Storm Chasers reliever Jesse Chavez entered with two men on and one out in the eighth and recorded all five of outs on strike outs, preserving Omaha’s 3-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers.
Starting pitcher Luis Mendoza (9-5) earned the victory allowing two runs on five hits over six innings of work. He walked two and struck out five, using 88 pitches. Mendoza improved to 7-0 in nine road starts this season and 9-1 on the road overall, despite seeing his ERA rise to a still-league best 2.30.
Clint Robinson singled to lead off the fifth off losing pitcher Anthony Vasquez (4-3) and eventually moved up to second on a walk by Yamaico Navarro. Cody Clark then ripped a double down the left field line to score Robinson, and second baseman Kurt Mertins followed with an infield single that scored Navarro to make it 2-0 Storm Chasers.
The Rainiers rallied to even things up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of two-out RBI singles, one from Michael Saunders and another from Chris Gimenez. Mendoza was able to compose himself and strikeout Alex Liddi on a ball in the dirt to end the frame, one of 11 strikeouts recorded by Omaha pitching.
The Chasers rallied one inning later to take the lead for good, loading the bases with nobody out before Clint Robinson’s RBI fielder’s choice brought home the decisive run. The RBI was Robinson’s ninth in his past six games and 82nd on the season. Robinson’s fifth-inning single increased his hitting streak to nine games.