The Omaha Storm Chasers (62-47) used three different home runs to defeat the Nashville Sounds (47-62) by a score of 11-5 to even the series. Despite the win the Storm Chasers actually lost ground in the division race with Oklahoma City sweeping a doubleheader, and Omaha now sits at 4.5 games back.
After falling behind 3-0 on a first inning homer by Brent Morel, the Storm Chasers responded in a big way with a two-out grand slam by Casey Kotchman. It was the second four-run homer of the season for Omaha (Brett Eibner on April 16 at Memphis) and was Kotchman’s first homer since June 25. Two batters later, Francisco Pena launched his 11th long ball of the season to make the score 6-3. Pena’s homer total is second on the Storm Chasers behind Brett Eibner at 15.
Staked a 6-3 advantage, Royals prospect Miguel Almonte was dominant over the next two innings striking out the side in each. The right-hander ran into trouble in the fourth, allowing a pair of runs to score before being lifted in his shortest outing at the Triple-A level (3.2 innings with five runs given up). The Omaha relief staff of Louis Coleman, newly acquired Paul Clemens and Michael Mariot let just four baserunners aboard over 5.1 shutout innings to keep the Storm Chasers ahead the rest of the way.
Paulo Orlando hit the third homer of the night, a three-run shot in the sixth to put the game out of reach at 10-5. Every Storm Chasers player both scored a run and collected a hit, with seven of the nine notching multi-hit games. The 11 runs for Omaha were their second highest total on the year (14 runs on June 8 vs Colorado Springs).