Storm Chasers Take Over First Place

With a second straight win over their I-80 rival by a score of 7-5, the Omaha Storm Chasers (60-54) took first place in the American Conference North Division from the Iowa Cubs (61-56) in front of 8,201 fans at Werner Park Sunday. Omaha has now won six of their last seven games against the I-Cubs to even the season series at 7-7.

Carlos Peguero helped Omaha build a 7-1 lead in the first five innings with two homers, giving him four in his last four games, for his second multi-homer game and 11th by Omaha batters this season. In four years in the Pacific Coast League, Peguero has tormented Iowa Cubs pitching with 11 homers in his 23 career games and six homers in 12 games as a Storm Chaser. In his last nine games, the left-handed slugger has 14 hits and nine extra-base hits to raise his average from .238 to .258.

Aaron Brooks earned his team-leading eighth win of the season with 5.2 innings of work, allowing three runs with five strikeouts. He allowed two homers to Cubs prospect Javy Baez, who is tied with Chasers catcher Francisco Pena for the second most homers in the PCL at 23, and was one out shy of recording his sixth career Triple-A quality start. Iowa got back in the game at 7-5 with a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Louis Coleman earned his fifth save by setting down Cubs top prospects Baez, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler in order in the ninth.

Matt Fields also homered in the game for Omaha for his 22nd on the year, tied for fifth most in the league, which was also his PCL-leading 51st extra-base hit. The total is a new career high, eclipsing the mark of 49 he set last year with Northwest Arkansas. Paulo Orlando drove in a run on the day on his team-leading 126th hit, second most in the Pacific Coast League.

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