Mike Aviles brought home pinch runner Jarrod Dyson with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Storm Chasers a 5-4 win over visiting Oklahoma City Sunday afternoon at Werner Park. The win puts Omaha at seven games over .500 (35-28) for the fifth different time this season.
Clint Robinson had a big day for the Chasers, belting two home runs and doubling to the gap – all three extra-base hits went to left-center – before being replaced by the pinch-running Dyson after the two-base hit. His two-run, opposite-field home run in the first inning made it 2-1 Omaha, while his nearly identical solo blast in the third inning increased the Storm Chasers margin to 3-1. His leadoff double in the bottom of the eighth was followed by a groundout by Kila Ka’aihue and the Aviles sac fly.
Robinson has now hit five home runs over his past five games, increasing his team-leading totals to a .356 average with 17 home runs and 50 runs batted in. It was his third multi-homer game of the season and 11th of his minor league career, dating back to 2007.
Reliever Brandon Sisk (1-0) became the 15th Storm Chasers pitcher to earn a win this season, working a 1-2-3 eighth inning out of the bullpen. The hard-throwing lefthander needed just nine pitches to dispose of the RedHawks in the frame. Starting pitcher Luis Mendoza allowed three runs (one earned) in six innings of work, including a pair of unearned runs on two errors in the top of the sixth inning. Jesse Chavez pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.