After losing two in a row and three out of four in Albuquerque during the final road series of the season, the Omaha Storm Chasers saved their best for the playoffs against the Isotopes, winning game one of this best of five series, 8-4, at Werner Park on Wednesday night.
Wil Myers, just named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America and USA Today, homered to help Jake Odorizzi pick up the win. Odorizzi went seven innings and along three runs.
Starter Jake Odorizzi got the win after seven innings of three-run baseball while Wil Myers homered in his first at-bat to help propel Omaha to victory.
The Storm Chasers got things going quickly in the first as Mitch Maier walked and Anthony Seratelli reached on a bunt single to set up Myers for his three-run blast. In the third, Clint Robinson was on second when Rey Navarro grounded to the second baseman but Robinson was able to dart home on a throwing error while Navarro reached second. Two batters later, an Adam Moore single to score Navarro and give Omaha a 5-0 lead over the Isotopes.
The visitors struck for a run in the fifth when Josh Bard homered to right and pulled within two in the sixth when Jerry Sands hit a two-run home run. Things remained quiet until the eighth when Josh Fields hit a home run off of Roman Colon, who came on in relief of Odorizzi in the eighth inning.
The Storm Chasers pulled away in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs. A bases loaded wild pitch thrown to Max Ramirez scored Maier. Ramirez grounded to the pitcher, Erick Threets, on the very next pitch and as Threets threw to first for the out, the first baseman misplayed the throw and let it bounce off his mitt. As the ball caromed away, Seratelli and Myers came in to score.
Tommy Hottovy pitched a scoreless ninth to give the Chasers a 1-0 lead heading into Thursday night’s game two.