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Omaha and St. Paul Each Collect 4-2 Wins Saturday

May 18, 2024 - International League (IL)
Omaha Storm Chasers News Release

ST. PAUL, MINN. - The Omaha Storm Chasers split a doubleheader with the St. Paul Saints Saturday, losing the completion of Friday's suspended game 4-2 before bouncing back and taking the latter contest, 4-2 in seven innings.

GAME 1: Saints 4, Storm Chasers 2 (Friday, May 17)

As has been the case much of this year, the Storm Chasers scored first Friday night, as Devin Mann walked in the top of the second, pulled off a double steal with Tyler Gentry and scored on a wild pitch.

St. Paul countered quickly in the bottom of the second, as Tony Kemp connected on a two-run homer for a 2-1 lead.

Omaha starter Zach Davies worked a scoreless third before CJ Alexander tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth with a solo homer, his team-leading seventh of the year.

While it had rained for much of the game, the precipitation intensified in the middle of the fourth inning Davies brought Yunior Severino to a 2-2 count in the bottom of the fourth before the tarp came on the field and the contest was suspended until Saturday.

Walter Pennington took the mound behind Davies Saturday afternoon and struck out the side, striking out five batters over 3.0 scoreless innings.

Drew Waters singled with two outs in the top of the fifth but Omaha was unable to get another baserunner, as the final 13 Storm Chasers were retired in order.

Behind Pennington, Colin Selby pitched a perfect seventh inning, but hit a batter to open the bottom of the eighth and surrendered a two-run homer to Michael Helman that put the Saints ahead for the 4-2 score that held to be final.

Evan Sisk got the final out of the eighth behind Selby, but Omaha went quietly in the ninth to drop the completion of the suspended game.

GAME 2: Storm Chasers 4, Saints 2 (7 Innings)

Like the game prior, Omaha and St. Paul traded scoreless first innings before the Storm Chasers erupted for a three-run inning in the top of the second and led the rest of the way.

Logan Porter doubled to open the second, then Ryan Fitzgerald bunted for a single to put runners on the corners with just one out. Tyler Gentry singled Porter home, then Fitzgerald scored on a fielder's choice and error that put Cam Devanney on base. With two outs, Nate Eaton doubled Devanney in for a 3-0 Omaha advantage.

Jonah Dipoto and Carlos Hernández each threw 2.0 innings of one-run ball to open the game, with Dipoto making his second start of the year. Dipoto surrendered a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning to Chris Williams while Hernández allowed a solo shot to Michael Helman to open the bottom of the third inning, Helman's fourth homer of the week.

The Chasers were held to three singles and two walks between the third and sixth innings, before Nick Loftin added a runoff insurance in the top of the seventh, his second home run of the week.

Austin Cox, Steven Cruz and Sam Long each threw a scoreless inning of relief to finish the final three innings, combining to retire the final seven Saints hitters in the game. Long earned his second save of the season, as he fired a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

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