FRESNO, CA (July 29) – The Storm Chasers emerged victorious in a see-saw battle in Central California, as Omaha outlasted Fresno 5-4 on Sunday night at Chukchansi Park.
Fresno scored first in the bottom of the 2nd; A.J. Reed doubled, and Jamie Ritchie singled on a sun-lost popup to score Reed for a 1-0 lead.
Omaha briefly tied the game in the top of the 5th. Ramon Torres singled, and Donnie DeWees clubbed a home run.
The Grizzlies regained the lead in the bottom of the 5th, as Jamie Ritchie doubled, went to 3rd on a single by Myles Straw, and scored on a single by Antonio Nunez, making it 3-2 Fresno.
Jake Kalish turned in another solid start for the Chasers, pitching 6 innings and scattering 3 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 8 and walked none.
In the top of the 7th, Cam Gallagher singled, Elier Hernandez doubled, and Donnie DeWees walked to load the bases. Humberto Arteaga then tied the game by hitting into a fielder’s choice, making it 3-3.
Trent Thornton was lifted after tossing 7 frames for Frseno; he was charged with 3 runs, 6 hits, and 1 walk, with 7 strikeouts.
In the top of the 10th, Nicky Lopez tripled home the automatic runner, giving Omaha a 4-3 lead. But Fresno answered in the bottom of the inning on a 2-out RBI single by Derek Fisher, knotting the game at 4.
Ramon Torres put Omaha back in front with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th, after a wild pitch had sent Terrance Gore to 3rd.
Michael Mariot (S, 2) stranded two runners in the bottom of the 11th, nailing down his 2nd save with Omaha, and giving the Chasers 5 wins in their last 6 games.
Single-game tickets are available for all remaining 2018 Storm Chasers home contests, and may be purchased online at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets, or through the Werner Park Ticket Office during open hours from noon until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday either in-person or by calling (402) 738-5100.