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Omaha takes 2-0 lead in its playoff series

Updated: 2013-09-06T04:31:30Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Less than a week after its season appeared to be over, Class AAA Omaha is now one victory away from advancing in its playoff series.

The Storm Chasers scored five runs in the sixth inning and beat Oklahoma City 7-4 and took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Omaha was down 4-2 when Rey Navarro drew a one-out walk in the sixth inning and moved to third on Paulo Orlando’s double. Mitch Canham reached on an error that allowed Rey Navarro to score as Orlando moved to third.

Gorkys Hernadez’s double brought home Orlando to tie the game 4-4 as Canham took third. Irving Falu then delivered a two-run double that made it 6-4. Later in the inning, Ben Broussard’s RBI single scored Christian Colon with the game’s final run.

Omaha took advantage of Oklahoma City errors in the second and fourth innings to score an unearned run in each frame.

Falu, Hernandez and Navarro each had two hits in the game. Lane Adams scored a pair of runs for the Storm Chasers.

Clayton Mortensen, who allowed four runs in five innings, got the win. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out four.

Buddy Baumann and Zach Jackson each pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Jackson got the save.

Last Sunday, when a Memphis win would have eliminated the Storm Chasers, the Redbirds blew a four-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning and lost in extra innings.

The team that saved Omaha’s season? Oklahoma City.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Yender Caramo gave up one run in six innings as the Chukars won 4-3 at Ogden.

Caramo, 6-3, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three as his ERA dropped to 3.84.

Michael Antonio had two hits, including a solo homer, and Carlos Garcia also had a pair of hits.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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