One night after compiling 15 runs on 17 hits, Omaha collected another 15 hits in a 9-3 victory over New Orleans Wednesday in the second of a four-game set at Werner Park.
The Storm Chasers won their third consecutive game to improve to 30-23 and maintain their five-game edge over Iowa in the American Conference North Division. Trailing 2-0, the Storm Chasers rallied for six runs against Sean West in the third inning to take the lead for good. Clint Robinson tied the game with a two-run, broken bat single before Irving Falu, Manny Pina and Paulo Orlando delivered run-scoring hits to finish the decisive rally.
It was Omaha’s second six-run frame in as many nights and the third time the hosts had plated at least five runs in an inning during the series. Kila Ka’aihue added a run-scoring single in the fourth and Robinson supplied a scoring fly ball in the sixth to extend the advantage to 9-2. Mike Moustakas singled three times while Johnny Giavotella doubled twice, walked and scored three runs for the Chasers, who have scored at least nine runs in each of their last three games. Falu, Ka’aihue and Lorenzo Cain added two hits apiece in helping to deal the Zephyrs their fifth straight loss away from home.
Vin Mazzaro put together another outstanding performance on the mound for the Chasers. He yielded two runs on six hits over seven innings while walking two and striking out five to improve to 3-0. He has gone at least six innings in each of his three starts since returning to Omaha from Kansas City.