Johnny Giavotella continued his success against his hometown team with three hits and a pair of runs batted in to push Omaha past New Orleans, 6-5, Wednesday night in the second of four matchups at Zephyr Field.
The Storm Chasers won their third straight contest to improve to 5-1 on their current 12-game road trip and to 63-42 on the season. Giavotella wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 20 games with a first inning double and then scored the game’s first run two batters later on a base hit by Clint Robinson. The visitors added a trio of runs in the second on a lead off long ball by Max Ramirez and RBI hits by Giavotella and Robinson against reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week J.D. Martin. Adam Moore led off the fourth with a home run, his second with Omaha, to make it a 5-0 game before the Zephyrs answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run single from Rob Brantly, who was playing in his first game after being acquired from Detroit, and a run-producing hit by Chase Lambin. Irving Falu singled with two outs in the sixth, stole second and came around to score on another base hit by Giavotella that made it 6-3 and chased Martin from the hill. The right-hander suffered the loss after he was charged with all six runs on a dozen hits while striking out two. The Z’s again responded in their half of the frame on a Lambin sacrifice fly that brought them within a pair against Nate Adcock, who picked up the win after he gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits while walking two and fanning five over six innings of work. Jeremy Jeffress worked a scoreless seventh inning but was touched for a run in the eighth that accounted for the final margin on a Brantley fielder’s choice grounder that drove in Gaby Sanchez, who opened the frame with a walk. The right-hander fanned four in his two innings and turned the game over to Francisley Bueno, who set down the side in order in the ninth to preserve the win and register his first save since June 12. The series continues Thursday night with Omaha left-hander Chris Dwyer taking the hill against New Orleans right-hander Tom Koehler.