Nate Adcock was solid through 6 1/3 innings and backed by home runs from Anthony Seratelli and Mitch Maier as Omaha hung on for a wild 7-4 win over Albuquerque Friday night/Saturday morning in Game 3 of the best-of-five American Conference Championship series at Isotopes Park. The Storm Chasers lead the series two games to one and are in position to close it out in Game 4 Saturday night.
After a two-hour, three minute rain delay and two scoreless innings, Seratelli led off the third with a long ball, just his third as a right-hand hitter, to get the Storm Chasers on the board. Later in the inning, they would load the bases with one out and Max Ramirez would make the ‘Topes pay, as he has all season, with a two-run single that pushed the lead to three. Including the post-season, the Omaha catcher/designated hitter has knocked in 27 of his 81 runs against Albuquerque.
Derrick Loop settled down and retired the last seven Omaha hitters he faced before departing after six innings during which he allowed three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. Red Patterson took over in the seventh in his Triple-A debut and gave up a two-run clout to Maier that increased the lead to 5-0.
Adcock blanked the hosts on six hits through six innings before Matt Angle and Tyler Ogle put together back-to-back doubles to produce a run and knock the right-hander out of the game after he walked three, struck out four and had three ground ball double plays turned behind him. Tommy Hottovy followed and recorded a ground out and strike out to end the threat. The Chasers got the run right back in the top of the eighth after Tim Corcoran walked the bases loaded and Irving Falu greeted Ramon Troncoso with a base hit that plated Rey Navarro.
Hottovy was removed from the game after hitting Dee Gordon to open the bottom of the eighth. Michael Mariot was summoned from the bullpen and issued a walk and gave up a base hit to Jerry Sands that chased home Gordon to trim the deficit to 6-2. One out later, Trent Oeltjen looped a single to left that brought Josh Fields home and spelled the end of the line for Mariot, who was replaced by Donnie Joseph. The first batter he faced was Angle, who hit a come-backer but Joseph sailed his throw to second base into center field allowing Sands to cross the plate to make it a 6-4 game. The left-hander regrouped and got Ogle to fly out and struck out Tony Gwynn to squash the rally.
Again, the visitors answered with a run in the ninth on a two-out RBI hit by Seratelli, his third of the series from the right side, from where he hit just .222 during the regular season. Roman Colon was called on to finish the job and he did so, retiring the first two hitters with a ground ball before he walked Fields. The veteran right-hander then got Sands to pop up to end the game and put the Storm Chasers on the brink of reaching the PCL Championship round.
The series continues Saturday night with Omaha left-hander Doug Davis taking the mound against Albuquerque left-hander Cole St. Clair.