Dean Anna drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the winning run, the Omaha bullpen tossed 6 scoreless innings, and the Storm Chasers defeated El Paso 6-5 in 11 innings on Sunday night at Southwest University Field.
After Andres Machado and Zach Lee traded zeroes for the first 4 innings, the Chasers broke the deadlock in the top of the fifth inning. Anna led off with his fifth home run of the season, Logan Moon singled, and Jack Lopez doubled. With 2 out, Jorge Soler walked, and Ryan O’Hearn notched a clutch 2-run single, putting Omaha ahead 3-0.
Frank Schwindel extended the lead to 4-0 with a solo longball in the top of the 6th. It was Schwindel’s 5th homer in his last 8 games.
Machado was dominant for 5 innings in his Triple-A debut before running into trouble in the 6th; he departed after 5+ innings, allowing 5 runs, 5 hits, and 1 walk. He struck out 6.
Omaha rallied back in the 7th, on a double by O’Hearn, a passed ball, and a single by Cam Gallagher , tying the game at 5.
Zack Lee pitched 6.1 innings for El Paso. He was charged with 5 runs on 11 hits, with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.
The Storm Chasers will conclude the series in El Paso tomorrow. RHP Luke Farrell (7-4, 4.07) will toss for Omaha, while the Chihuahuas will counter with LHP Dillon Overton (2-3, 6.48). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 Central.