The Omaha Storm Chasers (9-8) scored their second walk-off win of the 2014 season in unusual fashion, with the winning run coming home on a wild pitch by Nashville Sounds (8-9) reliever Michael Blazek in the tenth inning. The Storm Chasers secured the 7-6 victory despite blowing a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning.
Omaha took advantage of erratic Sounds pitching all day recording ten walks and two hit batters as well scoring on three Nashville wild pitches, including two with the bases loaded. Johnny Giavotella scored the game-winning run in the extra frame, capping off a great day in which he reached bases in five of his six at-bats. With a double in the fifth inning, Giavotella moved in to a tie with former teammate Irving Falu (who played in today’s game) and 1970s Omaha Royal Dave Cripe for eighth place all-time on the doubles list at 84. Gio has had multiple hits in five of his nine games for the Chasers this season.
Omaha held a 6-3 lead with two outs in the ninth, but Nashville strung together two hits before outfielder Jeremy Hermida took Ramon Troncoso deep to right for a game-tying three-run shot. Chris Dwyer, who came on in relief after being activated from the disabled list today, and Troncoso had retired 13 of 14 batters before those three straight hits with two outs. The Sounds scored all six runs on homers, with Kevin Mattison hitting a solo shot in the third and Hunter Morris hitting a two-run bomb in the fourth off Omaha starter Aaron Brooks during his five innings.
With 13 hits on the day, the eighth time this season Omaha has reached double-digits, the Storm Chasers are tied for the best team batting average in the Pacific Coast League at .310 with the Tacoma Rainiers. Omaha is one of two teams in the league averaging more than 10 hits per game, the other being division rival Oklahoma City. The Chasers are undefeated this season when scoring more than five runs in a game (6-0).
Omaha will look to keep the momentum going as they send out left-hander John Lamb (0-3, 5.63 ERA), setting up a rematch with Milwaukee Brewers top prospect Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 2.50 ERA). The two pitchers dueled back on April 5, with Lamb giving up two runs and Nelson giving up only one in a Nashville win. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. on 1180 Zone 2 The Duece and MiLB.TV.