The Omaha Storm Chasers (21-23) failed to get their record back to .500 and could not finish off their first ever non-conference sweep in Werner Park history, as the Reno Aces (19-24) dealt Omaha their worst home loss of the season at 12-3. The 12 runs were the most allowed at home by the Chasers, and second most overall, in 2015.
Omaha starter Yohan Pino came into the game allowing just three runs (and two earned runs) in his 26.0 combined innings between Omaha and Kansas City, but was touched up for eight runs in only 3.2 innings of work. The major damage came in the third inning when Reno plated five runs, capped by Mike Freeman tripling with the bases loaded and scoring on the same play on an Omaha throwing error. Peter O’Brien smacked a two-run shot to essentially end Pino’s day, his team-leading 11th long ball of the season.
The Storm Chasers offense struggled for only three runs after putting up a total of 46 runs in their last five home games, and seven of their nine hits came from only three players. Casey Kotchman went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Francisco Pena also notched a RBI for a third straight game. In his last ten home games, Kotchman is batting .500 (19-for-38), and one of the hits on the night was his team-leading 12th double of the year. Omaha could not cash in on their scoring chances, leaving 12 men on base in the loss.
The Storm Chasers now welcome the Tacoma Rainiers to Werner Park for the first time since the 2012 season for a four-game series. In the opener Omaha sends out RHP Clayton Mortensen (2-4, 6.67 ERA) to face off with Rainiers RHP Forrest Snow (1-4, 2.88 ERA),