Hayes' Late Homer Salvages Twin Bill Split
OMAHA, Neb. - In front of the second largest crowd of the 2013 season at 7,459 fans, the Omaha Storm Chasers (31-40) split an afternoon doubleheader with the Albuquerque Isotopes (41-33), with Brett Hayes saving the Storm Chasers from a rough day with a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the final game to win 2-1.
Omaha was held to three hits and four baserunners total through the first five innings, and seemed to be destined for another low-scoring loss before Hayes launched a two-out homer to leftfield to win it for the Chasers after lefty Will Smith shut down Albuquerque in the seventh. Hayes is tied with Max Ramirez for the second most home runs with eight, and has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 games while batting .304 (24-for-79) with four of the eight round-trippers during that span.
The homer also took left-hander Everett Teaford off the hook for a rough loss, as he allowed only one run, on a solo homer to designated hitter Rusty Ryal in the second, in his five innings of work. Teaford has not suffered a loss as a starter for Omaha since his opening start of the 2011 season on April 11 against Round Rock. During that stretch of 14 starts, the southpaw has allowed only nine earned runs in 66 total innings for a 1.22 ERA.
In the first game of the afternoon the Chasers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings in the books, with second baseman Christian Colon hitting his fifth homer of the season for the second run of the game. In the top of the third Albuquerque blew the game wide open with nine runs in the frame as the Topes sent 13 men to the plate while every player scored in the inning. The nine runs were the most Omaha had given up in an inning this season and the second most runs in an inning in Werner Park history.
Tomorrow marks the second TV game of the 2013 season for the Storm Chasers, which will be broadcast locally on Channel 126 for Cox subscribers. Fans who tune in will get to see left-hander Danny Duffy (0-0, 15.19 ERA) make his third start as a part of his MLB Rehab, and his first appearance at Werner Park since July 14, 2011. Duffy will face off with fellow lefty Rob Rasmussen (0-1, 10.24 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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