Rey Fuentes collected five hits, including a home run, knocked in a pair of runs and scored twice to pace a 16-hit attack in Omaha’s 9-4 victory over Colorado Springs Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set at Security Service Field. The Storm Chasers improved to 11-9 and won for a second time in five games on their current eight-game swing to Oklahoma City and Colorado.
Whit Merrifield started the game with a triple to extend his hitting streak to 14, the longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League, and scored when Fuentes legged out an infield hit. Fuentes then belted a solo shot with two outs in the third inning to make it 2-0. The visitors added two more in the sixth on a run-producing double by Cheslor Cuthbert, who pushed his road hitting streak to 10 games and then came in to score on a wild pitch by Sky Sox starter Tyler Cravy, who took the loss after he yielded eight hits, walked one and struck out four over his six innings of work .
Omaha starter John Lamb kept the Sky Sox blanked for 5 2/3 innings until a two-out, two-run home run from Shane Peterson got the hosts on the board and spelled the end of the line for the southpaw, who earned the win after he allowed six hits, issued a pair of free passes and fanned six. Ben Guez then greeted Michael Mariot with a solo blast that trimmed the visitors lead to 4-3.
The teams traded runs in the seventh, as Omaha used three pitchers to get through the inning, the last of which was Louis Coleman, who struck out Nevin Ashley with two runners on to end any further threat. Lane Adams smacked a two-run home run to spark a four-run eighth that also included an RBI hit for Merrifield that stretched the Omaha lead to the final margin. Coleman tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth before Scott Alexander worked a shutout ninth to preserve the Chasers seventh win in 12 road contests.
The series continues Friday night with Omaha right-hander Joe Blanton taking the mound against Colorado Springs righty Taylor Jungmann.