The Omaha Storm Chasers (7-5) won their first home series of the 2013 season by taking the finale against the Nashville Sounds (4-7) by a margin of 3-2. Omaha lost an early lead, but infielder Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Xavier Nady both hit solo homers to give the Chasers their third comeback win of the year.
The Storm Chasers scored in the first inning for the third time in the four games with the Sounds when David Lough led off the game for Omaha with a triple and two batters later Johnny Giavotella knocked him in with a RBI single. After Nashville took a 2-1 edge on a second inning solo homer by outfielder Sean Halton and a RBI single by shortstop Ozzie in the third, Giavotella evened the game at 2-2 with his first home run of the season in the fourth inning. Giavotella was 6-for-13 in the series with five of his six RBI on the year.
The game remained at 2-2 until outfielder Xavier Nady led off the seventh inning with an opposite field solo homer, his team-leading third long bomb of the season and first career homer at Werner Park. The solo shot by Nady turned a no decision into a win for Storm Chasers starter Chris Dwyer (2-1, 3.00 ERA), who tossed the longest start by an Omaha starter this season at seven innings and allowed only two runs in his third consecutive start.
Relievers Donnie Joseph and Michael Mariot both pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Dwyer to clinch the series win, with Mariot earning his team-leading second save of the young season. Both Joseph and Mariot have allowed only one earned run in five appearances, while Joseph is tied for the lead among relievers with 11 strikeouts.
Omaha faced three top-20 prospects in the Milwaukee organization in the series with Nashville, and won all three of those games. The Storm Chasers improved their record against Nashville at Werner Park to 14-6, and Omaha is undefeated against the Sounds in the eight home day games the two teams have played.
Omaha honored baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson during the game by wearing specialty “42” jerseys, and officially retired the baseball legend’s number at Werner Park during an in-game ceremony. The Storm Chasers auctioned the signed jerseys off during the game, and raised $1,435 for the Home Run Foundation of Greater Omaha. Twelve jerseys are still available for bidding on the Storm Chasers online store and the Storm Front Team Store will be holding auctions during this Thursday and Friday’s games for four jerseys each night.
The Storm Chasers welcome the Albuquerque Isotopes to Werner Park for a four-game series starting Tuesday, with the Omaha taking three out of four at Isotopes Park in the first week of the 2013 season. Left-hander Will Smith (1-1, 4.50 ERA) will make his first home start of the season, and will face off with the number nine prospect in the Dodgers organization in right-hander Matt Magill (0-0, 5.00 ERA). First pitch will be 6:35 p.m. on the first Cox Communications “2 For Tuesday” of the season, where the first 125 fans who show their paper or online Cox Communications bill can receive two box seat tickets in Section 124 for the price of one.