Omaha rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to complete an 8-6 come-from-behind win over Iowa Tuesday night in the last of a four-game set at Principal Park. The Storm Chasers earned a series split to improve to 33-26 on the season and maintain their 4 1/2 game lead on Memphis in the American Conference North Division. The Cubs ended the series right where they started, six games out, heading into another meeting with the division pace-setters next week in Omaha.
Trailing 6-5 going into the ninth inning, the Storm Chasers received a leadoff double from Jarrod Dyson, who advanced to third on a base hit by Johnny Giavotella that chased Marcos Mateo from the hill. Left-hander Scott Maine took over and struck out David Lough before Mike Moustakas doubled to knock in the tying run. Clint Robinson was intentionally passed to load the bases for Kila Ka’aihue, who walked to force in Giavotella with the go-ahead run. Maine then walked Joaquin Arias to push across another run and was removed from the game after issuing the last of seven free passes by four different relievers.
Blake Johnson (3-1) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief after Robinson Tejeda threw 1 1/3 shutout frames behind starter Kevin Pucetas.