Clint Robinson collected three hits and knocked in three runs to lead a balanced attack in Omaha’s 7-4 win over Tacoma Thursday night in the third of a four-game set at Cheyney Stadium. The Storm Chasers won their fourth in a row to improve to 70-55 and maintain their five-game lead over Memphis in the American Conference North Division.
Jarrod Dyson walked and Irving Falu bunted for a base hit to start the game against Tacoma southpaw Chris Seddon. The speedy duo then pulled off a double steal and came in to score on a Robinson single.
Robinson singled with two outs in the third and scored to make it a 3-0 contest on a Kila Ka’aihue double. The Rainiers, who had been held to a combined four runs in the first two games of the series, equaled that output with one swing in the fourth.
Matt Tuiasosopo blasted an opposite field grand slam to right with two outs off Omaha starter Sean O’Sullivan to put the hosts in the lead for the first time. Carlos Triunfel followed with a single but was thrown out at the plate by Dyson while trying to score on a Chris Gimenez base hit for the final out of the frame.
Dyson then used his speed again to create the tying run in the fifth. He drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third base on two ground outs and came plateward on a clutch two-out hit by Robinson, who at that point had collected 16 hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Ka’aihue’s sacrifice fly chased home Falu with the go-ahead run in the seventh before Joaquin Arias and Falu singled home insurance runs in the eighth to make it 7-4. O’Sullivan earned the win after he yielded four runs on eight hits, while walking two and fanning six, over six frames. The right-hander became the first Omaha hurler to win five straight turns since Chris George did it during the 2004 campaign.
Willy Lebron came on to retire all six hitters he faced before turning things over to Jesse Chavez, who worked a scoreless ninth to record his 16th save.