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Class AAA Omaha stays on hot streak by winning a slugfest

06/15/2014 10:56 PM

06/15/2014 10:56 PM

Class AAA Omaha pounded out 15 hits and rallied for a 10-7 victory Sunday night at Fresno.

The Storm Chasers trailed 3-1 after the first inning and 7-6 after four. But Christian Colon had a two-run double in the fifth inning and scored on a single by Justin Maxwell as Omaha took a 9-7 lead.

In the seventh inning, Jimmy Paredes’ single brought home Johnny Giavotella with the final run of the night for the Storm Chasers.

After Omaha scored a run in the top of the first thanks in part to an error, starter Aaron Brooks gave up three in the bottom half. But in the second, the Storm Chasers scored five times. Paulo Orlando’s single scored Whit Merrifield, and Colon’s groundout brought home Matt Fields.

Orlando scored when Justin Maxwell reached on an error, and Brett Eibner added a two-run single.

Brooks gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits over five innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. Casey Coleman threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Spencer Patton got his 14th save.

Brett Eibner, Orlando and Merrifield each had three hits, while Maxwell and Paredes had two apiece. Fields walked three times and scored twice.

Omaha has won six straight, seven of its last eight and is 17-5 over its last 22 games.

Other games

Tim Melville didn’t allow a run in 6 1/3 innings, but Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 4-2 in 10 innings against Arkansas. Melville gave up four hits, walked three and struck out six, but the Travelers scored two in the eighth inning against Danny Reynolds and David Carpenter and tied the game. In the 10th, Angel Baez allowed two hits, walked two, threw a wild pitch and gave up two runs. Juan Graterol’s two-run double was all the scoring the Naturals managed.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning and beat Carolina 3-2. Trailing by two, the Blue Rocks opened their big inning with singles from Daniel Rockett, Kenny Diekroeger and Logan Davis to load the bases. Mark Donato had an RBI single and Bubba Starling added a sacrifice fly that tied the game. Hunter Dozier followed with a double that gave Wilmington the lead. Starter Glenn Sparkman allowed one run in five innings, but got a no-decision.

Charleston scored all of its runs in the last three innings and beat Class A Lexington 10-3. Starter Crawford Simmons didn’t allow a run over five innings as he gave up two hits, walked four and struck out six. But the Legends’ bullpen imploded. DH Carlos Garcia had two RBIs.

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