Johnny Giavotella had three hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs to power Omaha past Sacramento, 10-4, Wednesday night in the third of four games at Raley Field. The Storm Chasers finished with 16 hits to lift their record to 35-31 overall and 17-17 on the road and remain a half-game behind victorious Oklahoma City in the American Conference North Division.
Tyler Ladendorf opened the home first with a triple and scored the game’s first run when Andy Parrino followed with a base hit. Omaha starter John Lamb then walked the next two hitters to load the bases but wriggled out of the jam by striking out Nate Frieman, Shane Peterson and Michael Taylor in succession to squash a potentially big inning and flip the momentum. Omaha answered in the top of the second and went up for good with two-out RBI hits by Whit Merrifield and Paulo Orlando, who extended his road hitting streak to 34 consecutive games, and a wild pitch that scored Jesus Flores to make it a 3-1 game.
Omaha scored again in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Christian Colon that was followed by Giavotella’s three-run shot that opened the lead to 7-2 and knocked Sacramento starter Matt Buschmann out of the game after 3 1/3 innings during which he yielded nine hits, walked three and fanned four. Giavotella doubled home a pair and scored on a wild pitch to expand the visitors advantage to 10-2 in the eighth.