Chasers Walk off 3-2 After Falling 12-9 in Suspended Game
San Antonio catcher David Freitas mashed a grand slam in the thirteenth inning to give the Missions a 12-9 victory in the resumption of Sunday afternoon's suspended game, while Storm Chasers first baseman Samir Duenez blasted a leadoff walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh of a 3-2 win in Monday's regularly scheduled game at Werner Park.
Freitas crushed his bases-loaded opposite-field homer with one out in the 13th frame to break to 8-8 tie. Two innings earlier, both teams swapped single tallies in the 11th. The Missions opened an early 6-0 advantage after two innings, however Omaha clawed back starting with a four-run second highlighted by C Xavier Fernandez 's three-run homer to left-center.
The Storm Chasers would then answer the Missions' single score in the fourth with a two-spot in the last of the frame, which included a solo homer from 2B Chase d'Arnaud . One inning later, 1B Samir Duenez drove an RBI single to right to tie the game at 7-7, a score that remained until extra innings.
Omaha reliever Josh Staumont (1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) suffered the defeat in the resumed contest, while Missions righty Jay Jackson earned the victory. The loss snapped Staumont's 14.1 scoreless innings streak, the longest mark by a Storm Chasers pitcher in 2019.
Duenez blasted the walk-off homer to start the bottom of the seventh of Monday's regularly scheduled game, giving Omaha the 3-2 win. The Storm Chasers also struck first in that contest, taking advantage of a pair of San Antonio errors. The Missions would then even the score via 3B Lucas Erceg 's two-run homer in the second.
Omaha southpaw Jake Kalish (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 K) did not factor in the decision despite a quality outing, while lefty Jonathan Dziedzic (0.1 IP, BB) earned the win. San Antonio righty Luke Barker (0.1 IP, H, R, ER, K) suffered the defeat.
Omaha is set to begin a nine-game road trip on Tuesday, June 25 with a four-game series versus the Iowa Cubs. First pitch at Principal Park is slated for 7:08pm. RHP Arnaldo Hernandez (1-4, 8.79) is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers, while the I-Cubs are expected to send RHP Matt Swarmer (4-7, 5.969) to the hill.
Omaha returns to Werner Park on Thursday July 4 to start a four-game set with the Nashville Sounds, with that night's series opener featuring the "Biggest Fireworks in the Omaha Metro" as part of the 51stt Annual First National Bank Independence Fireworks Spectacular. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.
Tickets for that game and all remaining Storm Chasers home contests can be purchased online at www.omahastormchasers.com, or by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office from noon until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at (402) 738-5100.
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