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Chasers Sock 'Sox 11-5 in Front of 7,330

August 31, 2018 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Omaha Storm Chasers News Release

Omaha scored nine runs in a second frame that featured 14 batters, while shortstop Nicky Lopez posted three hits, designated hitter Frank Schwindel smacked his 36th double of the year and right fielder Elier Hernandez drove in three runs in the Storm Chasers' 11-5 home finale victory in front of 7,330 fans at Werner Park.

The Storm Chasers franchise welcomed 345,830 fans in 65 home openings through the 2018 campaign, the 50th season in franchise history. The club has now welcomed over 340,000 fans in each of the last 11 seasons dating back through 2008.

After Schwindel's RBI double in the first, the Storm Chasers surged ahead with their highest single-inning scoring output of 2018. CF Donnie Dewees ' run-scoring triple started the spurt that was also highlighted by RBI knocks from 3B Ramon Torres , 1B Humberto Arteaga , Hernandez and C Parker Morin . Dewees also drove in his second run of the inning when he was hit by a pitch in his second plate appearance. The Chasers added another tally in the third to up their advantage to 11 prior to Colorado Springs scoring the final five runs of the contest.

Lopez (3-5, 2 R) led all Storm Chasers hitters with his trio of knocks, with Torres (2-5, 2 R, RBI) and Arteaga (2-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB) adding two hits apiece. Schwindel's double places him one two-bagger shy of matching the Omaha franchise's single-season doubles record of 37 set by Steve Hammond in 1983 and matched by Clint Robinson in 2012. Sky Sox SS Nate Orf (3-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB) reached base four times and was the lone batter from his side to record multiple hits.

Storm Chasers starter Jonathan Dziedzic (5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) earned his eighth win of the year, tying him with Trevor Oaks for the team lead, with Zach Lovvorn (4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) notched a four-inning save. Sky Sox righty Tim Dillard (1.2 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) suffered the defeat.

Omaha completes their 2018 campaign with a four-game series in New Orleans, with the series opener on Friday scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT. RHP Glenn Sparkman (4-1, 4.48) is expected to get the nod for the Storm Chasers, with RHP Zac Gallen (8-8, 3.82) anticipated to toe the rubber for the Baby Cakes.

The Storm Chasers begin their 2019 home slate at Werner Park on Tuesday, April 9 versus the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Ticket packages for the 2019 season are available. For more information, fans may contact the Werner Park Ticket Office (402) 738-5100 or email tickets@omahastormchasers.com.


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