Omaha Drops Third Straight

The Omaha Storm Chasers (44-40) suffered their third straight loss at the hands of the Iowa Cubs (45-38) 5-3 in the first game of today’s day-night doubleheader, and are now 1.5 games back of the division-leading Chicago Cubs affiliate. Omaha has lost four of their last five road games, after they had a 10-1 stretch in games away from Werner Park.

Omaha jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Matt Fields, adding to his team-leading RBI total now at 43, but quickly gave up the lead in the next two innings on a two-out RBI double by Chris Valaika in the first and a two-run triple by Brett Jackson in the second. Right-hander Louis Coleman made his third career start in the game, and his three runs allowed in two innings nearly matched the four runs he had allowed in 12.2 innings as a reliever for Omaha this season.

Francisco Pena tied the game in the fourth on a two-out solo homer, his team-leading 14th of the season as he continues to add to his career best total for long balls. The I-Cubs used the stolen base in the fifth inning, in which they rank second in the PCL behind the Storm Chasers, to set up the go-ahead run in the frame on a sac fly by Javier Baez. The run came off of Tim Collins, who had not allowed runs in any of his five previous appearances for Omaha in 2014. Iowa added an insurance run on a two-out single by Jackson in the sixth.

The loss was Omaha’s fourth fall-from-ahead defeat this roadtrip, as they have scored first in all six games against Oklahoma City and Iowa. Storm Chasers relievers have given up 18 runs in their 18.2 innings over the last five games, with Omaha losing four games in that stretch.

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