two longballs ever to leave the confines of Werner Park.
Storm Chasers regular first baseman Eric Hosmer, who served as the designated hitter in game two, went 3-for-3 in the ballgame with a walk and two runs batted in. The lefty has seven hits in the first three games of the series, boosting his batting average to an eye-popping .409 through 11 games this season.
Omaha and Nashville will conclude their four-game set Monday at 11:05 a.m. at Werner Park.