A five-run ninth inning blew open a 5-5 game, as the Omaha Storm Chasers (41-32) had their seven-game win streak snapped with a 10-5 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes (33-40). The Chasers relief staff gave up eight runs in the game after they had allowed ten total runs in the month June before today.
Only one run was scored in the first four and a half innings, as Omaha starter and MLB Rehabber Bruce Chen and Albuquerque starter Jeff Bennett allowed a combined three hits, but 14 runs were scored over the final half of the ballgame. The loss spoiled a superb start from Chen, who allowed just two runs in 5.2 innings of work while racking up 11 strikeouts. Chen was the first Storm Chasers pitcher to total 11 strikeouts since Justin Marks last August and the amount is tied for the most by an Omaha pitcher as far back as 1999.
The Storm Chasers relievers gave up three homers to key the Isotopes comeback and five-run ninth, after the Omaha pitching staff had allowed just one home run in their last nine games. The 10 runs allowed in the game were the most Omaha had given up in a nine-inning game in over a month (had given up double-digit runs in a pair of seven-inning games during that stretch).
Johnny Giavotella was one of two Chasers to collect two RBI on the day, and the pair of runs driven in moved him in to sole possession of ninth place all-time on the Omaha RBI list at 216 RBI. Paulo Orlando collected two hits on the day and is the first player in the league to 90 hits this season.
Omaha will look to bounce back as they send out RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (5-3, 3.44 ERA), who has allowed two runs or less in nine of his twelve starts this season. He will faced off with Albuquerque RHP Zach Lee (5-7, 4.86 ERA), with first pitch on 1180 Zone 2 The Deuce and MiLB.TV scheduled for 7:05 p.m.