Albuquerque starting pitcher John Ely and two relievers combined on a six-hit shutout, avoiding the four-game sweep while dealing Omaha its first shutout loss at brand-new Werner Park. The Independence Sunday crowd of 9,023 met the maximum capacity allowed in Werner Park, the first time that number had been reached and the eighth-straight game exceeding the fixed-seat capacity of 6,434.
Ely (4-4) was masterful all evening, holding the Storm Chasers to four singles and a pair of walks in his seven innings of work. He struck out just one, relying on 14 ground ball outs and keeping the Chasers hitters off balance with an exaggerated, deliberate delivery. Merkin Valdez and Jon Link closed the door from there, with Link (eighth save) striking out Kila Ka’aihue and Manny Pina swinging to end the game.
Jeff Suppan (7-5) pitched an excellent game as well, giving up just five hits in seven innings, but was stung by a fifth-inning, two-run home run by Russ Mitchell that accounted for all the scoring in the game. Suppan had been seeking his fourth win in four starts, but instead settled for his fifth consecutive quality start.