Storm Chasers Sweep Albuquerque

By: Mark Schneider Email
By: Mark Schneider Email

The Storm Chasers swept a doubleheader Wednesday night in Albuquerque by identical scores of 6-3.

David Lough reached on an error by shortstop Dee Gordon to begin the game. Christian Colon singled Lough to third and Xavier Nady walked to load the bases. After Max Ramirez was called out on strikes, Anthony Seratelli singled to score Lough and Colon. Nady then scored on Brett Hayes' sacrifice fly to left.

The Isotopes got a run back in the home first on an Elian Herrera single and a Scott Van Slyke double. They tied the game at 3-3 in the second as Brian Barden singled and Matt Wallach walked. Alfredo Amezaga singled in Barden. With two outs, Herrera singled home Wallach.

Omaha scored three runs in the fifth. Paulo Orlando reached on another error by Gordon to open the inning. Lough singled him to third. With Colon batting, Lough was thrown out trying to steal second. Colon then singled home Orlando to make it 4-3.

After Nady struck out, Stephen Fife (0-1) threw a wild pitch allowing Colon to advance to second. Ramirez would single him home. After Red Patterson replaced Fife, Seratelli singled, Hayes walked to load the bases and Irving Falu walked to force in the sixth run.

Chaser starter Will Smith (1-1) went five innings, charged with three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Omaha jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the second game. Lough singled and Colon reached on an error by third baseman Barden. With Johnny Giavotella batting, Lough and Colon pulled off a double steal. Giavotella would reach on a throwing error by shortstop Gordon, allowing both men to score.

Adam Moore doubled and Willy Taveras singled him in for a 3-0 lead. In the fourth, Moore walked and Taveras reached on a bunt single. Brandon Wood singled to load the bases for Lough, who singled home two more runs for a 5-0 lead.

Scott Van Slyke homered in the home fourth for the Isotopes' first run. Max Ramirez homered in the fifth for the Storm Chasers to give them a 6-1 lead.

Van Slyke took it deep again in the sixth and a Nick Buss RBI triple gave Albuquerque another run in the bottom of the seventh.

Chris Dwyer (1-1) was the winner and Ted Lilly (0-1) took the loss.


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