The Omaha Storm Chasers (1-2) overcame a 3-1 deficit with clutch hitting, including a walk-off single by Triple-A newcomer Matt Fields, to earn their first win of the season by a score of 4-3 and split Saturday’s doubleheader with the Nashville Sounds (2-1).
Fields provided both the walk-off RBI single as well as the game-tying RBI single in the 5th inning as he and Brett Eibner, also a Triple-A newcomer this season, powered the Omaha comeback. Eibner launched a solo homer to lead off that 5th frame on an 0-2 count, and Fields’ run-scoring single came on an 0-2 count with two outs. Eibner hit 19 homers for Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season, while Fields led all Kansas City Minor Leaguers with 87 RBI for Northwest Arkansas in 2013.
It was the earliest walk-off win for Omaha since they did so on April 8, 2006, which was also the third game of the season, against the Nashville Sounds and in the second game of a doubleheader at home. The Storm Chasers avoided going 0-3 to start a second straight season, and the last four wins for Omaha at Werner Park (including the 2013 Playoffs) have come in their final at-bat.